Aditya Narayan, the host of the singing reality show Indian Idol, has broken his silence on the ‘shocking’ incident when a contestant forcibly kissed singer Neha Kakkar recently. This was after music composer Vishal Dadlani revealed that he was in favour of calling the cop.
Speaking to Times of India, Aditya said that he made every attempt to protect Neha immediately as the contestant forcibly kissed the Indian Idol judge. Terming the development ‘shocking,’ Aditya said, “You don’t expect such an incident to happen. Our first reaction was to get him away from Neha Kakkar. I don’t know if the makers have taken any action against him. As a host at that moment, I tried to safeguard Neha. What happens next is not in my hands.”
In the promo video, shared by Sony TV last week, Neha was seen interacting with one of the contestants on the stage. The contestant, carrying plenty of gifts for Neha, had asked her if she recognised him. Unbale to recognise the contestant, Neha accepted the gifts nonetheless. The contestant had then moved forward to give Neha a hug. It was during the hug, when the contestant planted a kiss on the popular singer’s cheek, leaving everyone including the other two judges shocked.
Aditya added, “I am sure he didn’t mean it in an inappropriate way. I understand what it is to have fans who are obsessed. I know this man has a tattoo of Neha on his hands. So in some way this man must have immense love for her. You kind of feel for them as well. But you need to make them aware of where to draw the line.”
Vishal Dadlani, who along with Anu Malik forms the three-judge panel of the show, recently revealed that he wanted to call the cop. “I suggested that the Police be called, but Neha decided to let the guy off the hook. He definitely needs psychiatric help, and we will try to help him get that, if we can. #IndianIdol11,” Vishal wrote on Twitter in response to a tweet from one of his fans.
Sony TV was earlier condemned for using the incident to promote its programme. Faced with condemnation the channel appears to have removed the video from all its social media platforms.
Indian Idol is broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays at 8 PM. This season’s audition round has seen some incredible singers join the show.