Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 found itself in a controversy after its November 6 episode aired on television. The host of the show, Amitabh Bachchan asked a question to the contestant Shaheha Chandran and its options did not go down well with a section of the audience.
The Rs 80,000 question read – Which of these rulers was the contemporary of Mughal emperor Aurangazeb? The four options given were Maharana Pratap, Rana Sanga, Maharaj Ranjit Singh and Shivaji. As soon as the episode aired, people took to social media to slam Sony TV and Big B for insulting Shivaji by not adding any prefix to his name, like the other options. Netizens took to Twitter to demand a ban on KBC for the same.
Soon, the channel’s official handle posted the video stating an apology, “There was an inaccurate reference to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during Wednesday’s KBC episode, due to inadvertence. We deeply regret the same and being mindful of the sentiments of our viewers have carried a scroll expressing regret during our episode yesterday.”
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There was an inaccurate reference to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during Wednesday’s KBC episode, due to inadvertence. We deeply regret the same and being mindful of the sentiments of our viewers have carried a scroll expressing regret during our episode yesterday. @amitabhbachchan @001danishkhan #KBC11
Siddhartha Basu, the producer of the show shared on Twitter, “No insult or disrespect whatsoever was intended to the memory of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in a question on KBC 11. This season there have been a number of questions which have all used his name with the full title. Apologies for the inadvertent omission of title in the choice.”
In another tweet, he mentioned, “Missing the title was a regrettable oversight & not deliberate at all as the title had been used while giving the answer to the question. This error has been rectified as below & will available in due course in the episode on @SonyLIV”
No disrespect meant at all .. apologies if it has hurt sentiments .. 🙏 https://t.co/ynPav4DYfO
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 8, 2019
Big B also took to Twitter on Friday evening. He tweeted, “No disrespect meant at all .. apologies if it has hurt sentiments…”
A source close to KBC shared with indianexpress.com, “It was a human error. The makers understand and accept the same. And this is the reason the apology was aired on Thursday’s episode. The channel did not intend to hurt any sentiments and hopes the public accepts its apology.”
Bankrolled by Studio NEXT, Kaun Banega Crorepati 11, till now, has seen three crorepati winners in Sanoj Raj, Babita Tade and Gautam Kumar Jha.