Bigg Boss is one reality show that is known to attract controversies and this year is no different. One big controversy that erupted on the show last week was regarding the insult of “Marathi language” by a contestant on the show. The contestant is none other than Jaan Kumar Sanu, son of popular singer Kumar Sanu.
In Tuesday episode, Jaan Kumar Sanu had an argument with Rahul Vaidya and Nikki Tamboli and during this heated discussion, he can be seen blurting out, “that if they wish to speak with him, then don’t talk in Marathi“. The clip of him saying this has been posted on social media and has gone viral. This statement has not gone down well with both MNS and Shiv Sena.
Viacom 18 and Jaan Kumar Sanu had already issued an apology in regards to the same. Now legendary singer Kumar Sanu too has spoken in regards to the matter. He has shared a video with Hindustan Times, in which he has spoken in Hindi regarding this matter. He shared, “I heard that my son, Jaan, said something very wrong that never crossed my mind or could have crossed my mind in these 41 years. Maharashtra, Mumbai and Mumba devi blessed me and gave me name, fame and everything else. I can never think such things about that same Mumba devi and Maharashtra. I love and respect all languages of India. I have sung songs in different languages”.
He further distanced himself from this controversy and even from his son. He said, “I have not been with my son for 27 years. We have been living separately for 27 years. I don’t know about the upbringing his mother gave him and I don’t understand how he could have said such a thing. I am sorry. As a father, I can only apologise to you all.”
Jaan Kumar Sanu had also mentioned on the show that his father had abandoned him when he was not even born.
On Wednesday, Viacom 18 Media Private Limited has issued an apology letter for Jaan’s “objectionable comment”. The apology letter had shared with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray by Viacom 18 and it stated, “We hereby apologise if we have inadvertently hurt the feelings of the people of Maharashtra due to the broadcast of the same comment in relation to the Marathi language”. They also mentioned that the objectionable part has been removed from all future broadcasts.
The channel also aired an apology by Jaan Kumar Sanu in Wednesday’s episode. In that clip, Jaan mentions that he did not mean any harm and even apologized for this grave error.
Even Jaan Kumar mother Rita Bhattacharya had issued a statement saying that Jaan had meant no harm to the language and it was misinterpreted. He just meant to tell his fellow contestants to speak in Hindi, which is as per rules of the show.