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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ‘insulted’ on KBC; Sony admits mistake

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Mumbai, Nov 8 : If Mughal emperor Aurangzeb can be addressed as Samrat, why should Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj be referred to as Shivaji?

A section “Kaun Banega Crorepati” viewers on social media, along with BJP leader Nitesh Rane and Shri Rajput Karni Sena, raised protest over a KBC question where the Maratha warrior ruler was simply referred to as Shivaji. As #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv started trending on social media, Sony TV — which airs the show — came out to publicly admit mistake.

The controversy arose after show host Amitabh Bachchan asked this question on a recent episode: Which of these rulers was a contemporary of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb? A) Maharana Pratap B) Rana Sanga C) Maharaja Ranjit Singh D) Shivaji.

While asking this question, Bachchan mentioned Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as Shivaji. The answer option also read “Shivaji”.

Soon, many viewers started alleging that the channel authorities and Amitabh Bachchan have shown disrespect towards the great Maratha ruler and demanded an apology from Bachchan as well as the channel.

The issue continued to be a talking point on social media, and the hashtag #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv continued trending on Friday morning.

A user tweeted: “#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv This is painful…. and shameful too. This is what we are lacking, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj did so much and we cant even respect his work, what coming generation going to learn from this?”

Another tweet read: “#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv Mentioning Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as just ‘Shivaji’ is an insult to the great Maratha Warrior.”

Another user expressed: “#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv 1) KBC serial in Sony Tv shows respect to Aurangzeb as Mugal sambrat & Shri Chattrapathi Shivaji Maharaj as ‘Shivaji’ mentioned. We oppose this dis respect of The great Hindu king.”

Taking a dig at the show’s host Amitabh Bachchan, a set of users tweeted:

“#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv I was a big fan of @SrBachchan and regular viewer of @SonyTV but not anymore…You are not bigger than Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj”.

“@SonyTV shouldn’t be telecast #KBC untill they apologise to the people of India. @SrBachchan sir, you should have correct it. #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv”.

“#Boycott_KBC_SonyTv @SrBachchan sir, it was never expected from such a respectable person like you that you called a cruel Mughal Emperor with such respect & #ChatrapatiShivajiMaharaj just by his first name & disrespect him”.

Finally, the channel authorities admitted their mistake.

On Thursday evening’s episode of “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, the channel authorities ran a ticker, which read: “There was an inaccurate reference to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during yesterday’s episode, due to inadvertence. We deeply regret the same.”

Earlier, BJP leader Nitesh Rane demanded an apology from KBC, failing which he has allegedly threatened the show would have no lifeline left.

Also, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena had submitted a letter to Mumbai’s Bangur Nagar Police Station demanding action against the KBC management and asking for a written apology from Sony channel.

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Punit Goenka to ZEEL staff: Stake sale as per debt repayment plan

Shares of ZEEL on the BSE, closed at Rs 345.25 on Thursday, higher by Rs 38.10 or 12.40 per cent from the previous close.

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New Delhi, Nov 21 : Punit Goenka, the MD and CEO of Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) has written to the employees of the company saying the proposed sale of 16.5 per cent stake by the Essel Group is in line with the overall debt repayment plan.

Describing the decision as a strong step forward, Goenka, who was reappointed as the MD and CEO earlier in November, said he looks forward to work with the employees and elevate the company to a global media and entertainment powerhouse, said the communication seen by IANS.

He said the promoters would continue to hold 5 per cent stake in the company and thanked the employees for their trust and support.

The Subhash Chandra-led Essel group on Wednesday announced that it is planning to sell 16.5 per cent stake in ZEEL to financial investors in order to repay loan obligations to certain lenders of the group.

After this transaction, the promoter stake in Zee Entertainment will be reduced to 5 per cent, which means that media baron Subhash Chandra will lose control of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.

Zee, considered a pioneer of television entertainment industry in India, was launched by Subhash Chandra in 1992. Ever since the launch year, the company expanded operations to enter packaging, infrastructure, education, precious metals, finance and technology sectors.

Earlier this year, Essel Group sold up to 11 per cent in Zee Entertainment to Invesco Oppenheimer Developing Markets Fund for Rs 4,224 crore.

Prior to the Wednesday announcement, Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group companies held 22.37 per cent promoter stake in Zee. Of this, 21.48 per cent was pledged as collateral against finances availed by Essel Group firms.

Post completion of the transaction announced on Wednesday by the company, Oppenheimer Developing Markets Fund and OFI Global China will together hold 18.74 per cent.

Shares of ZEEL on the BSE, closed at Rs 345.25 on Thursday, higher by Rs 38.10 or 12.40 per cent from the previous close.

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Sona Mohapatra on Anu Malik’s stepping down: It’s a symbolic victory

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Mumbai, Nov 21 : Singer Sona Mohapatara on Thursday said that she considers music composer Anu Malik’s stepping down as “Indian Idol” judge a “symbolic victory” for all women who have faced sexual harassment.

An “elated” Sona told IANS: “It’s great news. Sony TV took a long time do this but I am happy that he has finally stepped down from the show. It’s a battle of the whole country. There are so many people who did not want to see this person (Malik) flaunting himself on national television because it gives a lot of wrong messages to predators that they can also get away with such a thing.”

She added: “I was fighting for fairness and justice. Now, after hearing this news, I think it is a victory for eveyrbody — not just me but also for all other women who were badly treated by him. It is a symbolic victory. Our fight is not over yet, it’s just a start. We are not going to sit here and let people to take us for granted.”

The issue erupted in 2018 when Mohapatra for the first time accused Malik of sexual misconduct, which forced the composer to step down from season 10 of the show last year. Singers Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit had also joined Mohapatra in alleging sexual harassment against Malik.

However, when Sony TV reinstated Malik on season 11 this year, Mohapatra restarted her campaign against the composer and the channel.

Over the past days, she has mustered huge support on social media, and people have increasingly been demanding Malik’s removal from the show.

A few days ago, Malik took to social media and claimed “false and unverified allegations” were being levelled against him. He said that he was “in pain” and “in a dark space”, demanding justice.

And now on Thursday, the composer decided to quit the show. A source close to Sony TV confirmed to IANS that Malik “is stepping down as a judge from Indian Idol”.

Malik’s decision has come after Sona wrote an open letter to the Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Smriti Irani, urging her to look into the ongoing debate Malik.

“My open letter to the honourable minister for women & child development. @smritiirani, I hugely admire you, your tenacity and commitment to work for the welfare of people in India and I request you to please read this.Many more women are writing in to me privately about this man,” she tweeted.

After Sona’s letter, National Commission for Women had send notice to Sony TV.

The commission also shared the notice on their official Twitter handle. They captioned it: “@NCWIndia has taken Suo-motu cognizance of this matter and send a notice to Sony Entertainment Television @sharmarekha @MinistryWCD @PMOIndia.”

In the notice, the commission mentioned Mohapatra’s tweet, and asked the channel to clarify what action was taken on the matter.

Asked if her letter to Smriti Irani has created an affect on Malik’s decision, Sona said: “I really would not know. I am sitting here in my own little world. If my letter or her name has created any affect then I would like to thank her. She is an amazing woman.”

Talking of Malik’s decision, in an interview to Times Of India, he shared that “he wants to go on a three-week break from the show, and will come back after his name is cleared”.

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Ranu Mondal’s viral makeup pic ‘fake’, claims salon

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Mumbai, Nov 21 : The recent viral photograph of internet singing sensation Ranu Mondal, which showed her wearing ghastly white makeup, is fake, claims the salon that styled the singer.

Sandhya’s Makeover, the ladies’ beauty parlour in Kanpur that recently made headlines for doing Ranu’s makeup on the particular occasion, has also released a picture of Ranu’s real look on that day.

Taking to their official page on Instagram, team Sandhya’s Makeover posted: “As you can see, this is the difference between the work that we have done and the ‘Fake’ picture that has been edited to an extent. All the jokes and trolls are fine and they make us laugh too but to hurt someone sentiments, that’s not a very good thing to do. We truly hope that you all will understand the truth and realise the difference between the fake one and the one that is genuine. That’s all we ask for.”

Soon after Ranu Mondal’s makeup photo went viral, social media went abuzz with trolls and memes attacking the singer. A meme even photoshopped her face on a fairness cream advertisement because in the ‘fake’ photo the singer looks several shades fairer.

Ever since she rose to fame, Ranu Mondal has always managed to be in the headlines for many controversial others. Recently, she was in the news for behaving rather aggressively with a pushy fan who insisted for her selfie.

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