KARACHI: Post-reelection of Narendra Modi, and recently after the death of Sushant Singh Rajput the Indian film industry has been sizzling on a hot plate. Several actors and actresses have been brought into questions, with many turning Bollywood into an interrogating room. As religious jingoism has come forward post CAA and NRC, India has shown a growing religious sensitivity and hypernationalism. One person who has now come in the way is Amitabh Bachchan, who had an FIR filed against him recently.
Viewers have said that one of the questions hurt Hindu sentiments.
The whole debacle started after Senior Bachchan asked a question regarding an ancient Hindu scripture called “Manusmirti”. The guests appearing on that episode of KBC were social activist Bezwada Wilson and Anoop Soni.
The question which was for 640,000 INR asked, “On 25 December 1927, Dr. BR Ambedkar and his followers burned copies of which scripture?” The options given were, Vishnu Purana, Bhagavad Gita, Rigdev, and Manusmriti.” The answer was Manusmriti.
Following the answer from his guests, Amitabh Bachchan explained in Hindi that Ambedkar condemned the ancient Hindu scripture in 1927, also burning several copies of the text in an effort to stand against the caste system.
As reported by Gulf News, this explanation did not sit well with a number of viewers, and soon a trending movement picked up the pace on social media – #BoycottKBC. This later escalated in the form of an FIR getting filed against Amitabh Bachchan.
While several statuses are against the megastar, a handful amount of tweets have also come forward in support of Amitabh Bachchan.
According to Season Media, several leaders, including the state president of Hindu Mahasabha Rishi Trivedi, Pankaj Tiwari, a state spokesperson, and Vikas Panday who is an executive member reached Hazratganj Kotwali on Saturday and demanded strict legal action against KBC’s production company and the Piku star.
Speaking to the press, Rishi Trivedi said that by asking such unnecessary questions, the work has been done to spread and incite caste differences to Hindu society, and the Hindu Mahasabha will not tolerate it.
The FIR against Amitabh Bachchan is reflective of the growing turmoil when it comes to religious sentiments in India.