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Row over Shivaji Maharaj's reference in KBC, Sony apologises
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    Mumbai, Nov 8 (PTI) A question on quiz show Kaun
Banega Crorepati (KBC) on Sony TV, which had a reference to
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, has triggered a controversy and
invited the charge that it showed "disrespect" to the 17th
century Maratha warrior.
    The television channel late last night issued an on-
air apology for inaccurate reference to the Maratha king,
which it said, was an inadvertent error.
    The controversy erupted when on Wednesday a question
was asked in the show, hosted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan,
about the contemporaries of Aurangazeb, a Mughal emperor who
ruled major parts of India in the 17th century.
    Among the four options, Chhatrapati Shivaji was
mentioned as "Shivaji", while other options were Maharana
Pratap, Rana Sanga and Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
    Irked with such a reference, several people took to
social media to criticise Sony and seek an apology.
    The channel, by way of a ticker, issued an apology
during Thursday's KBC episode.
    "There was an inaccurate reference to Chhatrapati
Shivaji Maharaj during Wednesdays 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. #KBC11." the channel
said.
    Maharashtra BJP MLA Nitesh Rane, earlier on Friday,
demanded an apology from the entertainment giant for a
"disrespectful" reference to Shivaji Maharaj.
    Rane said, "@sonykbc10 has insulted (Shivaji Maharaj)
by referring him in first person singular form. It should
tender apology at the earliest."
    Issuing a warning, he said, "If they delay it
(apology) further, the show will not have any life line to
continue further." PTI ND KKP BNM
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