Kaun Banega Crorepati promos insult Subhash Chandra Bose, says PIL
‘Popular’ television show Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 (KBC) may have run into troubled waters. A public interest litigation (PIL), likely to be heard by a division bench of the Bombay high court next week, alleges that its promotional clips are disrespectful of a freedom slogan coined by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
The PIL filed by Andheri resident Mukkesh Sharma states that in the promos aired on television to promote KBC-4, Bose’s slogan,
‘Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe azaadi doonga (You give me blood, I will give you freedom)’, has been ridiculed. In order to escalate the television ratings of the game show, now in its fourth season, its producer, Sony Entertainment Television, has “advertently and purportedly” insulted the freedom slogan, the PIL states.
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who hosts the show, is also a respondent in the PIL. Sharma has contended that he is an actor admired by millions of Indians. The PIL says that Bachchan may have surely read the script before shooting for the promo and the petitioner “is shocked and surprised why such a legendary artiste did not abort himself from playing his act in the alleged promo”.
The promo depicts six different scenes. In one, a teacher asks students in a classroom, “Who had said, ‘Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe azaadi doonga’?”The students start laughing when one of them tells the teacher, “You said it just now.”
In another scene, a boy kills a mosquito and says, “You drink my blood, I will give you freedom.” In the end, a candidate sitting on the hot-seat to answer a question is asked the same question.
When he is unable to answer, Bachchan says in Hindi, “I have been saying from the beginning that no question is small.”
This, the PIL says, shows that Indians are ignorant of a freedom struggle slogan and of Bose’s contribution. Slogans coined by national heroes should be given the same respect as the national anthem of the country, Sharma says. He is also surprised how the central board of film certification did not object to the promo.
The PIL has urged the court to restrain the producers from airing this promo and to take necessary penal action against its producers and broadcasters.