Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday said the casual off-the-cuff remarks about speaking in Hindi by his wife Jaya had hurt many people's sentiments and was glad that she has apologised for it.
"My first reaction in this matter is that the sentiments have been hurt, I'm not going into what has been said under what circumstances. Even if one person is disturbed, That disturbance be addressed. All else can come later," Big B said.
However, he made it clear in a text message to Jaya that the remarks made at a music launch function were without malice or deliberate intent.
But, if it has caused hurt to the sentiments of Maharashtra, Maharashtrians and indeed the city and citizens of Mumbai, then she must seek regret and offer apology.
Bachchan wrote in his blog that Jaya's remarks did not in any manner sound "anti-Marathi" and that there is no denigration, but words have a funny way of being mutilated to suit a particular copy or expression in its interpretation."
The actress-MP, who had attended a function on Saturday to promote her film 'Drona' had said, "Hum UP ke log hai, hume Hindi mein baat karni chahiye" (we are from Uttar Pradesh and should speak in Hindi).
"Everything that we possess today is what came to us from this great state and city. We never have and never can look at Maharashtra with disrespect. If inadvertently this is what has been construed, then we apologise and are sorry and seek forgiveness for any sentiments that have been hurt," he said.