The ‘Bigg Boss’ reality show on the Colors channel is in trouble with the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for including Pakistani artistes in its fourth season that kicked off on Sunday.
Both the Sena and MNS, on Monday, protested against the inclusion in the Bigg Boss house of Veena Malik, a Pakistani model and ex-girlfriend of cricketer Mohammed Asif, and Begum Nawazish Ali, a cross-dresser and host of a popular chat show in Pakistan.
Sena spokesperson, Sanjay Raut, said the party condemned the show and would not allow it to be aired if it continued to have Pakistani participants.
“Indian artistes are not given any importance in Pakistan, and Indian channels are also banned there. Why then do we want to include their artistes on our Indian channels and give them so much importance?” Raut said.
Raut added that if the channel was so insistent on Pakistani participants, why leave terrorists like Ajmal Kasab. “We will not allow the show to be aired,” Raut said.
An equally vociferous MNS chief Raj Thackeray echoed similar sentiments and criticised the channel for running behind TRPs.
“They did not allow Indian singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle to perform in Pakistan. Why do we need Pakistanis on our television shows? Also, their participants have no standing otherwise. Why does the channel need to give them undue importance?” Thackeray said.
MNS spokesperson, Shirish Parker, said he hoped the channel would take corrective action. However, he declined to comment on the party’s further course of action.
A spokesperson from Colors channel said they had not received any protest in writing and could not comment on their next move till such time.