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FIRs against actor Sidharth Malhotra? Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari hints so

Actor Sidharth Malhotra’s comment on Bhojpuri language has infuriated the Bhojpuri-speaking community. Delhi BJP Chief and Bhojpuri actor-singer Manoj Tiwari says some people in the states where the language is spoken, are contemplating filing FIRs.

bollywood Updated: Jan 25, 2018 14:00 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
Manoj Tiwari,Neetu Chandra,Siddharth Malhotra
Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari has condemned Siddharth Malhotra’s comments on Bhojpuri language.

When actor Sidharth Malhotra visited the recently-concluded Bigg Boss 11 to promote his film Aiyaary, little did he know that he would be at the receiving end of a backlash from his own film fraternity. When Aiyaary team visited Bigg Boss, Manoj Bajpayee asked Sidharth to deliver a dialogue in Bhojpuri: “Shikar to sab kehu karela, lekin baagh jaisan sikar kehu na kare.” He repeated the lines after Manoj and said, “Aisa lag raha ki neeche baitha hua hai, latrine me. Bathroom me kar rahe hain ki kaha hain?”

The comment infuriated the Bhojpuri-speaking community, and were slammed by actor Neetu Chandra , who wrote on Twitter, on Monday: “So disappointed @S1dharthM some1 who is so fortunate 2 work wd d best. Who despite being an outsider has made a name 4 himself,4 U 2 use ur words so loosely.2 disrespect #Bhojpuri on national TV. SHOCKED! How on earth does speaking in #Bhojpuri gives u a latrine feeling.Shame on U (sic).”

Now, Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari, who is a Bhojpuri actor and singer, has expressed displeasure over Malhotra’s comments. He told us, “Main shock hua sun ke. Aur yeh bahut hi apattijanak hain aap kisi 22 crore logon ki laguage ko aap is prakar se bolo. It’s a big insult for 22 crore people. This is very bad. Main isko condemn karta hoon. We should respect every language of my country.Main sochta tha actor hai, kuch acha karega lekin isne toh bahut hi hurt kar diya . Hume nahi lagta log unko maaf karenge.Unko maafi maangni chahiye apne vyavahar ke liye (I was shocked to hear about it. I thought being an actor, he would do good, but he has hurt me immensely. I don’t think people will forgive him. He should apologise for his actions).

Meanwhile, actor Sidharth has already apologised for his actions on Twitter, “I recently tried speaking a new language while I was on a TV show. In the process if I inadvertently hurt anyone’s feelings or sentiments, I apologise and assure you that no disrespect was meant in any way (sic),” he tweeted on Jan 22.

Manoj shares that there are FIR’s being filed for his comments by some people. “Kuch FIR bhi ho jaayenge unke par kal tak, teen chaar jagon se — Patna, Benaras, Kolkata, Mumbai mein bhi ho raha hai (There are FIR’s being filed against in him in cities such as Patna, Benaras, Mumbai and Kolkata).”

However, Sidharth’s co-star Manoj Bajpayee stood by him saying that it was all done in good spirit. “It was all fun and there was no intention of making a mockery.i vouch for it as I was there and I understand and speak the language as good as or better than many. Bhujail neek rahi, Khus rahi(sic),” he wrote on Twitter. Sidharth was unavailable for further comments.

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First Published: Jan 25, 2018 14:00 IST