Asit Kumarr says sorry after MNS threat for saying Hindi is language of Mumbai

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah creator Asit Kumarr Modi issued a statement on Twitter after the show ran into controversy over a statement in one of the episodes, that Hindi was the common language of Mumbai.

Amit Bhatt, who plays Champaklal in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, issued an apology to the MNS for his controversial dialogue.
Amit Bhatt, who plays Champaklal in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, issued an apology to the MNS for his controversial dialogue.

Popular comedy show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah was at the centre of a controversy after one of its characters Champaklal said in an episode that Hindi was the language of Mumbai. This statement angered the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and they issued threats to the makers.

Last week, in an episode of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Champaklal aka Bapuji resolved an argument between the residents of Gokuldham, who wanted to write the ‘thought for the day’ on the society’s notice board in their respective native languages. He told the warring residents, “Dekho, humara Gokuldham Mumbai mein hai. Aur Mumbai ki aam bhasha kya hai? Hindi! Isliye hum suvichar Hindi mein likhte hai. Agar humara Gokuldham Chennai mein hota, toh hum suvichar Tamil mein likhte.

This statement did not go down too well with Ameya Khopkar, president of the cinema wing of MNS, who threatened the makers in a scathing tweet. He wrote that despite knowing that Marathi is the language of Mumbai, people deliberately spread misinformation. He added that these “Gujarati insects” must be taught a lesson.

Khopkar also hit out at the Maharashtrian actors who were a part of the show and did not find anything wrong with the statement, and said that they should be ashamed of themselves.

MNS general secretary Shalini Thackeray also slammed the show and said that if the channel, SAB TV, did not understand that the common language of Mumbai is Marathi and not Hindi, then Maharashtrian soldiers will have to write the ‘thought for the day’ under their ears and that too in Marathi.

After the furore, actor Amit Bhatt, who recited the controversial dialogue in the show, apologised to the party and said that he was merely following the script. He added that they will ensure that such a gaffe does not happen again.

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