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Kaun Banega Crorepati: Times when Amitabh Bachchan’s show landed in controversies

Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 14 will soon air on Sony TV. But there have been times when Amitabh Bachchan’s show landed in controversies.

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Kaun Banega Crorepati: Times when Amitabh Bachchan's show landed in controversies
Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is all set for the new season.

Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is all set for the new season. Season 14 of the quiz reality show will soon air on Sony TV. This year, the theme of KBC will revolve around fake news: do not believe any news or information before verifying it, says the new promo of the show.

Amitabh Bachchan’s show has successfully completed its 13 seasons, but there have been times when the quiz show has landed itself in controversies. From an FIR being lodged against the host Amitabh Bachchan to boycott Kaun Banega Crorepati trending on social media, here are the top controversies that the show has faced in over a decade.

Legal trouble for allegedly hurting religious sentiments

Season 12 featured a question on Manusmriti, a religious Hindu text, but the show received backlash because it hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus.

The question read: “On December 25, 1927, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and his followers burned copies of which scripture?” The question was worth Rs 6.40 lakhs and came with options: Vishnu Purana, Bhagavad Gita, Rigveda, and Manusmriti.

Vivek Agnihotri, among others, criticized the question, and a complaint was lodged against Amitabh Bachchan. There are allegations that the show deceives “innocent” minds by subjecting them to Hindutva propaganda.

Received backlash for insulting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

“Which of these rulers was the contemporary of the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb.” Amitabh Bachchan questioned contestant Shaheha Chandran during KBC 11. Maharana Pratap, Rana Sanga, Maharaj Ranjit Singh, and Shivaji were the choices for this Rs. 80,000 question.

Many felt that Big B insulted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by not adding a prefix to his name because of the way the options were read out. Following a rise in calls to ban the show, the channel was forced to issue a formal apology. Even Bachchan tweeted an apology.

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FIR lodged against Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid who called The Kashmir Files vulgar and propaganda driven

Advocate Vineet Jindal has filed a complaint against Lapid for allegedly abusing Hindus and the community’s sacrifices in Kashmir. Jindal has lodged a complaint with the DGP and Goa Police.

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FIR lodged against Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid who called The Kashmir Files vulgar and propaganda driven

Israeli screenwriter and film director Nadav Lapid has landed himself in the legal soup for labelling the film The Kashmir Files as propaganda-driven and vulgar. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI)’s jury head Lapid slammed The Kashmir Files at the 53rd IFFI in Goa on Monday.

Advocate Vineet Jindal has filed a complaint against Lapid for allegedly abusing Hindus and the community’s sacrifices in Kashmir. Jindal has filed a complaint with the DGP and Goa Police under Indian Penal Code sections 121, 153, 153A and B, 295, 298, and 505 for his alleged comment on the film The Kashmir Files, which is based on the true story of Hindu genocide in Kashmir.

Lapid’s statement on The Kashmir Files

Filmmaker Lapid, known for his works Policeman (2011), The Kindergarten Teacher (2014), and Synonymes (2019), stated in his speech that all of us were disturbed and shocked by the 15th film because The Kashmir Files felt like propaganda, a vulgar film, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival.

Consulate General of Israel criticizes Lapid

The Consulate General of Israel, Kobbi Shoshani, also lashed out at Nadav Lapid’s remarks on The Kashmir Files. He said that he cried upon watching the film. Jews too have suffered horrible things, and he thought it was not an easy film to watch. He added that Nadav’s speech was unacceptable and that it was his personal opinion and had nothing to do with Israel.

The Kashmir Files cast on Lapid’s statement

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher also reacted to Lapid’s statement. He said if the holocaust is right, the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits is right too. Seems pre-planned as immediately after that the toolkit gang became active. May God give him wisdom.

The Kashmir Files producer Abhishek Agarwal also criticized Lapid and said we do not need your validation Nadav Lapid. He said we have thousands of people who have gone through this holocaust and he has met many personally and seen their pain and suffering.

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Who is Nadav Lapid, the Israeli filmmaker who made comments on Kashmir Files?

The Israeli filmmaker’s 47-year-old love-hate connection with his own country was on display in Ahed’s Knee, which he submitted for competition at the Cannes Film Festival the previous year.

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Who is Nadav Lapid, the Israeli filmmaker who made comments on Kashmir Files?

Nadav Lapid, an Israeli screenwriter and director, reopened the discussion on Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files on Monday by labelling it vulgar and propaganda. The jury was disturbed and shocked by the movie, according to Lapid, who spoke at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) closing ceremony, and they found it unacceptable for an artistic competitive part of such a prominent film festival.

We were all surprised and horrified by the fifteenth movie, The Kashmir Files. That seemed like a crass, propagandist film that had no place in the artistic competition of such a prominent film festival.

The National Film Development Corporation of India, which is part of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and the Goa government jointly organised the Indian Panorama Section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which included a screening of The Kashmir Files on November 22. Many took Lapid’s remark as an embarrassment for the government because The Kashmir Files had received a roaring endorsement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March of this year, as the speech’s video clip instantly went viral on social media.

On social media, Lapid’s speech garnered both scathing criticism and applause.

Who is Nadav Lapid?

Nadav Lapid, an Israeli screenwriter born in Tel Aviv, is best known for his work in Synonymes (2019), The Kindergarten Teacher (2014), and Policeman (2011). The director has served as a jury member for the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015, the International Critics’ Week jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and the jury for the Official Competition at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in 2021.

The Israeli filmmaker’s 47-year-old love-hate connection with his own country was on display in Ahed’s Knee, which he submitted for competition at the Cannes Film Festival the previous year.

Lapid also signed an open letter against the establishment of the Shomron (Samaria/West Bank) Film Fund together with 250 other Israeli filmmakers. According to the filmmakers, the Fund’s sole objective was to get Israeli filmmakers to actively assist in whitewashing the Occupation in exchange for financial support and rewards.

The official mission of the Shomron Film Fund is to distribute funds to Israeli citizens who produce films in the West Bank and to Jewish settlers who live in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).

In one of his interviews, Lapid had remarked that the Israeli collective spirit is a sick soul when discussing his movie Synonymes.

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Kashmir Files controversy: Consul Gen of Israel, Israeli envoy, criticise IFFI jury head’s remarks on film

Israel’s ambassador to India, Naor Gilon took to twitter and wrote an open letter addressing Nadav Lapid for criticising him Kashmir Files.

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FIR lodged against Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid who called The Kashmir Files vulgar and propaganda driven

Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, who criticised The Kashmir Files as propaganda and vulgar film at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa received harsh criticism from Israel’s top authorities.

The IFFI juror board has also disavowed his comments, referring to them as his personal opinion.

In a open letter uploaded on Twitter the day after jury head Nadav Lapid criticised the movie at the festival’s closing ceremony, envoy Naor Gilon also expressed his regret to India.

Israel’s ambassador to India, Naor Gilon took to twitter and wrote an open letter addressing Nadav Lapid for criticising him Kashmir Files.

He wrote a seven-point letter on why Lapid should be ashamed for his remarks. A guest is like a God in Indian culture and Nadav Lapid has abused this sentiment in the worst way, he wrote in the ltter adding that Israel has to maintain its composure when India, a country with such a rich film culture, watches Israeli productions. He also wrote that the relationship India and Israel is very strong, and it will endure the harm you have caused.

Gilon said that he understood Lapiud’s need in retrospect to justify his behaviour but he failed to understand his statement to a media establishment afterwards.

Lapid’s speech was a big mistake: Consulate General of Israel

Consulate General of Israel, Kobbi Shoshani also bashed out at Nadav Lapid’s remarks on The Kashmir Files.

He said that he cried upon watching the film. Jews too have suffered from horrible things and he thought it was not easy film to watch. He added that Nadav’s speech was unacceptable and that it was his personal opinion and had nothing to do with Israel.

His speech was a big mistake and that it was inappropriate. He is not representing the State of Israel, Shoshani added.

He must apologise because he entered a political dispute in India and it was something he must not have done,  the Consulate General of Israel concluded.

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