After producer Asit Kumarr Modi, actor Amit Bhatt, who plays the role of Bapu Ji aka Champak chacha on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, has issued an apology to Raj Thackeray‘s party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) over the Hindi language row.
In his letter Amit Bhatt stated that he follows the script and does what the writers want him to. He wrote in Marathi that he respects the language and is apologetic about his dialogue on the show. A picture of his meeting the MNS members along with the police has also been shared.
हिंदी मालिकेतील एका दृश्यात ‘मुंबईची भाषा हिंदी आहे’ असे अकलेचे तारे तोडण्यात आले होते. त्या आक्षेपार्ह संवादामुळे… https://t.co/v6lOcZ6hXc
— MNS Adhikrut – मनसे अधिकृत (@mnsadhikrut) 1583246400000
In a recent episode of the show, the residents of Gokuldham society end up fighting with each other as they want the ‘suvichar’ to be written on the board in their respective languages. Bapu Ji (Amit Bhatt) resolves this fight by explaining them the importance of all the languages.
Bapu Ji tells the residents how all the languages must be respected as they belong to different cultures and carry a rich history. He also mentions that Hindi is the most spoken language in Mumbai and understood by all, hence they should use it on the society’s board.
The president of MNS cinema wing Ameya Khopkar demanded an apology from the makers for the same. He complained that despite knowing that Marathi is the main language in Mumbai, the show had its own propaganda. He stated that the Maharashtrian actors on the show should be ashamed to support something like this.
— Ameya Khopkar (@MNSAmeyaKhopkar) 1583223735000
This made Asit Kumarr Modi quickly clear the air. He tweeted, “मुंबई महाराष्ट्र में है और हमारे महाराष्ट्र की राजभाषा भाषा मराठी ही है. इस में कोई डाउट नहीं है. मैं भारतीय हूँ . महाराष्ट्रियन हूँ और गुजराती भी हूँ. सारी भारतीय भाषाओं का सम्मान करता हूँ. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 जय हिन्द.”
मुंबई महाराष्ट्र में है और हमारे महाराष्ट्र की राजभाषा भाषा मराठी ही है. इस में कोई डाउट नहीं है. मैं भारतीय हूँ .… https://t.co/9P9aU3EFha
— Asit Kumarr Modi (@AsitKumarrModi) 1583231714000
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of the longest running shows of Indian Television. It completed glorious 11 years in 2019.