Makers of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah received an open threat from Raj Thackeray‘s party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena over calling Hindi language as the most common language of Mumbai. The president of cinema wing Ameya Khopkar demanded an apology from the makers. Now, the latest on the same is that producer Asit Kumarr Modi has taken to Twitter and stated that there is no doubt that in Mumbai Marathi is the main language. He also said that he is a Maharashtrian, Gujarati and as an Indian respects all the language.
Asit wrote, “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
The makers also aired a segment in tonight’s episode (March 3) clarifying their stand and stated that the only thing they like to spread is love.
Asit Modi shared the video on his Twitter account and retweeted the message, “The only thing we believe in spreading love and happiness! We apologize if we have hurted any sentiments through our show. We believe in unity in diversity & respect for each and every religion and its mother tongue. Keep smiling & keep watching #TMKOC!.”
The only thing we believe in spreading is love and happiness! We apologize if we have hurted any sentiments through… https://t.co/mcXLzuYl1I
— TMKOC (@TMKOC_NTF) 1583246856000
For the uninitiated, in last night’s episode, Bapu Ji (Amit Bhatt) tells his son Jethalal (Dilip Joshi) and other residents of their society to use Hindi language to end a dispute over writing a Suvichar on the society board in a preferred language. He advises them that they are in Mumbai, hence they should use Hindi which can be understood by all. He shares had they been in a different city, they would have used that particular language. Bapu Ji tells them they could have resolved their problem by writing the ‘suvichar’ in different languages, and then explained its meaning at the bottom in Hindi.
Ameya Khopkar wrote a warning note for the actors and makers of TMKOC stating that despite knowing that Marathi is Mumbai’s main language they promote such propaganda. He stated that this Gujarati insects must be stopped. He further mentioned in the tweet note that the Maharashtrian actors who are part of the show should be ashamed to support such a statement.
— Ameya Khopkar (@MNSAmeyaKhopkar) 1583223735000
MNS General Secretary Shalini Thackeray also criciticised the makers and warned the makers of TMKOC of dire consequences.
मुंबईची ‘आम भाषा’ हिंदी नाही, मराठी आहे, हे ह्या सब टीव्हीवाल्यांना मान्य नसेल, तर महाराष्ट्र सैनिकांना त्यांच्या… https://t.co/EYRPMbKS4V
— Shalini Thackeray (@ThakareShalini) 1583222360000
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is one of the longest running shows of Indian Television. The show completed glorious 11 years last year.