Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra visited recently concluded Bigg Boss 11 house to promote his upcoming movie ‘Aiyaary’. But the actor didn’t know that he will be slammed for his Bhojpuri dialogue. 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 sparked the row and Bhojpuri community found it offending, his won fraternity members started lashing him 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).”
BJP Delhi cheif and Bhojpuri actor Manoj Tiwari has expressed his displeasure and commented on the issue, he said to Hindustan Times, “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).
However, Sidharth Malhotra has apologised for his comment on Twitter and wrote “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 Tiwari also shared that FIRs have been lodged against the actor 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).”
Sidharth’s co-star Manoj Bajpayee stood by his side and said that it was done in a 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.