Kaun Banega Crorepati 13 contestant Desh Bandhu Panday found himself in the puddle of a legal hassle recently. The railway official had applied for leave so that he could fulfill his dream of meeting Amitabh Bachchan and participating in KBC. His desire was fulfilled and Desh Bandhu even won a decent amount of Rs 3,40,000 on the show.
But now, a charge sheet has been filed against him as he left for Mumbai despite the fact that his leave was not approved by his seniors. While Desh Bandhu will have to fight it out with the railway administration which is currently keeping mum on this issue, the contestant has received support from his fellow railway employees who are protesting against this charge sheet.
It is not the first time that the show had to face controversy or legal hassle. Earlier, the host Amitabh Bachchan also faced a lot of flak for a few questions that he asked the contestants on Kaun Banega Crorepati. One of the Karamveer episodes in November 2020 featured Bezwada Wilson, a social activist, and a Magsaysay award winner, and was supported by actor Anup Soni, the popular host of Crime Patrol.
During this episode, Big B asked, “On 25 December 1927, Dr. BR Ambedkar and his followers burned copies of which scripture?”
The options were Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu Puran, Manusmriti, Rigved. A section of BJP believed that this program hurt the sentiments of the Hindus which led to a BJP MLA from Maharashtra to seek action from the police. It also triggered a lot of uproar on social media with many saying that KBC is biased with a hidden agenda.
Amitabh Bachchan faced yet another controversy in November 2019 when he called the Maratha King Shivaji instead of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Immediately, #Boycott_KBC_SonyTv trended on Twitter with many users demanding an apology from the Bollywood superstar. The Piku actor apologized later on clarifying that he never intended to disrespect Shivaji Maharaj.
Even the producer and director of the show Sidharth Basu came out with an apology explaining that they never meant to disrespect the great Maratha King.