Recently, Aditya Narayan, who hosts the 12th season of Indian Idol apologised as he was accused of remarking about Maharashtian’s Alibaug area on the show by Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The chief Ameya Khopkar accused the makers of showcasing Alibaug in a poor light. He also demanded an apology.
During a Facebook session, Khopker said in Marathi, “A Hindi channel has a singing reality show, I am not going to name it, but Aditya Narayan hosts the show, where he has made a derogatory comment about our Maharashtra’s Alibaug. I have not seen the show, but I got complaints from many people from Maharashtra. People on these Hindi channels so easily say, ‘Hum Kya Alibaug se aaye hai kya?’, and I think they are not aware of the rich cultural heritage that comes from Alibaug. If we, people of Alibaug, get upset, they don’t know what we can do, we won’t let the show take place. With this comment they have insulted us.”
Khopkar further added, “I have informed Sony channel, the makers of the show, and Aditya’s father, legendary singer Udit Narayan about this matter and have demanded an apology on behalf of the people of Alibaug.”
Aditya Narayan today took to his Facebook to apologise as a response to Khopkar’s accusations. He wrote, “With a humble heart and folded hands ?? I want to apologise to the people of Alibaug and everyone who has been hurt by my sentence on a recent episode of Indian Idol that I’m currently hosting. The intention was never to hurt anyone. I have immense love and respect for Alibaug. My own sentiments are connected with the place, it’s people and this soil.”