In the recent episode of Indian Idol 12, host and singer Aditya Narayan asked one of the contestants, ‘hum kya Alibaug se aaye hai kya?’, and this stirred up a controversy. MNS Chitrapat Sena chief Ameya Khopkar called him out, the channel and the makers of the reality show and demanded an apology.
In a Facebook live video, Khopkar was heard saying, “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.”
Aditya took to his Facebook page and apologised with a note. 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, its people and this soil.”