American sitcom The Big Bang Theory has been hit with a legal notice over an episode making derogatory comments about Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit. According to the news source, Netflix has been served with a legal notice by political analyst Mithun Vijay Kumar.
In the first episode of season two, Kunal Nayyar?s character Raj Koothrapalli compared Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Madhuri Dixit. He called her a ‘leprous prostitute’.
Kunal Nayyars comment on Madhuri Dixit
Kunal Nayyar has come under fire from veteran actress Jaya Bachchan for his derogatory comment on Madhuri Dixit in The Big Bang Theory. The scene is from the show’s first episode – “The Bad Fish Paradigm”, which debuted in 2008.
When Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) compares Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Madhuri Dixit, Kunal Nayyar’s character Raj Koothrapalli responds: “Aishwarya Rai is a goddess, by comparison, Madhuri Dixit is a leprous prostitute”. This comment cited as “derogatory and offensive” by Indian social activist and political analyst Mithun Vijay Kumar.
The author-political activist sent a legal notice to Netflix asking them to remove the episode because it is “offensive and defamatory”. He added that such comments “reeked of misogyny” and perpetuated harmful stereotypes against women.
In response to the legal notice, Netflix said in a statement that it does not endorse any derogatory or offensive content and will remove any episodes that violate the company’s community guidelines.
Meanwhile, Indian politician and MP, Jaya Bachchan, has reacted to the controversy. She has called Kunal Nayyar’s comment “insane”.
The actor is in the media for making such a derogatory statement against Bollywood star, Madhuri Dixit. He has also received harsh criticism from the acclaimed actress and Member of Parliament, Jaya Bachchan.
Jaya Bachchan’s response
A popular American sitcom has recently made the news for all the wrong reasons. In one of the show’s many incarnations, its star cast, and its executive producers, came under fire. The reason was for a derogatory joke about Bollywood’s top lady of the screen Madhuri Dixit. In a statement to its fans, the streaming giant apologized for its ill-conceived and ill-timed missteps. The good news is the show’s writers have vowed to rectify the situation by releasing new episodes aplenty. Hopefully, the aforementioned hiccups will be forgotten in the sandbox and the show will get back on track with the big boy.
Kunal Nayyars comment
Known for her blunt statements and being honest with her opinions. Jaya Bachchan recently reacted to the derogatory comments made by Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory. The veteran actress and Member of Parliament gave a very harsh response to the actor?s comments about Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai in the first episode of season two.
The Big Bang Theory is an American comedy television series that ran on CBC from 2007 to 2019. In the first episode of its second season, Jim Parsons (Sheldon) and Kunal Nayyar (Rajesh) are arguing. This is over Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit.
Via a legal notice to streaming giant Netflix, political analyst Mithun Vijay Kumar claimed. He said that the characters’ comparisons between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri DIxit are “offensive and defamatory” and demanded its removal from the platform. In addition, he said that the content promoted sexism and misogyny.
Kunal Nayyar is a British-Indian actor who has been a part of a number of hit movies and TV shows. He plays his role as Rajesh Koothrappali in The Big Bang Theory. He is currently working on a new project, Three and a Half, which by Mira Nair.