Bigg Boss Tamil has managed to garner a lot of attention, both negative and positive, ever since it made its debut in June this year, on Star Vijay. The latest controversy the show has been embroiled in is a defamation suit of Rs.100 crore filed by the president and founder of Puthiya Tamizhagam Dr K Krishnaswamy, for derogatory remarks by a contestant. The legal notice has been issued against the host of the show, Kamal Haasan, CEO and managing director of Endemol Shine India Deepak Dhar and Star Vijay’s general manager Ajay Vidya Sagar.
In addition to these people, a legal notice has also been served to Bigg Boss contestant and choreographer Gayatri Raghuram, who used the term ‘Cheri’ which translates to slum, while referring to a fellow contestant’s behaviour on the show. This has apparently hurt the sentiments of those residing in slums and huts and is disrespectful in general to the population belonging to other lower and backwards castes in our society, according to the leader of Puthiya Tamizhagam, Dr K Krishnaswamy.
In this defamation notice, the party has pushed for Rs.100 crore to be paid as damages, if the host Kamal Haasan, the production house and the channel heads, do not issue an unreserved apology within 7 days of receiving the above notice. The party leaders have also criticized the tamil actor turned host and makers of the show, for invigorating communal and casteist behaviour and comments on the show, for the sake of higher TRPs. Adding that if this was not the case, the makers could have easily edited out the objectionable comments before the show was aired and they get ample time to do it. Since, this was not done, the party deemed it appropriate to take legal action against the Bigg Boss Tamil team.
The show and its share of controversies refuse to simmer down. Stay tuned for more updates on this issue.