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Colors’ hit reality show ‘Rising Star 3’ has got itself in a spot of bother over a prank by its judges Shankar Mahadevan, Diljit Dosanjh and Neeti Mohan which may have backfired.
The popular singing reality TV show is out with its latest season and on episode three, it called two contestants, a singing duo. After establishing that they make quite a Jai-Veeru kind of pair, the two went on to praise Neeti.
One of the contestants said that Neeti was looking ‘Kadak and Raapchik in a laal saree‘. The sad part comes now. Immediately Neeti ranted against their cheat language and threatened to kick them out.
The singer stated, “I am representing all the girls here and I don’t allow this. No one can talk to me, or any girl like this in this country or any country. We three judges don’t approve this, the show doesn’t approve this, the channel doesn’t approve this way of talking.”
She threatened to disqualify one of them and threatened to leave. Upon seeing Shikhar shaken to the core, Neeti began to laugh. Diljit and Shankar, too, began to laugh. Neeti revealed that they were all joking and this was a prank set up by them to scare Shikhar.
Shikhar and Kunal heaved a sigh of relief. They touched Neeti's feet as a sign of respect. Twitter user and gender equality activist, Kirthi Jayakumar, then took to the social media website to publish a thread of tweets condemning the actions of the judges.
She said that she was “absolutely appalled” at how the #MeToo movement had been thrown “under the bus”.
Absolutely appalled at how @neetimohan18, @diljitdosanjh, @Shankar_Live and the rest of the crew literally threw the #MeToo movement under the bus on @ColorsTV. Speaking up about sexual harassment is not easy, and here you're all belittling it as "mazaak".— Kirthi (@kirthijayakumar) March 23, 2019
It's like if it hasn't happened to you or someone close to you then it's all a joke to you. Glad I don't watch any of these crass Indian shows, everything they do is for trp like this incident.— Renison Pereira #TimesUpIndia (@Renison007) March 24, 2019
Agree. I was zapped at their behaviour. This his exactly how rape culture gets normalized. Shame on the channel and the judges for do this. You are part of the problem.— Amena (@Fashionopolis) March 24, 2019
Shikhar and Kunal went on to sing Tera Yaar Hoon Main and managed to impress the judges and the audience and made it to the second round, in case you wanted to know.
The Twitter thread against the so-called 'prank' is only gaining heat now. Let us see, where this outrage leads to.