Abhijeet Bhattacharya – one of the judges of Zee Tv’s Reality Show Ek Se Badhkar Ek refused to judge a contestant Mussarat Abbas just because he is from Pakistan. Due to this he was fired from the show… but now he will continue to judge
Abhijeet Bhattacharya, the judge of Zee’s Ek Se Badhkar Ek took a stand that he will not judge Mussarat Abbas contestant of ‘Sa re ga ma pa challenge 2007’ just because he is from Pakistan. After Mussarat entered the show in wild card entry Abhijeet went to the extend of leaving the show. Alka Yagnik was contacted to join the show as a judge. Abhijeet asked Zee TV to throw him(Mussarat) out of the show if they wanted him in the show. Zee TV could not take such injustice and did not think twice before showing him the door out of the show due to his behavior and fired him. They contacted Alka Yagnik to judge the show who agreed to do so. Later Abhijeet said he will continue to judge the show, and this is the latest news!! According to our reports Abhijeet was shown the exit door from the show or in other words he was fired but Abhijeet denies that and says who are they to fire me. Later Abhijeet was heard shouting “THE SHOW MUST GO ON”.
Mussarat Abbas (in pictures below)….
Initially Abhijeet showed his displeasure to Zee Tv over the entry of Mussarat. But no one paid heeds to his demand. Later during the shooting of the episode Abhijeet refused to give marks to Mussarat and asked his co-judge Ahmed to mark him for the rest of the show. In front of everyone and camera he said whenever Mussarat will sing he will not mark him as he does for other contestants. Before this also he had once asked Aneek Dhar not to sing blockbuster song “Pehli Nazzar” from Race on this show because it is sung by Pakistani singer Atif Aslam. This is simply ridiculous. This is atleast not expected from someone like him. For your information let me say Atif Aslam is such a famous and talented singer that Indian Music Directors went to Pakistan to record his songs when Atif did not get his VISA. This is the first time in the history of Indian Television a judge wants to leave a show because of a contestant.
Atif Aslam(in picture below)..
According to the format of the show a jodi comprises of one singer and one dancer and after the performance they are supposed to choose any one judge whose marks will be counted. Generally the singers choose Abhijeetda and the dancers choose Ahmedbhai. But Abhijeetda simply refused marking Mussarat. His dancing partner Sanober Kabir voiced her opinion and said she will also not receive any mark from Abhijeet ever in the show.
Before this he had once asked Aneek Dhar not to sing the song blockbuster song “Pehli Nazzar” from Race because it is sung by Pakistani singer Atif Aslam. This is simply ridiculous. This is atleast not expected from someone like him. This is the first time in the history of Indian Television a judge wants to leave a show because of a contestant. Only fault of Mussarat was that he is from Pakistan.
Amidst all the buzz making rounds that the singer has been replaced by Alka Yagnik as judge in Ek Se Badhkar Ek, Abhijeet confirms to us, “Yes, I will be continuing as judge in the show. After all, it is my baby; Ahmed and I have taken extra care that the show is clean devoid of vulgarity. So as a judge, I will move on”. When asked whether this means he will now judge Mussarat, he says “I had a talk with the channel authorities and we have come to a mutual decision. As Abhijeet the person, I stand by the ideologies I have even today. But the judge in me will rate Mussarat and the show will go on!!”.
Tarun Mehra, Business Head, Zee TV further confirms this and says, “Yes, we have amicably sorted things out. Abhijeet will be continuing”. When put the same question whether he will now judge Mussarat, Tarun Mehra comes up with a quick reply, “He has to judge him!! as a judge he needs to keep the show’s format in mind!!”.
“Now its time to ask our Sibasish Tinsel Town readers what they think of this policy of Abhijeet. Is it justified??? What do you think, let the world know. Is he doing duty of a true Indian?? This is an important issue and your opinion also matters. Please send us your views and let the world know what you think.”