Dance Deewane 3 host Raghav Juyal is facing backlash on social media after a short clip from the show went viral. The clip showcases Raghav introducing Assamese contestant Gunjan Sinha while speaking gibberish, seemingly to make a mockery of Mandarin spoken by the Chinese people.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma called him out as he tweeted, “It has come to my notice that a popular reality show host has used racist rhetoric against a young participant from Guwahati…Racism has no place in our country and we should all condemn it unequivocally.”
Raghav has now taken to his social media to explain the backstory and asked everyone to not judge him on the basis of just one small clip. He said, “I would like you to watch the entire show and then judge the clip. It is not right to judge me on the basis of just one small video, for the sake of my mental health and the people who know me.”
He told that the contestants are often asked about their hobbies apart from acting and Gunjan Sinha told that she can speak ‘Chinese’.
Raghav said, “We all laughed because kids can say anything, ‘I can fly’, ‘I can go under the sea’… She said, ‘My talent is that I can speak in Chinese.’ Everyone clapped and asked her to do it. She spoke in Chinese), gibberish Chinese, obviously.”
Dancer and host Raghav added that he introduced Gunjan ‘in her style’ in one episode because of the long-running gag. He said that he is very connected to the North East and has family living in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, while his close friends live in Nagaland. He also said that he not only tries to be politically correct but also takes a stand against social injustices and racism.
In conclusion, he apologized for hurting sentiments and said that it was not his or Colors’ intention to do so. He also urged everyone to look at the whole picture instead of just a small viral clip.