Dancer-anchor Raghav Juyal has been accused of racism on the dancing reality show 'Dance Deewane 3' airing on Colors TV. The young artiste hosts the show whereas popular choreographers Remo D'Souza, Tushar Kalia, Dharmesh Yelande and Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit sit on the judges' panel.
In a clip that has gone crazy viral on social media, Raghav is seen speaking in 'gibberish Chinese' while introducing Gunjan Sinha, a young contestant hailing from Assam.
He later goes on to say that while no one can understand the girl's Chinese, they can understand her dance.
In the clip, even the judges seem to be laughing as he introduces little Gunjan in 'gibberish Chinese' and not a single one of them expresses displeasure or protests over it. Netizens blasted the anchor and the judges of the show for mocking a girl from Assam as "Chinese".
"Momo", "chowmein" in a hideous accent while talking about #NorthEastIndia is supposed to be funny for @TheRaghav_Juyal, and judges like @MadhuriDixit, @remodsouza look on. On @ColorsTV that recently had a show on how a Sikkimese girl faces racism in Mumbai. Disgraceful," tweeted renowned filmmaker and critic Utpal Borpujari.
Another user wrote, "It's 2021, but the #racist Indians still practicing "Chinese" "momo" "ching chong" #racism as a comic element on their national television with their #bollywood celebs applauding it. The racist host @TheRaghav_Juyal introducing Gunjan Sinha from Assam in a show on @ColorsTV."
After facing massive online outrage, Raghav took to his Instagram to clarify the 'misunderstanding' after being accused of racism on the dancing reality show.
The 30-year-old artiste said the young contestant has claimed that she can "talk in Chinese" when asked about her hobbies and interests. He added that Gunjan would talk in 'gibberish Chinese' and it soon became an "inside joke" over the course of the reality show.
The artiste claimed that this was the very reason for introducing the contestant "in her own way" in the show. "I am extremely sorry if you are hurt by my introduction," the dancer-anchor said.
He also urged the audience to watch the full episode before judging him over the viral clip. Raghav further shared that he has family and friends across the Northeast.