Rising Star 3: Neeti Mohan, Shankar Mahadevan, Diljit Dosanjh receive backlash for their insensitive and sexist prank on the show


Singing reality show Rising Star 3 started a few weeks back and has already started courting controversy. The show that is hosted by Aditya Narayan and has Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan and Dilit Dosanjh in the judges’ seat has ruffled quite a few feathers especially women activists who are fighting for the #MeToo movement. The trio has received immense backlash on social media for coming up with a prank that belittles sexual harassment and eve teasing. It happened after two participants used words like ‘kadak’ and ‘raapchik’ to describe Neeti.

The singer was looking glamorous in a red saree and got offended by the contestant’s words. She schooled them for using such cheap language and dishonouring women. She said that they were on national television and threatened to walk out of the show. She said, “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.”

Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan and Diljit Dosanjh on Rising Star 3

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Shikhar Rastogi and Kunal Bojewar were the contestants who were complimented by Neeti for their friendship and she said that they look straight from the film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Kunal said that he doesn’t have a Sweety in his life but Shikhar’s is right here on the sets. When Neeti asked him about her he revealed that Shikhar had told him backstage that Neeti is looking ‘kadak’ and ‘raapchik’ in her red saree and he would make her his Sweety.

However, when she saw them all apologetic and scared she burst out laughing followed by Diljit and Shankar and revealed that it was a prank played by one contestant on the other. However, this did not go down well with the activists who are fighting for women’s dignity and gender equality.  Kirthi Jayakumar and Chinmayi Sripaada took the lead in condemning the prank and demeaning the #MeToo movement. Others followed suit as well.

Check out the tweets below.