Hotstar takes down Koffee with Karan episode featuring Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul
Hardik and Rahul have been in hot waters since the episode was aired on Hotstar.
Updated - Jan 11, 2019 12:20 pm
With pressure piling on Indian cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for their controversial remarks on Karan Johar’s show Koffee with Karan, online streaming platform Hotstar has taken the episode off the air. Both the players especially Pandya is facing a heavy backlash from all around for their brash and derogatory comment on the show.
Hardik in particular has been slammed as misogynistic and sexist based on what he said. The allrounder’s decision to brag about his lavish lifestyle has landed him in hot waters as he ended up making startling and disturbing revelations. From revealing about he boldly told his parents when he lost his virginity to telling them that he dated each girl in a party, Pandya caught the attention with his comments for reasons least expected from a cricketer.
Not surprisingly, he has drawn a lot of flak from all corners. Earlier this week, he issued an apology to bring the matter under control. The Baroda all-rounder said that he got carried away with the nature of the show before asking for an apology. But it has not brought any relief to him. And with the episode making waves in the country for not the best of reasons, Hotstar decided to take it down. Clicking on the episode will now lead to a ‘404 – page not found’ page now.
CoA and Virat Kohli respond:
CoA chief Vinod Rai, meanwhile, had made it clear that the officials are in no mood to ignore the matter. Rai said that both the players are now in danger of getting bans for their remarks on the show.
“I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead,” Rai said.
On the other hand, skipper Kohli called the comments inappropriate and made it clear that the remarks do not reflect the team.
“We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated,” Kohli said ahead of the first ODI against Australia. “I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don’t align with those views and those are purely individual views.
Both the players, meanwhile, are likely to miss the series-opener and could miss the remainder of the series too if the BCCI decides to ban them.