There has been a huge uproar over a kissing scene in the Netflix series A Suitable Boy. Some BJP leaders have alleged that the show is "hurting religious sentiments". On Sunday, 22 November, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra took to Twitter to direct police officials to examine the content of Mira Nair's web series.
Mishra took to Twitter to write, "A film titled ‘A Suitable Boy’ has been released on an OTT platform. It depicts extremely objectionable scenes that hurt the feelings of a particular religion. I have directed police officials to look into it.”
एक #ओटीटी_मीडिया_प्लेटफॉर्म पर "A Suitable Boy" नामक फ़िल्म जारी की गई है। इसमें बेहद आपत्तिजनक दृश्य दिखाए गए हैं जो एक धर्म विशेष की भावनाओं को आहत करते हैं। मैंने पुलिस अधिकारियों को इस विवादास्पद कंटेंट का परीक्षण कराने को निर्देशित किया है। pic.twitter.com/oYSiizJxCQ
— Dr Narottam Mishra (@drnarottammisra) November 22, 2020
The Home Minister's announcement comes a day after a BJP youth leader Gourav Tiwari submitted a written complaint to Rewa SP Rakesh Kumar Singh, demanding that an FIR be registered against the show. Tiwari objected to a scene that shows two characters (played by Tanya Maniktala and Kabir Durrani ), one Hindu and Muslim, kissing in a temple. Tiwari also asked people to uninstall Netflix, following which #BoycottNetflix began to trend on Twitter.
अपने ‘A Suitable Boy’ कार्यक्रम में @NetflixIndia ने एक ही एपिसोड में तीन बार मंदिर प्रांगण में चुंबन दृश्य फ़िल्माए। पटकथा के अनुसार मुस्लिम युवक को हिंदू महिला प्रेम करती है, पर सभी किसिंग सीन मंदिर प्रांगण में क्यूँ शूट किए गए?
मैने रीवा में इस मामले पर FIR दर्ज करा दी है। pic.twitter.com/RcwuPDDME2
— Gaurav Tiwari (@adolitics) November 21, 2020
"Netflix is promoting love jihad", Tiwari said in a tweet.
BJP spokesperson Gaurav Goel, without naming A Suitable Boy, said if any OTT platform was “deliberately insulting” Hindu Gods and Goddess, one should file a complaint with the police or local court under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code. “The law will take care of such offenders,” he tweeted.
If any OTT platform is delibrately insulting the Hindu Gods & Goddess, pls file the complaint with the police or local court under Section 295A of IPC. The law will take care of such offenders.
In case of any assistance you can contact me or @chakusameer#BoycottNetflix
— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) November 22, 2020
Supporting Netflix, some people on Twitter called these statements 'regressive'.
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