Temple Kiss scenes stir trouble for Netflix India | The Express Tribune

new Delhi:

On Sunday, a member of the ruling party of an Indian state country asked police for investigation after objecting to the scenes in a Netflix series A Suitable Boy, in which a Hindu woman kisses a Muslim boy in the backdrop of a Hindu temple.

The series is based on an English novel by Vikram Seth, one of India’s leading writers and follows a young girl’s search for a husband. It is directed by Indian filmmaker Meera Nair.

Madhya Pradesh’s Minister of State for Interior Narottam Mishra said on Twitter, “It has extremely objectionable scenes, hurting the sentiments of a particular religion.”

I have directed police officers to test this controversial material to determine what legal action can be taken against the film’s producer-director for hurting religious disputes.

Gaurav Tiwari, a leader of the youth wing of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which also rules in Madhya Pradesh, has filed a separate complaint against Netflix and Hindus if the series is not called off. The street protests have been warned by. .

A spokesperson for Netflix India declined to comment on the police complaint. Reuters could not contact Nair.

Social media commentators say that the scope for creative freedom is diminishing in India, especially when it includes depictions of Hindu-Muslim relations.

Many Indians stepped on Twitter, demanding a boycott of Netflix, which sees India as one of its most promising growth markets, but where its show has faced legal challenges.

Last month, a unit of the Tata group in India withdrew a jewelery advertisement for a Hindu-Muslim family celebrating a baby shower, threatening widespread criticism at one of its stores and social media.

Earlier this month, the Indian government announced regulations to regulate content on video streaming platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Walt Disney’s Hotstar.

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