Netflix – the popular OTT platform is under controversy once again, and for the same old reason of streaming anti-Hindu content. A Suitable Boy – a web series directed by Mira Nair is based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Vikram Seth. The novel is about a love story between a Hindu girl and Muslim boy, but Mira Nair, a habitual offender, chose to depict a kissing scene between the couples in the background of temple.
This isn’t the first time that Nair has got her wrapped up in such a controversy. She has spewed venom against Hinduism and the Modi government many times previously. Moreover, she also emerged out and asked for the release of Umar Khalid, who was found to be involved in the Delhi riots during anti-CAA protests.
#BoycottNetflix is thus, trending on Twitter once again because the OTT platform chose to broadcast an anti-Hindu content once again like it always does. BJP leader Gaurav Goel has already asked for an FIR to be filed against the platform under section 295A of IPC.
“If any OTT platform is deliberately 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,” 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.
— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) November 22, 2020
Actor Rahul Mahajan also expressed displeasure over the scene in which Mira Nair depicted a Muslim boy kissing a Hindu girl in the background of a temple. “A Muslim man kissing a Hindu woman during the Ram Aarti was ‘creative freedom’. But when a Hindu man and Muslim women would kiss in a mosque during Azaan, this creative freedom would go missing,” he tweeted.
मुस्लिम लड़के द्वारा हिंदू लड़की के साथ मंदिर प्रांगण में श्रीराम की आरती के दौरान ‘किसिंग सीन’ – इसे कहते हैं ‘क्रीएटिव फ़्रीडम’
हाँ पर अगर कोई निर्माता हिंदू लड़के और मुस्लिम लड़की का मस्जिद में अजान के वक्त ‘किसिंग सीन’ शूट कर दे तो यह ‘क्रीएटिव फ़्रीडम’ छुट्टी पर चली जाएगी। https://t.co/WpD0QKfzhH
— Rahul Pramod Mahajan (@TheRahulMahajan) November 21, 2020
Many other Twitter users too showed their anger and registered their protest over the scene which hurts the Hindu sentiments by tweeting out:
Netflix again glorifies Love Jihad in the latest webseries
— Kamlendra Singh Jhala (@ksjhala_udaipur) November 22, 2020
— सुमित राठी 🇮🇳 #CBIForPalghar (@imsumitrathi) November 22, 2020
Netflix has been indulging in anti-Hindu propaganda for a long time. Series such as Leila depicts a dystopian Hindu oppressive state, which portrays that in the name of religion, the individuals aren’t given their basic rights. However, such an oppressive Hindu state is a piece of fiction at best, unrelated to the current scenario and unlikely to happen in the near future.
Moreover, the second season of ‘Sacred Games’ shows Hinduphobia and Indophobia of another level altogether. Here, a Sanatani teacher is not only venomous but is also ready to blow up an entire city in order to achieve his goals.
In this series, almost every Hindu character is shown as wicked, uncouth, and barbaric, while Muslim characters, especially Inspector Majid Shahid being the sole exception] have been shown as innocent, resolute, not hesitating to sacrifice themselves if need be.
Another popular series named Ghoul which was yet again co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Vikas Bahl founded Phantom Films too had a clear cut anti-national and anti-Hindu narrative which ran throughout the length of the series.
The viewers are now becoming more informed and vocal against the leftist propaganda in the movies, and what is being witnessed is a surge of nationalists objecting to the false portrayal of Hinduism and against those who link Hinduism to intolerance. India, being a secular country does not show any religion in a bad light and certain pieces of cinematic art like the movies and TV series on Netflix.
Netflix has been a major success story of the last decade. It was basically a replication of the sharing economy like Uber where the company uses the resources of other people/companies to make money. The only thing that is required to start such companies is strong technological support.
However, it seems that the good days of Netflix are over. The mass media companies whose content Netflix used to make money themselves are stepping into the streaming business. And given the highly concentrated character (top six companies own more than 90 per cent of mass media) of American media, if few largest companies pull out their content, such streaming businesses will surely collapse.