On Sunday, 22nd November 2020, an Indian state asked police to investigate after a member of India’s ruling party objected to scenes in the Netflix series ‘A Suitable Boy’.
The web-series is based on an English novel written by Vikram Seth who is one of the well-known writers of India. A series is about a young girl who is in the quest for a husband. It is directed by most celebrated director Mira Nair.
However, the web-series contains odd kissing scenes which were pictured in temples. Narottam Mishra, who is the interior minister of the central state of Madhya Pradesh, took to Twitter, and wrote, “It has extremely objectionable scenes that have hurt the feelings of a particular religion.”
“I’ve directed police officers to get this controversial content tested” to determine “what legal action can be taken against the producer-director of the film for hurting religious sentiments”, he added.
Gaurav Tiwari (a leader of the youth wing of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has filed a complaint against Netflix and warned the masses for street protests if the series is not deleted from the platform.
This has sparked a controversy on which social media users say the scope of creative freedom is narrowing in India, especially when it comes to any depiction of Hindu-Muslim relations. While many Indians took the support of micro-blogging site Twitter where they demand a boycott of Netflix.