FIR Filed against Netflix Series ‘A Suitable Boy’ for filming kissing scenes in temples | Hurting Hindu Sentiments | A Suitable Boy
Hurting Hindu Sentiments
The BBC television drama miniseries ‘A Suitable Boy’ is based on the 1993 novel by Vikram Seth of the same name. Set in the backdrop of North India in 1951, the six-part series is streaming on Netflix since its release on October 23, 2020. The web series is directed by Mira Nair . ‘A Suitable Boy’ stars Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Duggal, and Ram Kapoor in pivotal roles. The series, however, landed into controversy for allegedly hurting the hindu sentiments.
A Suitable Boy, available on Netflix, reduces Vikram Seth’s sprawling saga to a shallow family drama. It’s entertaining, but inelegant; ambitious in scope but not in ideas. Many things have changed in the seven-plus decades since India’s independence, but Indian mothers’ single-minded determination to get their daughters married apparently isn’t one of them. It’s clear from the very first scenes that A Suitable Boy is targeted towards a Western audience, as a window into an exotic culture. Most of it is in English, with bits and pieces in subtitled Hindi and Urdu.
‘A Suitable Boy’ Controversy
The controversy starts on the grounds of kissing scene between a Muslim guy and a Hindu girl inside a temple. Narottam Mishra has objected to the kissing scene depicted in the temple in the web series. Madhya Pradesh government, state home minister Narottam Mishra has directed the police to probe into the “offensive content” in the Netflix web series ‘A Suitable Boy’ directed and co-produced by Mira Nair.
In a series of tweets, the BJP leader had confirmed the development. He stated, “In the web series of ‘A Suitable Boy’, Netflix has shown three kissing scenes, in one episode, taking place within the temple premises.” He inquired, “As per the story, a Muslim man is in love with a Hindu woman. But, why were all kissing scenes shot within the temple premises (and not mosque).” Gaurav Tiwari informed that he had filed an FIR in this case at Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. The Home Minister said that the police officers will test and tell what legal action can be taken against the concerned OTT platform and the director of the film for hurting religious sentiments.The repetitive kissing scenes shot on a temple (Maheshwar Temple in Khargone) premises with religious songs playing in the background are offensive and have hurt the sentiments of a community.
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The direction of Mishra came after Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) national secretary Gaurav Tiwari got an FIR registered in Rewa of MP against the web series and the alleged offensive content. He has demanded apology from the makers of the web series and removal of the controversial scenes and urged netizens to remove Netflix from their mobile phones. Tiwari has also demanded an apology from the Congress and ex-chief minister Kamal Nath as the shooting for the web series was held during the tenure of the Congress government last year.