Temple kissing scenes stir trouble for Netflix India

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian state on Sunday asked police to investigate after a member of the country’s ruling party objected to scenes from the Netflix series A Suitable Boy, in which a Hindu girl kisses a Muslim boy against the backdrop of a Hindu temple.

The series is based on an English novel by one of India’s leading writers Vikram Seth and follows a young girl’s husband’s quest. It is directed by the famous Indian filmmaker Mira Nair.

“It has extremely reprehensible scenes which hurt the feelings of a particular religion,” said Narottam Mishra, the interior minister of the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Twitter.

“I ordered the police to test this controversial content” in order to determine “what legal proceedings can be brought against the producer-director of the film for attacking religious feelings.”

Gaurav Tiwari, a leader of the youth wing of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which also rules Madhya Pradesh, has filed a separate lawsuit against Netflix and warned against street protests by Hindus if the series is not removed from the platform. .

A spokesperson for Netflix India declined to comment on the police complaint. Reuters was unable to contact Nair.

Social media commentators say the possibilities for creative freedom are narrowing in India, especially when it comes to portraying Hindu-Muslim relations.

Many Indians took to Twitter demanding a boycott of Netflix, which sees India as one of its most promising growth markets, but where its shows have faced legal challenges.

Last month, a unit of Indian conglomerate Tata withdrew a jewelry ad featuring a Hindu-Muslim family celebrating a baby shower, following threats against one of its stores and widespread criticism on social media .

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

Reporting by Neha Arora; Edited by Krishna N. Das and Barbara Lewis

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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