Unsuitable backlash hits Netflix India over ‘A Suitable Boy’ kissing scene

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 24 November 2020: Netflix is facing an unsuitable reaction against a kissing scene in ‘A Suitable Boy’, a BBC production streaming since last month in India. The show a TV adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel of the same name directed by Mira Nair allegedly shows a Hindu woman being kissed by a Muslim lover.

The show seems to have got entangled in India’s web of toxic Hindu nationalist politics with #BoycottNetflix” being promoted on Twitter after, reports say, Madhya Pradesh Home Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra said the show has ‘extremely objectionable content’, reports CNN Business.

The issue is being seen in the context of some BJP state governments going in for laws against ‘love jihad’, a term used to demonize inter-faith marriages between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man. The Indian government also recently enacted laws to regulate content in streaming services.

Theweek. in reports a First Information Report has been lodged against two Netflix executives for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments in the six-part series which shows the kissing scene. The series was also shot on the banks of the Narmada river at Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Meanwhile, much of the series has been seen in India and globally with mixed reviews and reactions.

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