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7 Web Series That Managed To Land In A Controversy

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7 Web Series That Managed To Land In A Controversy

The world of web series has been growing significantly since the past few years. Just the way movies dominate the box office, web series are dominating the age of the Internet. Whenย Netflixย launched in India in 2016, it paved the way for TV shows around the globe to expand their reach. Simultaneously, it also opened doors for multiple other streaming services such asย Amazon Prime Video, Zee5, MX Player, and HULUย to establish their presence in the Indian market.

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Over the years, these steaming portals have presented us with some spectacular web series’. These include the likes ofย Sacred Games (2018), Inside Edge (2017), The Family Man (2019), andย many more. This made it possible for the Indian Film Industry to establish a presence outside of Asia as well. However, there were times when the content did not get along with the Indian Society. As a result, many web series managed to land in controversy despite having a good rating and viewership.

Here are seven web series that found itself in a soup after or before their release:

7 Controversial Web Series

1) Paatal Lok (2020):ย Amazon Prime Video

Palatal Lok debuted on Amazon Prime on 15th May 2020. The show quickly managed to strike a chord with its audience. Produced by Bollywood Actress Anushka Sharma, the Hindi language crime drama series has been a huge hit. However, the series has landed in a legal soup, and a legal notice has been issued to Anushka Sharma. The notice accuses the web series of using caste genitive words, which have allegedly insulted the entire Nepali community.

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2) Betaal (2020):ย Netflix

Produced byย Shahrukh Khan, Betaal debuted on Netflix on 24th May 2020. However, the web series has been accused of plagiarism. Aย PIL filed by Marathi screenwriter Sameerย accused Red Chilliesย of plagiarism. In the PIL, he has mentioned that the story for Betaal has been copied from his workย Vetala.

3) Sacred Games (2018):ย Netflix

Starringย Nawzuddin Siddique and Saif Ali Khan,ย Sacred Games is an Indian web television thriller Emmy nominated series. However, the show managed to stir up controversy through the depiction of its content. Congress President Rahul Gandhiย accused the show of misrepresentation’ of facts during his father’s (Rajiv Gandhi) regime. The show landed in a legal soup over its content that purportedly insulted former prime minister and Rahul’s father, Rajiv Gandhi.

4) Leila (2019):ย Netflix

Leila debuted on Netflix in 2019 with a view of establishing a completely new regime. However, immediately after the show’s release, people all over India accused the show of showcasing a phobia against the Hindu community. The people accused the shoemakers of hurting the sentiments of the Hindu community and also called for a boycotting the series.

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5) Queen (2019):ย MX Player

Based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Ministerย Jayalalithaa,ย Queen debuted on MX Player in 2019. However, relatives of the late Chief Minister filed a lawsuit against the show accusing them of tarnishing the image of the late Tamil Nadu CM.

6) Messiah (2020):ย Netflix

Messiah, the American crime thriller, debuted on Netflix in 2020. The show follows a charismatic figure whose followers think he can do miracles and often compare him with Jesus. However, the show was criticized for being Anit-Islamic and was accused of spreading anti-Islamic propaganda. As a result, Netflix canceled the show after season 1.

7) Sacred Games Season 2 (2019): Netflix

Sacred Games Season 2 premiered in 2019. However,ย  a BJP leader filed a police complaint against Anurag Kashyapย for hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community. A scene showed Saif Ali Khan removing his ‘Kada’ and throwing it into the sea. This was deemed disrespectful by members of the Sikh community, which led to a legal battle between the shoemakers and the public.


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