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. When Netflix 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 as Amazon Prime Video, Zee5, MX Player, and HULU to establish their presence in the Indian market.
Over the years, these steaming portals have presented us with some spectacular web series’. These include the likes of Sacred Games (2018), Inside Edge (2017), The Family Man (2019), and 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): 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.
2) Betaal (2020): Netflix
Produced by Shahrukh Khan, Betaal debuted on Netflix on 24th May 2020. However, the web series has been accused of plagiarism. A PIL filed by Marathi screenwriter Sameer accused Red Chillies of plagiarism. In the PIL, he has mentioned that the story for Betaal has been copied from his work Vetala.
3) Sacred Games (2018): Netflix
Starring Nawzuddin Siddique and Saif Ali Khan, 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 Gandhi 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): 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.
5) Queen (2019): MX Player
Based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, 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): 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, a BJP leader filed a police complaint against Anurag Kashyap 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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