A Suitable Boy: Netflix’s Web Series Sparks Controversy Over Kissing Scene, BJP Leader Says ‘It Promotes Love Jihad’

Netflix’s web series ‘A Suitable Boy’ sparks controversy over a kissing scene, BJP leader sought action.

Updated: November 22, 2020 7:16 PM IST

By India.com Entertainment Desk | Edited by Taru Bhatia

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A fresh controversy has erupted over Netflix’s web series ‘A Suitable Boy’ after Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader alleged that the show has ‘hurt religious sentiments’. BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra has sought action against the online streaming giant after a complaint regarding the same issue was submitted by Gaurav Tiwari, National President of BJP’s Yuva Morcha, in Reeva.

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As per Tiwari’s complaint, the show has a scene where a Hindu woman and a man belonging to the Muslim community share a kiss at a temple. He added that the show promoted ‘love Jihad’. In his tweet, he claimed that ‘Netflix is promoting love jihad’.

Meanwhile, Narottam Mishra said, “I have instructed authorities to check what legal action can be taken against these scenes on the Netflix OTT platform and the producer-director of the series”.

BJP spokesperson and advocate Gaurav Goel, on the other hand, called for FIR to be lodged against Netflix. He tweeted, “If any OTT platform is deliberately insulting the Hindu Gods & Goddess, pls file the complaint with the police or local court under Section 295A of IPC. The law will take care of such offenders. In case of any assistance, you can contact me or @chakusameer.”

A Suitable Boy is Mira Nair’s TV adaption of Vikram Seth’s novel with the same name, which was released on Netflix on October 23. The six-episode series is set in the backdrop of newly independent India (1951) and is about a couple of families who are trying to arrange marriage of their daughter to a suitable boy. Ishaan Khatter, Tabu, Tanya Maniktala and Rasika Dugal play important roles in the series.

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Published Date: November 22, 2020 7:15 PM IST

Updated Date: November 22, 2020 7:16 PM IST