Veteran actor Shatrugan Sinha has written an opinion piece where he reacted to the digital streaming platforms being brought under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He wrote on how ‘moral policing’ will kill the online streaming platforms and called the move ‘farce’. Also Read - The Girl On The Train Remake Teaser Out: Parineeti Chopra Tries To Escape Entangled Murder Mystery
Taking to Twitter, he shared the article and wrote, “This article from the @timesofindia on enforcing a code of morality in India, with the lame excuse, ‘hurt sentiments’ is such a farce. In these pandemic & difficult times it was the OTT platforms which were lively & helped us cope while staying home & a stress buster too. (sic)” Also Read - How Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story Changed Pratik Gandhi's Life, Actor Says 'Could Never Dream of This'
He further added, “Creating a fear through superstition & religion is the worst way to kill art & creativity. This is a great flourishing industry which has a great future ahead, why kill it by just a few with superficial & ‘perverted mindsets’ Food for serious thought! A important read! Jai Hind!” Also Read - Mukesh Chhabra: Fardeen Khan Blown me Away With His Transformation, His Comeback is Final | Exclusive
On November 11, a gazette notification brought streaming platforms under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, leaving the giants concerned about the strict censorship over the online content. Until now, the streaming giants were under the ambit of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
In July, Piyush Goyal, commerce and industry minister, to self regulate the content amd raised concerns over content that is ‘sometimes objectionable, contains misinformation, portrays poorly our country and society, and is just not worth watching with family’.