New Delhi, July 14: Congress President Rahul Gandhi made a double-attack while breaking his silence on the controversy regarding Netflix web series Sacred Games. Other than disagreeing with the views expressed in the web series over former Prime Minister and his father Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul also took a jibe at the BJP and RSS. Also Read - Congress Facing Another Leadership Crisis or Just Looking For Reform? Here's What we Know
Rahul, in a tweet on Saturday, said that unlike the BJP, he did not believe that freedom of expression must be policed and controlled. Also Read - Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi Moves Out of Delhi to Goa With Son Rahul To Avoid Pollution
“BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right (sic),” Rahul said in the tweet. Also Read - ‘Insulting’: Lawyer Seeks FIR Against Barack Obama For Writing on Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh
“My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that,” he added.
Rahul’s remarks come amid several police complaints and petitions by Congress leaders and supporters demanding action against the makers and actors of the web series, claiming that some of its content was derogatory to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Sacred Games – Netflix’s first Indian original series – landed into legal trouble after a complaint was filed against Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the producers for allegedly insulting former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The complaint has been filed by Congress supporter Rajiv Sinha, a resident of Kolkata, who has accused the makers of “Sacred Games” of using a cuss word when referring to Rajiv Gandhi and also of “misinterpreting facts during his regime”.
In his complaint to Kolkata Police, Sinha said that Nawazuddin, who is playing the role of one Ganesh Gaitonde, used the word “fattu” for Rajiv Gandhi. The complaint letter said that the word “fattu” was translated as pu*** in the subtitles.
The series, based on a novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra, has been making news for its vivid sex scenes, the use of profanity and savagery. However, it has received excellent reviews from viewers and critics. Its directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane have been appreciated for their extraordinary efforts in transforming the novel into a web series.
With Saif Ali Khan playing the Sikh Sartaj Singh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Ganesh Gaitonde, Radhika Apte as a RAW officer, and a slew of talented artistes like Neeraj Kabi, Aamir Bashir, Luke Kenny, Rajshri Deshpande, Kubbra Sait and Jatin Sarna in the supporting cast, the eight-episode show is compelling viewing.