Netflix India has obtained a complaint against Anurag Kashyap’s short film in 2020. In an interview with Mid-Day, the compliant said in that short film, Sobhita Dhulipala’s character eats a foetus after suffering a miscarriage. The complaint notes, “The scene is not required for the story, and if the creators wished to add such a scene, there should have been a trigger warning for women who have gone through the trauma of miscarriages.”
According to the report, complaints must be registered within 24 hours and addressed at the earliest. The report quoted Netflix India spokesperson as saying, “As this was a partner-managed production, we reached out to the production company to share the complaint.”
Before the notification of the Rules, digital news media was largely unregulated. The introduction of the new laws is seen by many as an effort to moderate and impose restrictions on digital creators. “So it has started… A complaint came to Netflix on Ghost Stories. This is the end,” Anurag wrote in an Instagram Story that is no longer visible on his profile but was viewed by MediaNama.
Ghost Stories features directors Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar, which was released on New Year’s day in 2020. It was a follow-up to the filmmakers’ 2018 anthology Lust Stories.
Netflix India has previously experienced backlash around titles such as Sacred Games and A suitable boy, while Amazon Prime Video has witnessed similar problems with titles such as The Family Man and Tandav.