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Complaint registered against Anurag Kashyap's 2020 release Ghost Stories


The complainant has objected to a scene where Sobhita Dhulipala's character eats a foetus after experiencing a miscarriage.

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Netflix India has received a complaint regarding a certain scene in Anurag Kashyap's segment in the anthology film Ghost Stories (2020). This is the first such complaint to have come up since the ministry of information and broadcasting formulated the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 earlier this year.

According to the IT Rules, a grievance officer must be put in place by OTT platforms to address complaints within 15 days.

A report in the compact newspaper Mid-Day report quoted the Netflix India representative as saying, "As this was a partner-managed production (Flying Unicorn Entertainment and RSVP Films), we reached out to the production company to share the complaint."

The complainant has objected to a scene where Sobhita Dhulipala's character eats a foetus after experiencing a miscarriage, remarking that it is triggering for women who have undergone similar trauma. The complaint, as per Mid-Day reads, "The scene is not required for the story, and if creators wished to add such a scene, there should have been a trigger warning for women who have gone through the trauma of miscarriages."

At the time of its release, series such as Ghost Stories were relatively free of censorship since online programmes were not subject to the Cinematograph Act.

The incident comes in the wake of the government proposing changes to the Cinematograph Act, which allow for it to direct the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to re-examine a film that has already been certified for public exhibition.

Several filmmakers, including director Shyam Benegal, have written to the government, voicing their opposition to the move

Ghost Stories also featured short segments helmed by Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar. Netflix has received complaints in the past over scenes in the series Sacred Games (2018-19) and A Suitable Boy (2020). Amazon Prime Video, similarly, ran into trouble with the political drama Tandav (2021).

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