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Second police complaint filed against Netflix series ‘Sacred Games’

Youth Indian National Trade Union Congress President Suresh Shyamal Gupta claimed the show had insulted late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Netflix series Sacred Games has run into further trouble with a second police complaint being filed against the show. Youth Indian National Trade Union Congress President Suresh Shyamal Gupta alleged that the show had insulted late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and lodged a first information report at Chembur Police station, IANS reported on Thursday.

On Wednesday, an advocate filed a petition in the Delhi High Court demanding that certain scenes from the show be deleted. Petitioner Nikhil Bhalla had claimed that the scenes were derogatory about former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The Delhi High Court on Thursday said it will hear Bhalla’s plea on July 16, reported PTI.

Gupta had the same claims as Bhalla, who alleged that the show has scenes where the former prime minister is referred to as fattu in one of the scenes. While the word “fattu” was initially subtitled as “pussy”, it has since been changed to “wimp”.

Gupta, who is also the president of the All Indian Cine Worker’s Association, said the show dismissed the Parliament’s decision on the Shah Bano case. Gupta said: “Hence, I request you to lodge an FIR against Netflix, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, director Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and the producer of Sacred Games.”

This is the second police complaint against the show. On Tuesday, a Congress activist in West Bengal had filed a police complaint against Siddiqui and the makers of the series for disrespecting Gandhi.

Sacred Games has also been criticised by by some Twitter users who allege that the series has hurt upper-caste Hindu sentiments. They have problems with several scenes.

Season one of Sacred Games, adapted from Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name and directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, consists of eight episodes. It was released on July 6. The series tells the story of Mumbai police officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan), who is investigating the suicide of Mumbai ganglord Ganesh Gaitonde (Siddiqui). Radhika Apte plays a Research and Analysis Wing agent.

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