Freedom of expression

Rahul Gandhi comes out against demands to censor new Netflix series ‘Sacred Games’

The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change the fact that my father lived and died in the service of India, the Congress president said.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday disapproved of demands to censor references to his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Netflix’s new series Sacred Games.

“The BJP and the RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed and controlled,” Gandhi tweeted. “I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right.” The Congress president said his father lived and died in the service of India and “the views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that”.

His statement comes a couple of days after two Congress workers have registered police complaints against actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the makers of the series. An advocate has also filed a petition in the Delhi High Court demanding that certain scenes from the show be deleted as they allegedly defamed Rajiv Gandhi.

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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