Filmmakers, producers and actors face innumerable hurdles in breaking the boundaries of conventional cinema in India because of the sensitivity of their audiences. Add to that, the Censor Board almost always is hell bent on censorship instead of certification, which is their actual job. Now, following the formulation of the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 earlier this year by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, a complaint has been registered against Anurag Kashyap’s short in the Netflix anthology series, Ghost Stories.
The complainant took offence to a scene where Sobhita Dhulipala’s character eats a foetus after having suffered a miscarriage. Instead of deciding to not watch the short altogether, the individual has chosen to file a complaint stating that “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,” as per a Mid-Day report.
“As this was a partner-managed production [RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment], we reached out to the production company to share the complaint,” a Netflix spokesperson was commented as saying by the leading daily.
“So it has started… A complaint came to Netflix on Ghost Stories. This is the end,” Anurag Kashyap posted on his Instagram Stories. The story is no longer available.
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