Netflix OTT Controversy: What’s So Objectionable In Anurag Kashyap’s Short Film The ‘Ghost Stories’? Read To Know

A Complainant has been filed against Anurag Kashyap. Let us know what’s so objectionable in the scene of the short film ‘Ghost Stories’. Read to Know

Finally, a crackdown on OTT begins, The first complaint has been filed under the Digital Media Ethics Code on a particular scene shot in Anurag Kashyap’s short film ‘Ghost Stories’. Let us know more about it.

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For a long time, there was no content controlling committee for Indian OTT, as there is Censor Board for Bollywood films. However, things have been no more the same since early 2021, when the Information and Broadcasting Ministry framed the Information Rules 2021 means, Guide Lines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code. Under this, the Indian streaming platforms had been asked to put in some kind of mechanism to address the complaints of the viewers.

Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap

Know What, Why, How, and When the regulation came into being

Not too old, it’s only been a few months since the regulations on Ethics Code came into force and now the complaint has been filed with the concerned authority of Netflix India later this week. Netflix India has received a complaint against Director Anurag Kashyap’s short film Made in Heaven and actor Shobhita Dhulipala in The 2020 Anthology Ghost Stories for filming a gruesome scene. The particular scene under objection that led to the filing of a complaint is, in one of the scenes of the short film, the actress chewed her fetus just after having a miscarriage.

Ghost Stories on Netflix

The particular scene under objection that led to the filing of a complaint is, in one of the scenes of the short film, where the actress chewed her fetus just after having a miscarriage

The complaint addresses that,

“This scene was not necessary for the story, and if the makers wanted to add such a scene, there should have been a trigger warning message for women who have been suffering from the trauma of miscarriage.”

It’s has been necessary under the mandatory law of OTT by the Govt Of India, that the complaint, must be resolved within 24 hours of its filing.
According to the report, the complaints of the viewers shall have to be registered within 24 hours. Consequently, the concerned people shall have to resolve the matter at the earliest. Presently, the complaint has been registered with the Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO) of Netflix OTT. A Netflix spokesperson has stated that,

“Since this was a partner-managed production (RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment), we have reached out to the production company to share the complaint.”

This is interesting to note that, The Ghost Stories was released in January 2020 last year. It comprised four short films, which were directed by Karen Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Anurag Kashyap.

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