VHP Warns Filmmakers, OTT Platforms Against ‘Anti-Hindu’ Content
Rhea Srivastava -
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has issued a warning to filmmakers and mainstream Indian OTT media services against broadcasting or commissioning movies or web shows that show the Hindu religion in a derogatory way. In a statement given by Shiraj Nair, VHP spokesperson, the legal consequences of any content which may disparage Hinduism was mentioned.
“Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal strictly warn all filmmakers and OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon, MX Player, Alt Balaji etc to immediately stop anti-Hindu web series or movies ridiculing or mocking Hindu Dharma." He added that in case of violations, "We will take legal action.”
While no specific event can be zeroed in on to decipher what brought around this warning, this isn’t the first time that the VHP has made their displeasure known over the content on OTT platforms which they deem as ‘inappropriate.’ In December 2019, the VHP had also spoken against ‘immoral advertisements’ and demanded a ban on them as part of their three-day Central Council meeting in Mangalore. "There has been a deterioration of Hindu values in the society, which has resulted in the incidences of women being targeted," noted VHP back then.
In 2019, shows like Leila and Patriot Act (both on Netflix) and The Final Call (on Zee5) were called out by the organisation for their provocative content. And a PIL filed in the Supreme Court also alleged that much of the content on OTT platforms violated some provision of the IPC and Information Technology Act.
At the moment, no response or joint statement has been received from one or more OTT platforms.