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SC issues notice to Mirzapur makers and Amazon Prime Video, seeks response over portrayal of UP in bad light

After Ali abbas Zafar's Tandav, web series Mirzapur has come under the scanner for 'controversial' portrayal of Mirzapur city in the show. A petition was filed in SC that the series shows the city in a bad light and amendments were demanded to be made. Now, SC has issued a notice to the makers of Mirzapur and OTT platform Amazon Prime Video seeking a response.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 21, 2021 13:13 IST
SC issues notice to Mirzapur makers and Amazon Prime Video
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SC issues notice to Mirzapur makers and Amazon Prime Video

After Ali abbas Zafar's Tandav, web series Mirzapur has come under the scanner for 'controversial' portrayal of Mirzapur city in the show. A petition was filed in SC that the series shows the city in a bad light and changes were demanded. Now, SC has issued a notice to the makers of Mirzapur and OTT platform Amazon Prime Video seeking a response. According to ANI, "Supreme Court issues notice to makers and producers of web series 'Mirzapur' and Amazon Prime Video, on a petition complaining about the portrayal of Mirzapur district, UP in a bad light in the web series. SC seeks response from the OTT platform and series makers."

"Mirzapur has rich cultural value, but in 2018 Excel Entertainment has launched a web series named Mirzapur of 9 episodes in which they have shown Mirzapur a city of goons and adulteresses," said the plea.  A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde after a brief hearing in the matter issued notice on the plea Centre, Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Amazon Prime video. The plea has been filed by Sujeet Kumar Singh through advocate Binay Kumar Das.

The petitioner specifically objected to the portrayal of a woman hailing from the district having sexual affair with the servant and her father-in-law as well. "By showing such ridicules and shameless things on the name of a city/ district is the insult of approximately 30 lakh population and rich culture of Mirzapur," added the plea. The plea contended that the government should make some guidelines to prohibit bad portrayal of historical and cultural values of a city.

"Mirazapur is a place where the holy river Ganga meets the Vindhya range... The world famous temple Vindhyachal Temple, which is also one of the 108 Shakti Peeth in India, is situated in Mirzapur district," contended the plea objecting to its portrayal in bad light.

Earlier, a case was filed against the producer of the web series Mirzapur and Amazon Prime Video in Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur district on Monday. According to the police reports, a case had been lodged by one Arvind Chaturvedi at the Kotwali police station. The complainant has alleged that the 'Mirzapur' web series hurts religious, social and regional sentiments and damages social harmony.

It is alleged that religious feelings and beliefs have been greatly hurt by this series that focuses on abusive and illicit relationships. The 'Mirzapur' series has been mired in controversies since its release last year.

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On a related note, Saif Ali Khan starrer Tandav has been in the headlines lately for provoking communal disharmony over a scene from the first episode. More than three FIRs have been filed against the makers and the producers in over 6 cities in the last few days. Even after the makers have agreed to make the changes in the web series, Tandav continues to be in a pool of trouble.  Also, a team of four police officials from Lucknow left for Mumbai on Wednesday where they were supposed to interrogate the makers of Tandav.

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