Could OTT content like Sacred Games and Game Of Thrones lose their edge if they were to be censored? While the answer might be one with no clear consensus, a PIL has been filed at the Bombay High Court seeking content regulations on certain “obscene and vulgar” shows being aired on OTT platforms.

Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and M G Biradkarhave issued notices to the I&B Ministry, Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Home Affairs and to the Nagpur police commissioner, seeking their respective replies by October 31, claim news reports.

The PIL has filed by Divya Gontia reportedly in context to a web series called Gandi Baat on ALTBalaji. Also mentioned in the PIL as objectionable is Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane’s Netflix series Sacred Games. The PIL states that Sacred Games uses vulgar language and shows sexually explicit scenes. More importance is given to nudity, obscenity and vulgarity than to the original plot.

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Gandi Baat Poster

The petitioner’s lawyer Shyam Dewani told PTI, “We cited before the court various examples of uncontrolled vulgarity, obscenity in such shows and sought a direction to concerned authorities to take appropriate action against all such web service providers.”

“Broadcasting nudity or vulgar scenes is a cognisable offence under IPC, Cinematograph Act, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986 and the Information Technology Act, 2000,” added the lawyer.

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Sacred Games Poster

You might recall that the Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte starrer, Sacred Games, that streams on Netflix, had run into trouble when a plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking removal of some “offensive scenes.” It alleged that some of its content was derogatory in nature to former PM Rajiv Gandhi.



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