The anthology series Navarasa, although garnering accolades and rave reviews since its release on 6 August 2021, has triggered a trend on Twitter, wherein a section of netizens are demanding a ban on Netflix, the OTT platform responsible for the release of the web series.
Since, Raza Academy, a self-professed “Sunni Barelvi organization of Indian Sunni Muslims” is miffed with the OTT giant due to an ad that was recently published in a Tamil newspaper, Daily Thanthi to market the web series, and consequently has caused the hashtag #BanNetflix to trend on Twitter. All such hashtag easily trends on twitter since it gets the backing of Pakistan so that they can defame India.
The ad is about, “Inmai”, one of the short stories of the anthology. The story features South Indian heavyweights like, Siddharth, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Pavel Navgeethan, and Rajesh Balachandran, among others, and is directed by Rathindran R Prasad.
The advertisement features a verse from the Quran, which the organization has deemed unacceptable, and has called for strict action against Netflix. Section of Muslim society still doesn’t digest anything easily citing the reason that it is a way to infiltrate into their religious faith.
To release its new film NavaRasa, Netflix has released a new ad where a few verses of the holy book Quran were shown in the popular newspaper Daily Thanthi. Many Muslim organizations came into support citing it as an insult to the holy book Quran of Muslims and they have demanded strict action against @NetflixIndia,” the organization said in its tweet.
Produced by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan, Navarasa is a collection of nine stories based on human emotions.
Notably, the hashtag #BanNetflix was trending in November 2020 as well, post the release of Delhi Crime. At that point in time, Netflix India was accused of portraying ‘inappropriate content.