An official legal complaint has been filed against Anushka Sharma, co-producer of Amazon Prime Video's latest series, Paatal Lok. Paatal Lok was released last week to an amazing response from critics and subscribers alike. The series shows the story of a crime investigation, alongside touching upon negative aspects of Indian society. Considering the touchy topics it talks about, it comes as no surprise that at least one organisation got offended and has filed a legal complaint. Read on for details of this Paatal Lok complaint.
This association alleges that "racist remarks" have been used against a Nepali character in Paatal Lok on Amazon Prime Video. The petition, and legal complaint, in question demand that the streaming platform mute the words used, blur the subtitles for it, and even upload an edited video with apology.
An online petition has also been initiated which has received more than 10,000 signatures at the time of writing this. The petition talks about the scene from Season 1, Episode 2, 3 minutes & 41 seconds, where the Nepali speaking community is maligned with the use of a slur. The character in question is called Mary Lyngdoh.
"The Gorkha community is the largest Nepali speaking community and this is a direct insult to the community," the petition mentioned.
This is not just regressive but also racist stereotyping of North Easterners in particular the Gorkhas... We strongly condemn it in toughest terms and seek immediate removal of the scene's subtitles and mute the slur!" it continued.
Paatal Lok shows the the story of a Delhi policeman who is put in charge of an attempt to murder investigation that gets complicated as the episodes progress. It has been rated highly by most people across the board, comparing it with Sacred Games for the title of the best Web series in Hindi.