Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and streaming giant Amazon Prime Video on Monday received a notice from Haryana High Court on a petition saying the web series ‘Paatal Lok’ has defamed the Sikh community.
The notice of motion was issued by the bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi to the Union of India and 15 other respondents. The petitioner has objections to the third episode of Anushka Sharma’s “A History of Violence” show that was set in a village in Punjab.
Petitioner-advocate Gurdeepinder Singh Dhillon said, “The respondents have purposely and maliciously within the intent of creating communal disharmony and caste based clashes have shown two communities in a bad light.”
A few days ago, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, former Akali Dal MLA and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee president tweeted that the series must be banned for maligning ‘religious harmony’. Pointing out to a rape scene in the series, he tweeted, “Sikhs are Saviours of women. The whole world recognises Sikhs for their Sewa and Humanity but shame on @AnushkaSharma @PrimeVideoIN for showing Sikhs as Rapists.”
Paatal Lok released on Amazon Prime Video on May 15, it features Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi and Abhishek Banerjee in the center is a story set in Delhi. Produced by Anushka Sharma, the web series that has garnered massive critical acclaim has been at the end of backlash since its release. Earlier, the series was called out as Hinduphobic.
On the work front, Anushka Sharma will be next seen in the biopic of Jhulan Goswami, who is a pacer of India’s women cricket team. The film was slated to release on August 10, 2020, but there will be a change in plan pertaining to the on-going coronavirus pandemic.
Anushka Sharma has previously produced films like Pari, NH10, and Phillauri.