Unregulated web series continue to promote anti-Hindu content

The casual anti-Hindu trend started by series’ like Sacred Games, Ghoul, Leila, and Paatal Lok, which has now become the norm with several others. The web series world along with stand-up comedy circles has mainstreamed this hatred in an attempt to “look cool”.

Here are a few recent releases that remind us why a massive clampdown on unregulated net content is an absolute necessity.

Dolly Kitty aur woh chamakte sitare (Dolly kitty and the shining stars) is an Ekta Kapoor production (no surprises there!) directed by Alankrita Srivastava that is supposed to carry a “rebelutionary” plotline.

What the makers would like us to believe is rebelutionary is in reality moral degeneracy passed off as creativity. Feminism, rather feminazism, is a convenient excuse to put up the most immoral content as “fight against patriarchy” and women expressing “freedom of choice”.

The central theme of Dolly Kitty is about a married Hindu woman, who has two kids, “sleeping” with a Muslim delivery boy and her cousin who works in a call-center selling ‘gift items’ using ‘sex chats’ for the same.

In other words, this film simply tries to pass off mindless sex and adultery as women’s right to exercise their choice. This is commodification of women and not ‘rebelutionary’ content aimed at smashing the patriarchy.

No series is complete these days unless and until it shows bhagwa men (men in saffron) indulging in mob violence. This film doesn’t fail on that count either when it shows the Muslim delivery boy, with whom the central character had an adulterous relationship, being harassed and killed by a Hindu mob carrying bhagwa flags during a demonstration.

Ekta Kapoor was the one who mainstreamed adultery through her numerous “saas-bahu” sagas where the families were quintessential “sanskari (cultured), Hindu families”. Wonder, if these filmmakers would use the same theme with Muslim or Christian characters.

While Netflix rules the roost as far as anti-Hindu content is concerned, Disney Hotstar is not one to be left behind. Hence, the latter has come up with a series Pariwar (family) that is out and out anti-Hindu mocking customs such as Yagna (ritual worship) by making the Pandit (priest) performing it utter some incoherent nonsense in the name of mantras.

The worse, however, is yet to come. Insulting one’s mother and heaping insults on the priest called to perform the ritual is supposed to be a comedy and then one of the characters calls the ritual a “nautanki” (drama) before going on to pour water on the havan-kund (sacrificial fire). If this is not a mockery of Hindu Dharma, then what is?

No self-respecting Hindu will ever do such an act but for producers, directors, and actors as long as such content sets the cash registers ringing, it is absolutely fine to hurt Hindu sentiments.

And joining this ever-growing list of anti-Hindu content is Prakash Jha’s web seriesAashram”. Aashram (hermitage) is the story of a “Baba”, conveniently Hindu even if many criminals turn out to be Christian Padres and Islamic Maulvis, who has amassed followers but is actually a rapist and murderer.

The show is apparently based on Gurmeet Ram Rahim who is a Sikh but went on to launch his own sect and cult. However, Jha’s Baba Nirmal is a Hindu sadhu. Hindu hatred is a recurring theme in Prakash Jha’s movies and he has internalized this hatred so much that it has now become an obsession with him.

The main villain of his 2003 movie Gangaajal (Ganga water) was a Hindu Shiva devotee despite the fact that the most dreaded don of Bihar in the period which his movie was set in was Mohammed Shahabuddin, neither a Hindu nor a Shiva Bhakt by any stretch of imagination.

The lack of regulation of web content is one of the major reasons for such movies and series passing muster. Earlier too Hindupost had pointed out how the lack of a Censor Certification for OTT content is allowing such content with overdoes of debauchery, sex, violence and a liberal dose of Hindu hatred is finding its way to mobile and laptop screens.

The Tamil series Godman, Hindi shows Sacred Games and Pataal Lok and several shows from the Ekta Kapoor stable continue to target Hindus even though there was talk of many OTT platforms signing a ‘self-censorship code’ after criticism of several web series.

But clearly, as ‘Sacred Games’, ‘Ghoul’, ‘Leila’, ‘Pataal Lok’, ‘Godman’ and now the above-cited series show – Hindu bashing and demonizing Hindu Dharma is considered par for the course by many ‘creative’ people involved in the film & entertainment industry.

As the Twitter handle “Gems of Bollywood” pointed out several films from the 70s to the present have normalized anti-Hindu content besides making a mockery of Hindu customs while glorifying Muslim and Christian characters at the same time. Therefore, the previous generations most of whom have been brought up on a healthy dose of anti-Hindu content.

The real threat is the impression these kinds of content leave on young minds as the target audience is generally teenagers or young adults in the 16-25 age bracket. Considering the fact that with each passing generation, we seem to be losing touch with our Dharmic roots, this is a dangerous trend that needs to be arrested before it is too late.

We are lucky to a certain extent as social media is being vigilant and creating awareness among Hindus. This has led to an awakening, however little, among Hindus who have begun raising questions on the blind Hindu hatred promoted by these shows, yet we have a long battle ahead and must keep pushing to make filmmakers more accountable.


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