The web series ‘Underworld’ was released on Amazon Prime on May 15. After its release, the series garnered a lot of praise and discussion. Recently, a member of the Bar Association, Viren Shri Gurung, sent a legal notice to Anushka Sharma, one of the producers of the series.
Allegedly, a dialogue in this series has mocked the 1.5 million Nepali community in India. The subject of the complaint is ‘Castist Slur’. Let me explain. Suppose someone is doing something cruel, you quickly say, ‘He is a butcher.’ As a result, the whole butcher community is disrespected. Indian law prohibits such communal attacks or belittling communities. The lawyer wants to stop Anushka from fighting under that law. The legal notice said, ‘There is a scene in this series where a female police officer communally mocks a Nepali character.
What happened is unacceptable. As Anushka Sharma is one of the producers of the series, we have sent her a legal notice. ‘ Not only is this lawyer alone, but the Indian Gorkha Youth Council has also filed an online petition to have the words silenced during that scene.
And the subtitles express regret. At least as a warning that no community has been downplayed here. Thus it has been asked to correct the technical error. The petition was launched by Namrata Sharma, social service secretary of the Gorkha Youth Council. The petition will also be sent to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar. Joydeep Ahlawat, Gul Panang, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Swastika Mukherjee have played the lead roles.