A complaint has been filed against Anurag Kashyap’s film “Ghost Stories,” which was part of an anthology of four films released on Netflix last year. And this complaint is one of the first to be covered under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021, which were drafted in February of this year.
According to this guideline, streaming services must have a redressal process in place to address viewer complaints, and as a result, Netflix India has received a complaint objecting to a specific sequence in Anurag Kashyap’s short film.
After a miscarriage, actress Sobhita Dhulipala’s onscreen character is shown devouring the unborn in the film Ghost Stories, directed by Anurag Kashyap. According to sources in Mid-Day, the complaint has expressed concern about it, questioning the scene’s necessity. The complaint read, “The scene is not required for the story, and if the creators wished to add such a scene, there should have been a trigger warning for women who have gone through the trauma of miscarriages.”
Netflix India spokesperson states as they had partnered and managed the production, hence, they have reached out to concerned company, “As this was a partner-managed production [RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment], we reached out to the production company to share the complaint.”
Reacting to this complaint, Anurag Kashyap penned in his Instagram story, “So it has started… A complaint came to Netflix on Ghost Stories. This is the end.”
Anthology film Ghost Stories was directed Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, and Karan Johar. In 2020, it was released on the OTT platform.