The Empire, a new series on Disney+ Hotstar, has sparked outrage on social media. This is because the streamer has failed to listen to any objections about the show, which critics believe honours Mughal Emperor Babur, who is blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Hindus.
This has spawned a trending Twitter hashtag, #UninstallHotstar, which has garnered over 34K tweets as of this writing.
Check out some of the tweets here:
— Raj kumar verma (@Iamrajkumarve) August 27, 2021
Mughals were neither great rulers nor were they secularists pic.twitter.com/8ak2gcPqKW
— Chetan Rajhans © (@1chetanrajhans) August 27, 2021
I Request To All Nationalist .
— Rajaram Gurjar (@BjpRajaram99) August 27, 2021
— Dinesh Kumar BJP (@DineshBJPindia) August 27, 2021
Yes I have done
— अशोक पासवान (@AshokPa72976701) August 27, 2021
Me who never installed it pic.twitter.com/aIqP0fBDIJ
— Yuvraj Pratap Rao 🇮🇳 (@yuvrajuv444) August 27, 2021
Shame on Hotstar App .
— योगी भारत (@rakesh_bstpyp) August 27, 2021
— OM Prakas Singh (@OmvaaniBjp) August 27, 2021
Babar is Terrorist
— हिन्दू ईकोसिस्टम | गर्व से कहो हम हिन्दू हैं (@HinduEcosystem_) August 27, 2021
— KIZIE #JusticeForSushantSinghRajput (@Sushantify) August 27, 2021
— दीपक मिश्रा Дипак Мишра Deepak Mishra (@PurvanchalTweet) August 27, 2021
— Vishal Jadhav (@Vishal_j25) August 27, 2021
However, Hotstar has dismissed a complaint about a series that is now streaming on its site. The film’s creators have been accused of praising Islamic conqueror Babur. The grievance officer (appointed under the Information Technology (Guidelines for intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021) is alleged to have dismissed the complaint, claiming that the series does not glorify Babur.
Shabana Azmi plays Aisan Daulat Begum, Kunal Kapoor plays Babur, Drashti Dhami plays Babur’s sister Khanzada Begum, Dino Morea plays Muhammad Shaybani, Rahul Dev plays Wazir Khan, and Aditya Seal plays Humayun in the show.