July 29 : After the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting developed the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 in February, the first case has been filed against Anurag Kashyap’s short film in the 2020 anthology, Ghost Stories.
The IT (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules was formulated with the aim to make artistes more responsible and accountable for their work. Five months after the formulation of the guidelines, Netflix India received a complaint against Anurag Kashyap’s short film in the 2020 anthology, Ghost Stories.
The complainant has raised an objection against the scene in which actor Sobhita Dhulipala was seen devouring the foetus from her miscarriage. The complaint wrote, “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.”
However, according to the IT guidelines, complaints by users have to be registered within 24 hours and resolved at the earliest. The matter is currently pending with Netflix’s Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO).
The 2020 Netflix anthology horror film consised of four short films directed by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap. Co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Ashi Dua under their production banner RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment respectively, the film starred Mrunal Thakur, Avinash Tiwary, Janhvi Kapoor, Raghuvir Yadav, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vijay Varma and Pavail Gulati.