Amazon Prime Video’s Paatal Lok starring Jaideep Ahlawat, Gul Panag, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Swastika Mukherjee in lead roles opened to good reviews and the audience has been hailing this crime investigation thriller series.
Actress Anushka Sharma has bankrolled the series and is the executive producer of Paatal Lok. She has found herself in legal trouble after a member of the Lawyers Guild sent her a legal notice over a perceived casteist slur in the show.
Viren Sri Gurung, a member of the Lawyers Guild has sent a legal notice to Anushka for a perceived casteist slur on the show, and said that the word is insulting towards the Nepali community.
“There is a clip wherein during an interrogation a lady police officer uses a casteist slur on a Nepali character. There wouldn’t have been any problem had only ‘Nepali’ been used. But the word that follows it is unacceptable. Since Anushka Sharma is one of the producers of the show, we have served her a notice”, Gurung said.
Anushka is yet to respond to the notice and Gurung added that he will take the matter up with Amazon next.
This is not the first time when the series sparked a controversy. Previously, an organisation representing Gorkhas claimed that a scene in Paatal Lok contained a sexual slur directed at the community and demanded the conversation be muted.
The Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh (BhaGoYuP), the youth wing of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh also started an online petition demanding the scene to be muted.
"Nepali is one of the 22 scheduled languages and there are 10.5 million people in India who speak Nepali as the common tongue. The Gorkha community is the largest Nepali speaking community and this is a direct insult to the community," the Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh said.
"We strongly condemn it in toughest terms and seek immediate removal of the scene's subtitles and mute the slur," the petition to be sent to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said.