Irony Died Once Again When SC Issued Notice To ‘Mirzapur’ For Tarnishing Uttar Pradesh’s Image, I think that somewhere down the line people forgot that art is always inspired by reality and reality is always disappointing.
Art is supposed to rile you up and make you look outside your window and see reality as it is mirzapur. If it isn’t doing that, it’s probably some kind of propaganda to stop you from accepting reality and making amends. Well, sadly, the Supreme Court has now joined this practice as well by holding the reel Uttar Pradesh accountable i.e. Mirzapur instead of the real Uttar Pradesh sigh.
According to The Indian Express, a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde (Yes, the same guy who can’t keep his pants up. Please don’t sue me for saying that. It’s a fact) issued a notice to Amazon Prime Video and Excel Entertainment, the makers of Mirzapur based on a plea seeking to ban the second seasons because it “has completely tarnished the historical and cultural image of the city/district””.
The petition also asked for the setting up of a pre-screening committee for stuff launched on OTT platforms (Yes, which will be made of boomers with 18th century sensibilities. That’s what we need!). Additionally, Bobde sought a response of the Central Government on the petition.
The petition was filed on September 22, 2020, and came up for hearing yesterday. It stated that the web series has shown every resident of Mirzapur as goon, vagabond and adulterer in front of the country”, so much so that its residents “feel shy and hesitant” when people outside Mirzapur look at them with suspicion after watching the series. It is full of “nudity, vulgarity… and abusive language”.
It also said, such shows “are clear violation of the dictum of the Supreme Court to block the publication or transmission of obscene material containing sexually explicit act or conduct and also publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act or conduct and also publishing or transmitting material depicting children in sexually explicit act or conduct forthwith”.
Kahaani khatam nahi hui hai bhai, ruko. According to NDTV, a journalist in Mirzapur town, Arvind Chaturvedi, in UP has alleged that the web series has portrayed the town in a bad light and has shown it as a den of terror and illegal activities. The charge listed in the FIR is “deliberate and malicious intention of outraging religion feelings”.
Yeah, I am not making this up! Mr. Chaturvedi’s religious sentiments were hurt because of Mirzapur’s plot and dialogues and he was also hurt because the district was portrayed in a bad light. Based on this, a team of UP police even boarded a train to Mumbai to get to the bottom of this massive controversy to malign the image of Uttar Prad— I am sorry, I can’t even say that sarcastically.
Now, I wanted to make a list of the shit that’s actually happening in Uttar Pradesh. But the good people on the internet did that job for me. Here you go (BTW people from Uttar Pradesh, please pay extra attention because all this is not from a web series. This is actually happening).
Dekho bhai, if Indians think that not showing India’s reality, attacking filmmakers, jailing comedians, harassing social workers, and licking the boots of the supreme leader is going to make India better, I have news for you. It’s not going to work. History is proof of that. So, keep doing this shit until you can. It’s not going to change anything, to be very honest. I will even say this that these web series are tame in comparison to what’s happening in India. Like mind-blowingly tame.
Don’t believe me? Go to Delhi and see what’s happening at its borders. Shut the f*ck up, open your eyes, and see. That’s the real India. Are you getting offended by that? No. Is a TV show offending you more than that? Then something is wrong with you and hence something is wrong with the country and these shows are merely trying to show that. Don’t blame the shows for that. Blame yourself. And if you can’t, don’t watch these shows, dude! Nobody’s bloody forcing you to watch it.