Bombay Begums has been met with controversy just four days after it released on Netflix.
The series tells the story of five women in Bombay, from different walks of life. Released on March 8th, it’s a six-episode series that explores various topics and struggles women face, from sexism to societal pressures to self-esteem issues.
The show, which was directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, however has already been met with critics of the storylines.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has released a notice to Netflix to request the removal of the show, over the portrayal of children.
Bombay Begums controversy explained
NCPCR sent a request to Netflix for a detailed action report with 24 hours in response. The organisation says if the streaming service does not do so, they will begin to take legal action.
Reportedly, the focus of the Bombay Begums controversy at hand are scenes that capture a teenager using drugs and alcohol as a consequence of suffering from self-esteem issues. The show does contain a advisory disclaimer that it’s only suitable for 18+ audiences.
In the request, the NCPCR wrote: “Netflix should take extra precaution while streaming any content in respect of the children or for the children and shall also refrain themselves from getting into such things. Therefore, you are directed to look into this matter and immediately stop streaming of this series and furnish a detailed action report within 24 hours, failing which the Commission will be constrained to initiate appropriate action pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the CPCR (Commission for Protection of Child Rights) Act, 2005.”
At the time of writing, Netflix have not responded to the commission. We have reached out to Netflix for a comment on the claims and are currently awaiting a response.
Amazon Prime also faced complaints
Netflix isn’t the only streaming service to recieve a controversy after a new show. Just last week Amazon Prime had to cut a scene from new drama Tandav. The scenes in question reportedly depicted an actor playing Hindu deity Lord Shiva in a play using the politically-charged Urdu-language word ‘azaadi’.
Amazon Prime India execs were summoned to a meeting with India’s Information and Broadcast Ministry, and the scene was soon cut. The streaming service offered a public apology after.