By Arré Bench Jun. 29, 2020
Indian Twitter was – once again – offended by Netflix. A Telugu film released on the platform, Krishna and His Leela, was labelled “Hinduphobic”. The rom-com's protagonist shares his name with Lord Krishna and is also depicted having sexual relations with a woman named Radha, one of Lord Krishna’s consorts.
On Monday morning, Indian Twitter users were up in arms against the streaming platform Netflix. The problem was a Telugu film released on the platform called Krishna and His Leela.
Those offended by the show accused it of showcasing “Hinduphobia”, a favourite allegation to level against web series, and of being insulting to Hindu gods and goddesses. The uproar kicked up over this has led to #BoycottNetflix trending on Twitter, the home of all such inane protests.
Netflix done it again, Web Series called “Krishna & His Leela” showing Krishna have sexual affairs wth many women & one of them named as Radha. I request @NetflixIndia not to spread hatred in the name of religion. #BoycottNetflix #Hinduism pic.twitter.com/637QseuPXn
— Jayrajsinh Rajput (@jayrajsinh_IND) June 29, 2020
Krishna and His Leela is described as a rom-com, which is an odd genre to accuse of Hinduphobia. But for the easily offended, the fact that the protagonist shares his name with Lord Krishna and is also depicted having sexual relations with a woman named Radha, one of Lord Krishna’s consorts, was enough.
Netflix done it again,
Web Series called “Krishna & His Leela” showing Krishna have sexual affairs wth many women & one of them named as Radha.
The audacity to openly target #Hinduism wth lies, deceit, propaganda
— Sangacious (@sangacious) June 28, 2020
The knee-jerk reaction to content offered on these web platforms is funny, given how they are subscription-based. Users would have to go out of their way to discover content to be offended by, and it seems to be something they are getting quite good at. Krishna and His Leela is far from the first online release to be attacked by trolls for supposed “Hinduphobia”.
#Hinduphobic_Bollywood#Boycott Anushka Sharma
Another shitty Webseries against Hindu. Paatal lok should go in Pataal. Anushka Sharma’s father, brother and her husband has served for the Nation and She is producing Anti-Indian web series. Height of Hypocrisy.
— Hardik Vyas (@HardikV5) May 20, 2020
Earlier this year, Paatal Lok on Amazon Prime was faced with similar allegations. Scenes involving eating meat and graphic dialogues put the streaming platform as well as series producer Anushka Sharma in hot water.
And before that, Leila (also on Netflix) was also met with similar complaints. The critics of these shows are a one-note chorus, and their tweets about these shows could easily just have the titles swapped and nobody would be able to tell the difference.
As if Bhaiwood and other Brothelwoods are not enough , now Bharatiyas have to suffer this anti-Hindu , Hinduphobic propaganda from Netflix! #UnSubscribeNetFlix #HinduPhobicNetflix #BoycottLeila ” @ManojKureel @padhalikha @squintneon @ramana_brf https://t.co/yI5E4ruHcF
— জয় শ্রী রাম #JaiShriRam Nagaphani (@suprati_) March 8, 2019
The people who honestly believe that a little-known film on Netflix is the biggest threat to Indian society in 2020 have curious priorities. Also, they seem to have a weak grasp on the difference between fact and fiction.
Hopefully, the lockdown ends and we can go back to theatres before they harass every streaming platform out of India.