On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a notice on the plea of a Mirzapur resident, who complained against the web series Mirzapur and Amazon Prime, for maligning the image of his native place in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the reports, the plea said, "…web series named Mirzapur of 9 episodes in which they have shown Mirzapur a city of goons and adulteresses," to an extent that the residents of the said city now “feel shy and hesitant,” in front of other who’ve watched the series.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde after a brief hearing in the matter issued a notice on the plea to Centre, Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., and Amazon Prime Video. The plea has been filed by Sujeet Kumar Singh through advocate Binay Kumar Das.
The petitioner specifically objected to the portrayal of a woman hailing from the district having sexual affair with the servant and her father-in-law as well. The petition was filed on September 22, last year.
The plea further mentioned, "By showing such ridicules and shameless things on the name of a city/ district is the insult of approximately 30 lakh population and rich culture of Mirzapur."
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The plea contended that the government should make some guidelines to prohibit bad portrayal of historical and cultural values of a city.
"Mirzapur is a place where the holy river Ganga meets the Vindhya range... The world-famous temple Vindhyachal Temple, which is also one of the 108 Shakti Peeth in India, is situated in Mirzapur district," contended the plea objecting to its portrayal in a bad light.
Mirzapur is a crime thriller on Amazon Prime Video directed by Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet Singh. The web series stars Ali Fazal, Pankaj Tripathi, Divyenndu, and Rasika Dugal, among others.
(Inputs from IANS)