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Why “Boycott Netflix” Is Trending Ahead Of Aamir Khan’s Son’s Debut

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The Netflix film Maharaj, which marks the acting debut of Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan, has landed in a controversy. Ahead of the film’s release on Friday, hashtags like “Ban Netflix” and “Ban Maharaj” have started making rounds on X (formerly Twitter).

A section of users called for a ban claiming that the upcoming period drama hurts religious sentiments. On Thursday, a day before the film was supposed to premiere, the Gujarat High Court restrained Netflix from releasing it.

The court also issues notices to the Centre, Netflix and Yash Raj Films, producers of the film. The next hearing is on June 18.

Why “Boycott Netflix”, “Ban Maharaj” Are Trending?

VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi has said that they “won’t tolerate the disrespect of Sanatan Dharma [Sanatan Dharma ka apmaan sehen nahin karenge]. Ban Maharaj Film,” reported news agency PTI.

Several users have also claimed the film has “anti-Hindu” elements.

The poster for Maharaj shows a tilak-sporting, tuft-bearing man on one side, while there is a sharply dressed young man (Amir Khan’s son Junaid

????Anti-Hindu web-series and movies have been shown on Netflix in the past as well.#BoycottNetflix
Ban Maharaj Film pic.twitter.com/ebf81HqJx5

— Yamanu Naikodi (@Yamanu76669807) June 13, 2024

A person wrote, “Junaid Khan, Yash Raj Films and #Netflix will all be held responsible if this film tries to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.”

Junaid Khan, Yash Raj Films and #Netflix will all be held responsible if this film tries to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus by showing that sadhus and saints are miscreants and lustful, and thereby disrupts law and order. #BoycottNetflix Ban Maharaj Film pic.twitter.com/Kx5LvbyIpk

— santosh parab (@spsawantwadi) June 13, 2024

Another accused Netflix of showing “anti-Hindu web-series and movies in the past as well.”

Anti-Hindu web-series and movies have been shown on Netflix in the past as well.#BoycottNetflix | Ban Maharaj Film
Boycott Bollywood pic.twitter.com/9vlrFLgjaU

— Ravichandra B M (@RavichandraBM7) June 13, 2024

“Ban Maharaj for defaming Hindu saints and sects,” read a comment.

#BoycottNetflix
Ban Maharaj Film for defaming Hindu saints n sects.
Aamir Khan’s film PK had shown derogatory scenes n offensive dialogues about Lord Shiva depicting Hindu saints as gangsters.
Now, his son is perpetuating this narrative in d movie #Maharaj. Unite n boycott pic.twitter.com/pEg1CQV69q

— Gita Dalal (@GDalal74902) June 13, 2024

What is the controversy?

Maharaj, directed by Siddharth Malhotra, also features Jaideep Ahlawat. The plot is set in pre-independent India and revolves around the Maharaj Libel Case of 1862. The film has been backed by Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films.

Last month, Netflix India, in a statement, said that Maharaj follows a journalist and social reformer Karsandas Mulji. He was a pioneering advocate for women’s rights and social reform.

 The Netflix filmMaharaj, which marks the acting debut of Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan, has landed in a controversy. Ahead of the film’s release on Friday, hashtags like “Ban Netflix” and “Ban Maharaj” have started making rounds on X.    

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