Sacred Games’ English subtitles changed, Netflix tells HC

Netflix has informed the Delhi High Court that it has made changes to the controversial English subtitles for Sacred Games.

tv Updated: Jul 19, 2018 20:26 IST
Richa Banka
Richa Banka
Hindustan Times
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Sacred Games.

Criticism or even expression of dissatisfaction is permissible, the Delhi High Court observed on Thursday while hearing a plea which had sought to remove “offensive remarks” made against former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in the web series Sacred Games.

A bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Chander Shekhar also enquired the meaning of the word ‘fattu’ which has been used in the fourth episode of the series as he had some doubts about the English translation that has been used.

Following this, the counsel for Netflix, Chanderlal said that they have changed the English translation and replaced it with ‘wimp’ instead of a more offensive word used earlier.

The court’s remarks about “criticism” and “expression” came while asking the counsel for the petitioner as to which portion of web series do they think has been violating these two elements.

“Criticism or even expression of dissatisfaction is permissible. So which portion do you think has been violating these things,” the court said.

It asked Shashank Garg, counsel for the petitioner, whether the “expression of view point be stopped” adding that “there is no regulation on the internet as of now except in some limited cases”.

The bench’s remarks came when Garg said that Rajiv Gandhi was acquitted in the Bofors case and despite that remarks have been against him in this case. Referring to certain judgments, he said that this is public injury as an award in the field of sports, airports and other educational institutions have been named on him.

The court, however, said that a person has a view point. It might be right or wrong. We can’t say it to be public injury.

“Only when we find that there is something related to the law or illegal. As far as defamation is concerned, that right is available to you,” the bench said.

The court also asked Garg to give the context in which the three alleged objectionable dialogues have been used. It also posed a query whether the plea is a PIL or it is maintainable or not.

The court has fixed August 7 as the next date of hearing.

The plea by advocate Nikhil Bhalla sought directions to ensure the removal of the allegedly offensive scenes and remarks made directly or indirectly against the former prime minister or his family. It alleged that the series incorrectly depicts historical events of the country.

The controversy over the web series started Rajiv Sinha, a Congress member from West Bengal filed a complaint alleging that the series was “misrepresenting facts during his (Rajiv Gandhi) regime”.

Sacred Games is based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 thriller novel of the same name and is produced by Reliance Entertainment’s Phantom Films joint venture. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan and Radhika Apte are in the lead roles.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 20:24 IST