Actors cannot be held liable for the dialogues: Delhi HC on 'Sacred Games'

On Saturday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi stated that freedom of expression is a fundamental democratic right, however 'Indu Sarkar' filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar finds the statement contradictory.

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Produced by Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films, Netflix's original web series ‘Sacred Games’ landed into legal trouble because of certain content used in the series which apparently seems to be insulting the image of former PM Rajiv Gandhi. A legal petition has been filed against the producers and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui by the Congressmen.

Today in a hearing session, Delhi High Court announced, "Actors cannot be held liable for the dialogues". The court also said that since all the eight episodes have been aired already, no new episodes will be aired. The next hearing will be held on Thursday, July 19.



On the other hand, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has also given a green signal to Netflix’s original web series ‘Sacred Games’ stating that freedom of expression is a fundamental democratic right.

Commenting on the issue Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right. My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that. #SacredGames."


 

To which Anurag Kashyap, who has directed the show with Vikramaditya Motwane wrote,"That's a yay..."


 

Not only the producer and directors of the web series but also many celebrities from the fraternity have appreciated Congress President for being progressive and understanding the basic fundamental rights.

Veere Di Wedding actress Swara Bhaskar, who usually raises her voice on such socio-political issues tweeted, "It is impressive that a mainstream politician like Rahul Gandhi is taking this clear and progressive stand on freedom of expression and censorship. Also, it's gracious and mature that he is able to set aside the personal for the larger goal of democratic rights. Credit where due."



Film Neerja’s producer Atul Kasbekar wrote, “This mature view should hopefully now put to rest other easily outraged folks for any future 'transgressions and perceived insults'. Well done Mr. Gandhi."


Also Read: Sacred Games: Complaint Filed Against Nawazuddin Siddiqui For "Insulting" Former PM Rajiv Gandhi

However, Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar is not happy with Gandhi’s statement, he found it contradictory.

Bhandarkar took to Twitter, posted a video and tweeted, "Dear Rahul Gandhiji, here is a compilation of the harrowing experience I had when your party workers tried to police and control my freedom of expression during my film 'Indu Sarkar'. I was hounded at various cities to 5-star hotels to the censor board office. I requested for your support, but you didn't."


 

Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Sacred Games is based on novelist Vikram Chandra's novel with the same title. The show has few references to the Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi-government, as well as the Bofors scandal and the Shah Bano case that created a storm during Rajiv Gandhi's tenure as Prime Minister.

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