Mira Nair's A Suitable Boy sparks controversy over kissing scene in temple; BJP leaders feel 'it promotes love jihad'

Mira Nair directed A Suitable Boy courted controversy over a kissing scene. Leaders of the political party Bhartiya Janta Party have accused the Netflix series of 'hurting religious sentiments'. The controversy started after National President of BJP's Yuva Morcha, Gaurav Tiwari, shared a scene from A Suitable Boy wherein a Hindu girl named Lata (Tanya Maniktala) is seen kissing her Muslim suitor Kabir Durrani (Danesh Razvi) in a temple. 

Gaurav, in his tweet, accused Netflix of promoting love jihad. Gaurav mentioned that he has registered an FIR against A Suitable Boy and Netflix. In addition to this, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra told, "I have instructed authorities to check what legal action can be taken against these scenes on the Netflix OTT platform and the producer-director of the series".

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After the scene from A Suitable Boy went viral on social media and netizens called for a boycott, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Gaurav Goel, without naming the show, tweeted, "If any OTT platform is delibrately insulting the Hindu Gods & Goddess, pls file the complaint with the police or local court under Section 295A of IPC. The law will take care of such offenders."

Boycott Netflix became an instant trend after Twitter users left no stone unturned to slam A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy released on Netflix on October 23. The 6 episodes show stars Ishaan Khatter, Tabu, Tanya and Rasika Dugal in important roles. Based on Vikram Seth's novel, the series is set in a newly independent India (1951). It is about a few families and their efforts to arrange the marriage of their daughter to a suitable boy.

(Source: Twitter)