DG ISPR Is Unamused With Upcoming Netflix Series On Indian Spies
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to share the trailer of an upcoming Indian series on Netflix, Bard of Blood. In a tweet shared a couple of days back, he described it as a ‘thrilling tale of espionage, vengeance, love and duty’.
The trailer of our first @netflix series #BardOfBlood is here. A thrilling tale of espionage, vengeance, love and duty. Hope u enjoy it…@NetflixIndia @RedChilliesEnt @emraanhashmi @_GauravVerma @BilalS158 @ribhudasgupta pic.twitter.com/aftLjq3BA1
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 22, 2019
The series will include Emraan Hashmi in the lead role, who will play a RAW agent who puts together a team to save four Indian spies captured in Balochistan.
After the trailer was released, Pakistani social media users criticised the show and Shah Rukh Khan for being problematic considering the current tensions between the two South Asian archrivals.
One of the critics was the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, Asif Ghafoor, who asked the king of Bollywood to consider the reality whereby Indian spy Kulbushan Yadav was captured.
He asked the actor to promote peace and humanity and speak against the atrocities in Indian-occupied Kashmir and the Hindutva ideology prevalent in India.
Stay in bollywood syndrome @iamsrk . For reality see RAW Spy Kulbhushan Jadev, Wing Comd Abhinandan & state of 27 Feb 2019.
You could rather promote peace & humanity by speaking against atrocities in IOJ&K and against Hindituva of Nazism obsessed RSS. https://t.co/0FWqoRQsO6
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) August 23, 2019
Meanwhile, Pakistani Twitterati were highly critical of the movie. Recently, the Indian show Sacred Games was also slammed for its anti-Pakistani plotline.
A Twitter user compared Indian expectations of their armed forces and the actual reality wherein Indian pilot Abhinandan was captured.
Expectations vs reality ?
— Danish Raza (@lahore_dani007) August 23, 2019
Journalist Fareeha Idrees also joined the conversation and expressed her disappointment in the Bollywood star and attacked the upcoming series for falling victim to jingoistic propaganda.
Extremely disappointed to see another Bollywood star like @iamsrk falling to the level of jingoistic,one sided,short sighted, almost selfish propaganda to probably "fit in" the Hindu supremacist environment amd to poorly prove their loyalty.True stars are sensitive not selfish
Another one called Shah Rukh Khan a money loving puppet who was working to please Hindu fascists.
You can be a Khan of Khans like Imran Khan stands fearlessly to speak the truth or a fame-money loving puppet like Shah Rukh Khan working to please Hindu fascists. I will make sure nobody in my circle watches his movies anymore. He made all the Khans ashamed!
— Fahim Fateyan (@IbnSamani) August 23, 2019
Portraying a negative image of Muslims is frequent in Bollywood and this was also among the criticisms.
Representing Muslims in a bad light again? Coming from SRK aswell how shameful
— bby? (@dxnniibby) August 22, 2019
The series also received criticism from Indian users. A user criticised the show for being ill-timed. Considering the current tensions between India and Pakistan, her opinion does hold weight.
If this is a religious spun show, please take note its ill timed! Right now to the world, with 7 + million in isolation, the world is watching yours truly as the bad guys!
— Meghna (@meghna88888) August 22, 2019
On a more serious note, one Pakistani user was of the view that India should rather make a show on Pehlu Khan. Pehlu Khan was a farmer in Haryana, who was lynched in 2017 by cow vigilantes.
Pehlu Khan per bhi film banao kabhi. Ya sari zindagi fantasies baich ker mauj kro ge. Koi conscience bhi hai tumhara?
— Alp RAK (@RazaAliKhan_) August 22, 2019