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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 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.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Twitterati were highly critical of the movie. Recently, the Indian show Sacred Games was also slammed for its anti-Pakistani plotline.

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A Twitter user compared Indian expectations of their armed forces and the actual reality wherein Indian pilot Abhinandan was captured.

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.

Another one called Shah Rukh Khan a money loving puppet who was working to please Hindu fascists.

Portraying a negative image of Muslims is frequent in Bollywood and this was also among the criticisms.

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.

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.

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