Supreme Court issues another notice to 'Mirzapur's makers
The legal problems for the makers of Mirzapur do not seem to be ending, as the Supreme Court on Friday issued another notice to them. The top court took cognizance of a petition filed by Supreme Court advocate and a native of Mirzapur city, Rudra Vikram Singh. The notice seeks a response for allegedly portraying the city in poor light. Here are more details.
In his plea, Singh has alleged that the Mirzapur district has been portrayed as an area of "goons and mafias." The petitioner further added that such depiction of the people of Mirzapur in the said series has adversely affected their professional and social life. The court has scheduled further hearing in the matter on March 8.
This was not the first time that the makers were served a legal notice. Earlier, an FIR was filed against Mirzapur's producers Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, and the streaming company Amazon Prime Video. Recently, the Allahabad High Court granted relief and stayed their arrest. Lawyers representing the producers had argued that the show was not made with any malicious intention.
The show, which has been renewed for a third season, tells the story of Kaleen Bhaiya, the proverbial ruler of the district of Mirzapur and the enmities he has harbored along the way. The popular show stars actors Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Vijay Varma, and Harshita Gaur, among others. Its maiden season was released in 2018.
Apart from Mirzapur, another Amazon Prime Video original - Tandav - is also facing the music. A number of police cases have been filed against the cast and the creators of the show for allegedly insulting Hindu deities and hurting "religious sentiments." Recently, a Supreme Court bench hearing the case refused to grant them interim protection from arrest.
Meanwhile, the much-awaited Prime Video show The Family Man which was gearing for the premiere of its second season on February 12, has now been pushed till summer, its creators announced yesterday, confirming reports of its postponement.