This article on ‘Netflix served legal notice for use of Madhuri Dixit’s name in a derogatory manner‘ was written by Farhat Sultana, an intern at Legal Upanishad.
In this article, we will explore the details of the legal notice served to Netflix and the impact of the scene in question. We will also examine the argument of the political analyst who served the notice and highlights the importance of holding companies accountable for their actions in promoting responsible and ethical media content.
The entertainment industry is often under scrutiny for its portrayal of various individuals and groups. Recently, the streaming giant Netflix has come under fire for its use of Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit’s name in a derogatory manner in one of its shows. Video streaming platform Netflix has been served legal notice over the use of Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit’s name in a derogatory manner in an episode of the American sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ The notice has been sent by a political analyst, Mithun Vijay Kumar, who has claimed that the content is insensitive, promotes sexism and misogyny and perpetuates harmful stereotypes and discrimination against women.
The controversy revolves around a scene in the American sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ In the scene, two characters compare Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. One of the characters calls Aishwarya Rai a poor man’s Madhuri Dixit, to which the other character responds by calling Madhuri Dixit a leprous prostitute. These comments have been deemed derogatory and disrespectful by many, leading to a legal notice being served against Netflix.
Details of the legal notice served to Netflix
Mr Kumar has asked Netflix to remove the first episode of season 2 of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ or face legal action for promoting discrimination against women. The notice has been sent to the Netflix office in Mumbai. Mr Kumar is deeply concerned about the negative impact such content can have on society, particularly in perpetuating harmful stereotypes and discrimination against women.
The scene in question and its impact
In the scene, Sheldon Cooper calls Aishwarya Rai a poor man’s Madhuri Dixit. In response to his comment, Raj Koothrapalli replies, “Aishwarya Rai is a goddess, by comparison, Madhuri Dixit is a leprous prostitute.” Such derogatory remarks about women are not only disrespectful but also have a negative impact on society.
Madhuri Dixit’s Career and Achievements
Madhuri Dixit is a well-known Bollywood actor who has appeared in numerous successful films. She has won several awards for her performances, including six Filmfare Awards. In addition to her acting career, Dixit is also a trained Kathak dancer and has appeared as a judge on various dance reality shows. She is considered to be one of the most successful and influential actors in the Indian film industry.
The argument of the political analyst
Mr Kumar argues that the character’s comments are both disrespectful and defamatory. He believes that companies like Netflix should be held accountable for their actions and should be sensitive to the cultural values and sentiments of the communities they serve. The use of a derogatory term in reference to Madhuri Dixit is unacceptable and should not be promoted in any form.
Importance of holding companies accountable for their actions
It is important to hold companies like Netflix accountable for their actions and to ensure that they are sensitive to the cultural values and sentiments of the communities they serve. The media has a huge impact on society, and it is essential that it is used responsibly and ethically. The use of derogatory terms or comments about women is unacceptable and should not be promoted in any form.
The legal notice served to Netflix highlights the importance of being sensitive to cultural values and sentiments. It is crucial that media companies use their platform responsibly and ethically and do not promote harmful stereotypes and discrimination against women. The use of derogatory terms or comments about women is unacceptable, and companies like Netflix must be held accountable for their actions.
List of References:
- Legal notice sent to Netflix for The Big Bang Theory episode on Madhuri Dixit, Indian Express, 27 March 2023, available at: https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/web-series/legal-notice-sent-to-netflix-for-big-bang-theory-episode-on-madhuri-dixit-8522168/
- Netflix served legal notice for insulting Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit Nene on ‘The Big Bang Theory’, Gulf News, 28 March 2023, available at: https://gulfnews.com/entertainment/bollywood/netflix-served-legal-notice-for-insulting-bollywood-actress-madhuri-dixit-nene-on-the-big-bang-theory-1.94768733
- Sneha Biswas, Netflix gets legal notice for The Big Bang Theory’s ‘offensive and deeply hurtful’ line on Madhuri Dixit, Hindustan times, 27 March 2023, available at: https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/web-series/netflix-gets-legal-notice-over-the-big-bang-theory-s-madhuri-dixit-comment-101679918016661.html