Released on January 1, 2020, Netflix's anthology Ghost Stories was one of the most talked-about projects on OTT. The supernatural anthology consisted of 4 short films directed by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, and Anurag Kashyap. It starred actors like Mrunal Thakur, Avinash Tiwary, Janhvi Kapoor, Surekha Sikri, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vijay Varma, Gulshan Devaiah and others. Now, nearly 1 and a half years later, a case has been filed against Anurag's short film.
According to a leading daily, Netflix's India department has received a complaint filed under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting's Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 which was formulated earlier this year. This is reportedly the first grievance to be registered under the rules. As per the daily's report, the case has been filed against a graphic scene picturised on Sobhita. The scene featured Sobhita as a pregnant woman who is seen eating the foetus after her miscarriage.
The complaint noted, "The scene is not required for the story, and if the creators wished to add such a scene, there should have been a trigger warning for women who have gone through the trauma of miscarriages."
As per the guidelines, complaints moved by users have to be registered within 24 hours and resolved at the earliest. According to the daily, the matter is currently pending with Netflix’s Grievance Redressal Officer (GRO). When the daily reached out to Netflix, the spokesperson said, "As this was a partner-managed production [RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment], we reached out to the production company to share the complaint."