Why is #UninstallHotstar trending on Twitter? Read here

By Jasleen Kaur -- August 27, 2021 6:54 pm -- Updated:August 27, 2021 7:04 pm

Online streaming platform Hotstar has landed into trouble. Since the release of the period drama ‘The Empire’ on Hotstar, #UninstallHotstar has been trending on Twitter and netizens are slamming the show for “glorifying” Mughals.

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The Empire trailer: Hotstar brings Bhansali-level scale to small screen 'in India's biggest show', watch | Web Series - Hindustan TimesBased on Alex Rutherford’s "Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North," 'The Empire' is a historical series showcasing the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire. The first three episodes focus on Babur, the first Mughal emperor.

The web series has been produced by Nikkhil Advani and star cast include Shabana Azmi, Dino Morea, Drashti Dhami, Kunal Kapoor, Aditya Seal, Sahher Bambba, Rahul Dev and others. The series first courted controversy when it’s trailer was dropped, as multiple complaints were registered to the grievance officer of OTT streaming app.

After the release of the web series, netizens started raising objections to ‘The Empire’, which portrays Mughal Emperor Babur as a glorifying Islamic invader. However, this complaint was rejected by the streaming platform, which has led to the ‘Uninstall Hotstar’ trend on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Netizens approached the grievance officer (under Guidelines for intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021), who rejected the complaint by denying the series had “glorified“ Mughal invader Babur.

सोशल मीडिया पर ट्रेंड हुआ #UninstallHotstar, जानिए क्या है इसके पीछे की वजह ! | #uninstall hotstar is trending on twitter know the reason behind

The grievance officer, while rejecting the complaint, had stated that the series doesn’t have any reference to the 2019 Supreme Court judgment, which paved the way for the construction of Ram Mandir in the disputed site at Ayodhya.

-PTC News with inputs from agencies

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