Filmmakers with political scripts have been given two options: change the name of the country or make something else.
And as for religion, you can’t show any pictures of Gods or Goddesses in any frame lest someone objects to the unacceptable placing of a photo of a deity or even the exclamation, ‘Oh God’ could be damaging to a series, as you can’t take God’s name in vain.
“You can’t even make a mythological which at one time was considered the safest genre. Now anyone can get up and raise an objection to anything to do with religion. So sorry, no mythological, no Ramayan no Mahabharat, no Bible or Quran either. The role model for a safe series on the Indian digital platform is Disney products. Loads of children, harmless fun, and adventure. Even here when you have children in a series you have to make sure they behave as per the rules of decency,” says one major filmmaker who has been asked to clean up his forthcoming series.
And he concludes sarcastically, says, “You can’t show them attending rave parties or using bad language because as we all know, children don’t do these things.”
Operation Clean-up has started in right earnest on all the major streaming platforms with all references to religion, politics, and real-life characters wiped out.