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Friday, April 16, 2021

Netflix’s Bad Boy Billionaires denied release by SC: Filtering entertainment much?

Netflix’s Bad Boy Billionaires: India, was supposed to be out today, however, it is not anymore. It shows the crimes and scams by the likes of Kingfisher’s Vijay Mallya, Sahara’s Subrata Roy, jeweller Nirav Modi, and Satyam’s Ramalinga Raju.

And now, as it turns out, the Supreme Court has stayed the release of the Netflix series after all. This happened post a petition has been filed by Ramalinga Raju, a convict in the Satyam scam and three others. The series has been created as an attempt to show details of the crimes that they have committed in the lieu of financial frauds.

What happened is that Raju cited this as a case of invasion of privacy and hence, sought the order for a stay on the series. However, what this does is raise two important questions now. Is this going to cause a Streisand effect? And while that will eventually come to effect, are we now filtering entertainment in the name of anything close to what is true?

And it is not just us who is saying it. Twitter is not very happy about the decision on Netflix’s Bad Boy Billionaires: India either:


Netflix’s Bad Boy Billionaires: India has fallen into trouble, but for rather wrong reasons. This decision from the SC is also alarming because it also narrows the possibilities of investigating documentaries. While we do not have a board that approves content online, it was in a way, the saving grace for what we see on OTT.

However, with the constant restraints, petitions, and other prevalent issues, it only seems to be what could deteriorate the quality content online. There have been many instances when people have found their way to watch what they want to know. And so, with Netflix’s Bad Boy Billionaires: India, the case is likely to be no different.

Now, the OTT platform will have to head to Patna HC in order to get approval for telecast.

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