India bans Netflix movie ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

15th Sep, 2020. 05:35 pm
India bans Netflix movie 'Bad Boy Billion Years'

Although the streaming website ‘Netflix’ is currently facing worldwide criticism over the French bold film ‘Quetz’, now a documentary film ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ has also been banned from a release by an Indian court.

The streaming website also filed a petition after an Indian court barred its investigative documentary ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ from being screened.

According to the details, Netflix, in a petition filed in a court in the Indian state of Bihar, called the ban on the screening of the documentary a ban on “freedom of expression”.

Streaming website filed the petition after the Bihar High Court ordered Netflix to suspend the screening of its documentary.

Netflix had planned to release the documentary “Bad Boy Billionaires” by the end of this month, but the court has now barred it from screening the film.

“Bad Boy Billion Years” shows the lives, businesses and luxuries of four Indian tycoons who became billionaires through corruption and fraud.

The Movie is based on the life, business, corruption and luxury of Subrata Roy, head of Sahara Group, former Rajya Sabha member and liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, IT company executive Rama Linga Raju and diamond and gold trader Nirav Modi.

The documentary was due to be released by the end of this month, but Vijay Malia, had filed a petition in the Bihar High Court against the documentary.

Both billionaires had argued in the petition that their rights were violated by exposing their personal lives in a Netflix documentary.

At the request of the two billionaires, the Bihar High Court temporarily suspended the release of ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’, after which Netflix filed a petition in the court, saying the court’s decision restricted freedom of expression. ۔

Netflix argues that “Bad Boy Billionaires” is an investigative documentary that deals with issues of public interest.

According to Netflix, billions of rupees of organized corruption and fraud in India have been exposed to the public through ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’.

It is expected that a hearing on Netflix’s application will be held in Bihar in the next few days.

At the same time, it is expected that the other two billionaires featured in ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’ will also file a petition in court against the documentary to stop the screening of the film.

This is not the first time that a Netflix film has been sued in India. Police have also filed lawsuits against Netflix.

Netflix has been criticized around the world for airing bold, violent and exploitative films and documentaries.

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