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    During his visit to India last year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings noted that the platform was going to invest $428 million to accelerate the production of original series from India, highlighting that locally made shows were enjoyed by viewers around the world. Recently, several Indian Netflix originals landed on the platform.

    Netflix has received a strongly worded written objection from the Indian Air Force (IAF) over an upcoming Indian film titled “AK vs AK”, calling out the movie's trailer for not only inaccurately showing their uniform, but also for associating foul language with IAF officers. 

    The film, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, is set to be released on the platform on 24 December and features Bollywood star Anil Kapoor and movie director Anurag Kashyap in the main roles. The recently released trailer showed Kapoor conversing with Kashyap using Hindi abuses while wearing an IAF uniform.

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    In a Twitter post, the IAF demanded that Netflix withdraw the “related scenes” showing an IAF officer swearing and wearing a uniform wrongly.

    ​The post by the IAF has divided netizens: while some said it was wrong for a global platform to misrepresent India’s Air Force, others expressed support for “creative liberty”.

    Netflix has yet to respond to the IAF statement.

    In recent years, several India-made films and shows for over-the-top (OTT) platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime have been accused of exploiting creative liberty and displaying explicit scenes with foul language. 

    After almost a year of discussion, last month, the Indian government stripped these OTT platforms of their privilege of not being censored. 

    In November, the Indian government issued an order to task the federal Information and Broadcasting Ministry with regulating OTT platforms.

    ​The news did not go well, with netizens supporting “relatable content” derived from the “every day lives” of “common people”.

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