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Is Netflix’s Upcoming Series Leila Hinduphobic? Twitterati Think So!

Published on 9 March, 2019 at 4:42 pm By

Ever since the launch of its India operations in 2016, it has been all guns blazing for Netflix India. And one of the most critical aspects of its strategy since has been to focus on original content. The latest addition to their list of original content is the upcoming series, Leila. Based on a book by Prayaag Akbar, the series features Huma Qureshi in the lead role. The direction for the series comes from a talented bunch including Deepa Mehta, Pawan Kumar, and Shanker Raman.


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The series is all set to have a global release across countries on June 14, 2019. As expected, it is already creating a lot of buzz across social media platforms.

 

 

Before we proceed to access the social media response, let’s talk about the content a little more. The novel is a dystopian fiction, set in the future where purity is of utmost importance. People live in gated communities divided by the caste system, religion, and income. The protagonist, Shalini left alone after her husband’s death, is in search of her daughter Leila whom she lost two years back.

 

 


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Considering Netflix’s past record, the expectations of the show are naturally high. There are, however, some extremely strong reactions to the content, with some calling it Hinduphobic. And, some others ripping at the makers for similarity with the Handmaid’s Tale from the US. Check out the reactions to Leila below:

 

 

Here’s hoping Leila doesn’t turn out to be a desi Handmaid’s Tale

 

 

Ban Netflix for being anti-Hindu

 



 

Seriously thinking of unsubscribing Netflix

 

 

This better not be a rip-off of Handmaid’s Tale

 

 

This is Hindu-phobic content

 

 

There are, however, a few Netflix fans who cannot wait for the series to launch.

 

 

Can’t wait, Netflix!

 

 


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The series also features actors Siddharth, Sanjay Suri, Rahul Khanna, and Arif Zakaria. Guess we all will have to wait for the release to find out what the series is really made of. What are your views on Leila, will you watch it or skip it? Let us know.

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