Following complaints of inflammatory content of a Hindi play, the Broadcast Content Complaints Council (BCCC) served a notice to Zindagi channel. It has also summoned its executives for a hearing on May 22.
On their part, a Zee official said they had not received the notice so far.
The Hindi serial, ‘Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam’ on Zee’s Zindagi channel has inflammatory content and promoted Pakistan’s narrative of the Partition. Ministry officials said it has not taken any action on the channel so far, but has given the complaint to the BCCC, headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal, in view of its “sensitivity”.
The BCCC, on its part, has asked the Zindagi channel to respond to the complaints or alter the content or stop telecasting. The play is a love story in the backdrop of Partition. The play is based on author Razia Butt’s book ‘Bano’. The serial stars Pakistani actors Fawwad Khan and Sanam Baloch as Bano. The criticism was that the serial paints Indians as villains.
Viewers complain that Sikhs and Hindus were shown as executing atrocities on gullible Muslims, while some others didn’t seem to be offended at all.
A few episodes highlighted IMA and MA Jinnah as heroes fighting Congress for its bias against Muslims. The serial also shows a Muslim girl abducted by a Sikh. She is repeatedly raped and forced to convert to Hinduism.
The play has finished showing its play in April. Describing it as a “timeless” love story, a Zindagi channel executive said the response was very encouraging. The play could be set against the backdrop of any country the unfortunate reality of partition. The show was telecast as ‘Dastan’ in Pakistan and we have made altered it to suit Indian audience,” he said.
Though the serial has been edited heavily keeping Indian sentiments in mind but the theme itself was provocative, a source said.