Disney+ Hotstar is facing anger after the release of its new series The Empire. Netizens even demand a boycott of the streaming giant on social media. Disney+ Hotstar has decided to not give any grievance complaints about the show.
Netizens think that the show glorifies Mughal Emperor Babur, who’s responsible for killing hundreds of Hindus. However, Hotstar rejected grievance complaints against the series.
People on Twitter also started trending, #UninstallHotstar, which has reportedly collected over 34K+ tweets. Produced by Nikkhil Advani, the show has an impressive star cast including Shabana Azmi, Dino Morea, Drashti Dhami, Kunal Kapoor, Aditya Seal, Sahher Bambba, Rahul Dev and others.
The story is based on Alex Rutherford’s “Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North”.
Reacting to the series, one Twitter user said, “Those invaders who destroyed and looted India, killed Hindus, converted them in the name of their intolerant Jihad are being glorified in 2021? Is this what we are doing? Shame on you producers, writers, actors, etc.” Another asked, “Hotstar rejects grievance complaints against their series on Babur, claims they are not glorifying the Islamic invader. I have uninstalled, Have you??”
Talking about his character, Kunal Kapoor previously said, “We have heard many stories about Babur and the Mughals, but very little about who they were, where they came from and how they came into India. In this fictional take, this is a character with a lot of complexities, and that is what intrigued me as an actor”.