A legal petition was filed in Delhi High Court to remove certain scenes from the Netflix web series Image: Twitter
While Anurag Kashyap's latest gangster web-series, Sacred Games, has been reeling under a legal petition for allegedly insulting Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister's son, Rahul Gandhi, has decided to open up about the whole issue.
Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress president Rahul said freedom of expression is a fundamental democratic right and no show can tarnish the image of his father, who "lived and died in the service of the nation".
"BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right. My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that. #SacredGames," he posted on Twitter.
Last week, West Bengal Congress leader Rajiv Sinha filed a complaint against Netflix and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, alleging that the Gangs of Wasseypur actor as Ganesh Gaitonde insulted the late politician. He also accused the makers of the show of misrepresenting facts.
But the Gandhi scion's remark favouring the show has elated its makers.
Anurag, who co-directed the show with Vikramaditya Motwane, wrote: "That's a yay..."
Swara Bhasker, who is known to openly expresses her opinion on socio-political issues, wrote, "It is impressive that a mainstream politician like Rahul Gandhi is taking this clear and progressive stand on freedom of expression and censorship. Also, it's gracious and mature that he is able to set aside the personal for the larger goal of democratic rights. Credit where due."
Even photographer-producer Atul Kasbekar praised Gandhi junior.
Author and screenwriter Kanika Dhillon also lauded the remark.