Annapoorani controversy: Netflix removes the Nayanthara starrer... Here's what happened

(This article is authored by Alar)

The film ‘Annapoorani’, directed by Nilesh Krishna, a newcomer to the industry, and stars Nayanthara, Jai, Sathyaraj, and Reddin Kingsley in the lead roles. The film revolves around  Annapoorani, a Brahmin girl who struggles to sustain herself in her passionate cooking job as a chef, against her orthodox family.

The film was released in theatres on December 1, 2023, and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. The film also faced backlash from some sections of the Hindu community, who accused the film of hurting their religious sentiments and promoting love jihad.

One of the most vocal critics of the film was Ramesh Solanki, a former Shiv Sena leader from Mumbai, who filed a complaint against the film at the Mumbai police station. He alleged that the film ‘Annapoorani’ was offensive to Hinduism and supported love jihad and he demanded that the film be banned and the makers be arrested. Moreover, an FIR was also filed against the movie makers in Madhya Pradesh. 

Meanwhile, the film was also released on the Netflix OTT platform on December 29, 2023, where it faced more criticism and condemnation, displeasure and anger over the film, and urged Netflix to remove it from their platform. In response to the mounting pressure and negative feedback, Netflix decided to take down the film from their platform on January 10, 2024. The film was no longer available for streaming on Netflix India.

However, this was not the end of the film’s journey. The film team announced that they were working on editing the film and removing the controversial scenes that had offended the viewers. They also issued a statement, saying that they did not intend to hurt the Hindu religion or the Brahmin community, and apologized for the inconvenience caused. They also expressed their hope that the film would be re-released on the OTT platform soon, and that the audience would appreciate their efforts and intentions.