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Why #UninstallHotstar and #BanTheEmpireSeries are trending on Twitter 

Published: 28th Aug 2021 1:43 pm

After Disney+Hotstar released the TV show ‘The Empire’ on Friday, the streaming platform landed itself in trouble with the audience. The show is an Indian historical fiction series created by Nikkhil Advani and directed by Mitakshara Kumar based on the novel series ‘Empire of the Moghul’ by Alex Rutherford.

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The series depicts the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire starting from Babur. The story begins from Farghana where young prince Babur is made the king at a young age and he begins his campaign for the conquest of North India through hardships, betrayals and struggles amongst his court members.

The cast includes Dino Morea, Kunal Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Drashti Dhami, among others. What landed the show in a soup is its “glorification” of the Mughal invader Babur. Twitterati began uninstalling the app and shared it on social media. Soon, the hashtags, #UninstallHotstar and #BanTheEmpireSeries started trending on Twitter.

“Interestingly, in the entire trailer, there is no mention of the atrocities carried out by Babur, especially the persecution of Hindus in their own land, which could have been included to raise curiosity #BanTheEmpireSeries(sic),” tweeted a user. Apparently, the OTT platform has rejected grievance complaints against the series.

Here are some more tweets from angry netizens:

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