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.
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:
The praising Mugals & their king Babar in the film highly ironic part!
The Mugals who invade Bharat with more cruelty than any other!
Who demolished uncounted temples, executed lakhs of Hindus who refuse to convert@ianuragthakur @DisneyPlusHS @MIB_India pic.twitter.com/v7oR2cyTqU
— TARANATH POOJARY (@taranathpoojary) August 27, 2021
— Vijayalakshmi (@Vijayal10164688) August 27, 2021
OTT platform Hotstar has rejected grievance complaints against its series ‘The Empire’ on Babur which dramatises the Mughal invader, claiming that it is based on an adaptation of a novel, Empire of the Moghul.
— Supanna (@Supanna1970) August 27, 2021
In The Emperor series an attempt has been made to show how good Babar &the Mughals
There is no mention of the atrocities carried out by Babur⁉️
In Babur’s Time Millions of Hindus were slaughtered‼️
Several temples were destroyed‼️#BanTheEmpireSeries@ianuragthakur @MIB_India pic.twitter.com/34ETmLWwhp
— 🚩Nagesh Dkn🇮🇳 (@Nagesh2023) August 27, 2021
In attack of the Hindu principality of Bajaur, records Babur: they were put to general massacre & their wives-children made captives. At a guess, more than 3,000 men went to their death… he ordered that a tower of heads should be set up on the rising ground. pic.twitter.com/eNkZTl3MXA
— Chetan Rajhans © (@1chetanrajhans) August 27, 2021
— Abhinay Malhotra 🇮🇳 (@AbhinayMalhotra) August 27, 2021
— Vishal Jadhav (@Vishal_j25) August 27, 2021
This topic is trending as 2nd most traded as per India Trends. Let’s keep up the effort to make it viral to take it to the most traded topic.@Ravalanath @1chetanrajhans @Mohan_HJS @HJSBangalore pic.twitter.com/wPFtdemwXA
— Sunil Ghanwat (@SG_HJS) August 27, 2021