Paatal Lok is the latest show on Amazon Prime Video that has taken over the internet by storm. Many have called it a perfect successor to Netflix's Sacred Games. Actor and producer Anushka Sharma has produced the show. The actress previously revealed that she is overwhelmed by the success of Paatal Lok and it makes her immensely happy. However not everyone is pleased with the show's representation of certain communities.
Viren Sri Gurung from the Lawyers Guild has sent Anushka Sharma a legal notice over a perceived casteist slur in Paatal lok. He has said that he will also take up the issue to Amazon Prime Video itself. He has argued that the slur is a direct insult to the highly respected Gorkha community in india. He added saying, "There is a clip wherein during an interrogation a lady police officer uses a casteist slur on a Nepali character. There wouldn’t have been any problem had only ‘Nepali’ been used. But the word that follows it is unacceptable. Since Anushka Sharma is one of the producers of the show, we have served her a notice." Gurung said that he has yet to receive a response from the show's producers.
The Gorkha community has demanded that the scene is blurred out or muted entirely in that particular episode. The community has found the slur a deeply offensive sexual misrepresentation.
Namrata Sharma the social welfare secretary of the BhaGoYup said, "Nepali is one of the 22 scheduled languages and there are 10.5 million people in India who speak Nepali as the common tongue. The Gorkha community is the largest Nepali speaking community and this is a direct insult to the community." The Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh also said. "We strongly condemn it in the toughest terms and seek immediate removal of the scene's subtitles and mute the slur."