Netflix backs Indian show after sexual misconduct probe

Updated 24 Oct 2018

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Netflix Inc said it would stick with the team behind Indian hit show Sacred Games for a second season after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against two individuals involved with the show. — AFP/File Photo
Netflix Inc said it would stick with the team behind Indian hit show Sacred Games for a second season after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against two individuals involved with the show. — AFP/File Photo

NETFLIX Inc said it would stick with the team behind Indian hit show Sacred Games for a second season after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against two individuals involved with the show.

In a statement emailed to Reuters, Netflix said it would continue to work with the show’s lead writer Varun Grover, one of two men called out in a wave of #MeToo allegations in India in recent weeks.

It said it would continue to work with directors Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, whose production house Phantom Films was behind the Mumbai-set thriller and who have not been mentioned in the allegations.

Netflix announced a second season of Sacred Games in September, but ran into trouble earlier this month when Phantom Films disbanded in a cloud of allegations against one of its partners, Vikas Bahl, and Grover.

Both men have denied the allegations.

Bahl was not listed as a producer on the first season.

Netflix gave no details of the outcome of the investigation.

The streaming giant launched in India two years ago.

It has a library of local content comparable to rivals and scored a big hit in July with the release of Sacred Games, a hard-boiled thriller built around Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan.

Published in Dawn, October 24th, 2018

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