The Indian Air Force has serious reservations about Anil Kapoor’s upcoming film AK vs AK and has asked Netflix to withdraw scenes from the film in which Kapoor is wearing a military uniform and using offensive language.
The film, a mockumentary featuring Anil Kapoor playing an actor depicting an officer and director Anurag Kashyap, is scheduled to be released on Netflix later this month.
Kapoor tweeted a trailer for the film in which he appears bedraggled in a uniform and swears at Kashyap.
In response to the trailer, the official Twitter account of the Indian Air Force (IAF) said: “The IAF uniform in this video is inaccurately donned and the language used is inappropriate. This does not conform to the behavioural norms of those in the Armed Forces of India. The related scenes need to be withdrawn.”
Later, in separate tweets, both Kapoor and Netflix India said the film did not intend to disrespect the Indian Air Force.
“It has come to my attention that the trailer of my new film AK vs AK has offended some people. As I am wearing the Indian Air Force Uniform while using unparliamentary language, I would like to sincerely offer my humble apologies for unintentionally hurting sentiments,” Kapoor said in a video message on his Twitter account.
AK vs AK is scheduled to release on Netflix on December 24. The film’s official synopsis reads: “A brash film director (Kashyap, as himself) kidnaps the daughter of a movie star (Kapoor, as himself) and films the star’s desperate search for his daughter in real-time as his next blockbuster.”
Netflix has faced at least two legal challenges in recent months in India for a Bollywood film depicting a female Air Force officer and a series on four Indian tycoons facing fraud allegations.
Separately, last month, the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh asked police to launch an investigation after complaints over a scene in the Netflix series A Suitable Boy, in which a Hindu girl kisses a Muslim boy against the backdrop of a Hindu temple.
In November, the Indian government announced rules to regulate content on video streaming platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Walt Disney’s Disney + Hotstar.