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ZEE5 Faces Severe Backlash For Their Latest Original Series ‘Abhay 2’; Issues Apology

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Popular streaming giant Zee5, the digital app of Zee Entertainment Enterprises, released their latest crime-thriller original series Abhay 2 starring Kunal Kemmu, Ram Kapoor, Nidhi Singh, Chunky Pandey, Asha Negi, Raghav Juyal and Indraneil Sengupta on August 14. The second installment to the psychological thriller Abhay is being helmed by Ken Ghosh and bankrolled by Akshay Singh, BP Singh, and Dr. Renu BP Singh under the Fiction Factory Productions and Firefly Productions banner for Zee.

On Sunday, August 16, the makers were slammed severely by Twitterati for their wrong depiction of youngest Martyr Shaheed Khudiram Bose who was a crucial part of India’s independence movement. In the second episode of the show, the freedom fighter’s photo has been pinned to a board of fugitive criminals along with the portrait sketches of several others. Netizens who took notice of this criticised the makers for their irreverence demanding an apology from the digital platform. They also trended the hashtag #BoycottZee5 on Twitter.

The platform was quick to respond to the flak, and put out an apology for hurting the sentiments of audiences. Further, ZEE5 also said that they have blurred out the image of the martyr in the second episode.

But netizens have not been happy with the decision. They demanded that the scene is either removed from the episode or reshot and telecast. They were also unhappy with the usage of the word ‘community’.

A few months back, Zee5 had landed in trouble for their Tamil series Godman which spoke of the journey of a fake godman. Audiences branded it Hinduphobic owing to the depiction of sex and sleaze and slander against the Brahmin community in the trailer.

Read: Controversy Rages On Over Zee5’s Now-Cancelled ‘Godman’ Series; Here’s The Entire Story

Abhay 2 is an eight-episode series, and revolves around Kunal Kemmu’s character, Abhay, an investigative officer, who has the knack for solving crimes while thinking like the perpetrator. Inspired by true events, he is up against tougher criminals in this investigative crime thriller sequel.

Watch the trailer of Abhay 2 here.

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