Ekta Kapoor, who has long held the reigns of the Indian television industry, has been facing flak for several scenes of her web series- XXX 2. Showcased on ALT Balaji, an OTT platform, XXX 2 has several scenes that are based on the lives of army personnel and portray the wives of those in the armed forces in a “lewd manner.” The way Ekta Kapoor's Triple X painted a picture of the wives of army personnel cheating on their respective husbands, did not sit well with the audience, as well as the All India Cine Workers' Association (AICWA), an organisation looking after the interests of members working in the film industry.
Alleging Ekta Kapoor of "degrade(ing) the dignity of the Army uniform and their families", the AICWA voiced their opinions through a strongly-worded press release on 10 June. The AICWA has written two letters to further assert their dissatisfaction with the web series- one to the Mumbai Police, requesting them to file an FIR against Ekta Kapoor as well as ALT Balaji Production, and another to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, asking for a censor board to be established specifically to "control the content, scene and vulgarity on OTT platforms. "
While this is not the first FIR that has been lodged against Ekta Kapoor, because of the explicit or alleged derogatory nature of Triple X, with prior FIRs being lodged in Indore and Gurugram police stations, this is the first time there has been a call for an official censor board for OTT platforms. OTT platforms have long enjoyed the lack of censorship, allowing producers and filmmakers to dabble in art forms that were otherwise alien to the Indian audience on the big screen. The aftermath of AICWA's call-to-action is yet to be known.
In response to such allegations and complaints, Ekta Kapoor defended the organisation and herself by emphasising their respect for the Indian Army. She also went on to deliver an apology on 7 June, to those whose sentiments were hurt by the scene in contention, which stands deleted from the show. However, Ekta Kapoor made it a point to call out trolls who have been harassing her via cyber-bullying and rape threats.
Deleting the scene didn't seem adequate to AICWA's members, who've demanded the entire episode to be deleted from the web series. The AICWA, that works for the integration of artists in the entertainment industry, called such series as "pornographic adaptations" that allegedly act as a "threat for a healthy society". Ekta Kapoor is yet to respond to these allegations and the aforementioned press release.