On Saturday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and broke his silence over the complaints, which sought the removal of certain scenes from Sacred Games on the grounds of insulting and tarnishing the image of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said that he believes in freedom of expression. 

Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar called out Rahul's hypocrisy and double standards as the Congress president had failed to help him during protests over his film Indu Sarkar in 2017. Bhandarkar tweeted a video of alleged Congress workers staging protests and threatening him ahead of the release of his film, which was based on the Emergency. Bhandarkar added that he had sought Rahul’s support but the Congress president had ignored his plea. 

Earlier, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday demanding to censor Netflix’s Sacred Games, claiming that its content was derogatory and insulting to Rajiv Gandhi. In Bengal too, a complaint was filed by a Congress activist against actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Netflix and the makers of Sacred Games.

The series is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane and is based on author Vikram Chandra’s novel by the same name. 

While the director of the series rooted for Rahul, many are mocking him for his tweet.