The High Court on Tuesday declined interim stay on broadcasting of Vir Das’s Netflix show ‘Hasmukh’. The hearing took place on an account of a plea filed, claiming that show was defaming the advocates. The Delhi High Court noted that any such judgment would restrict the freedom of speech and expression offered as a part of the Indian Constitution.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva described the series as a “dark satirical comedy attempting to expose the ills of various professions”.
High court further added “Stand-up comedians perform the exact objective. In their picture they use satire and overemphasize the negative side to an extent that it becomes a mockery. In the humorous showcase of the negative side of the society the stand-up comedians use satire.”
Netflix argues the show’s subject clears how the idea is not to defame any profession in particular, but to “spin a dark satirical comedy about the dark side in different walks of life and its effect on society”.
Comedian turned actor Vir Das thanked the Delhi High Court. He applauded its judgment on Hasmukh by sharing a statement on his official Twitter account.
A statement of thanks to the High Court. For this judgement. For my art-form. pic.twitter.com/jXy6TVYpmW
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) May 6, 2020
However, the main petition asking an everlasting ban on the show is in the schedule for July.
Hasmukh features Das in the lead, portraying the role of a young man from Saharanpur. His character is a comedian by profession but is also a serial killer. The series has been available on Netflix from April 17. Hasmukh also features Ranvir Shorey, Ravi Kishan, Manoj Pahwa and others in prominent roles.