Kunal Nayyar’s Big Bang theory character attracts legal troubles for Netflix

OTT platform Netflix has found itself in the midst of a controversy after a man in India filed a lawsuit against the platform over an episode in American sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory'.  

Political analyst Mithun Vijay Kumar wants the streaming giant to remove the first episode of season 2 where Kunal Nayyar's character Raj Koothrapalli and Jim Parsons's character Sheldon Cooper compare Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit.

In the scene in question, Sheldon Cooper calls Aishwarya Rai a poor man's Madhuri Dixit. In response to his comment, Raj Koothrapalli replies, "Aishwarya Rai is a goddess; by comparison, Madhuri Dixit is a leprous prostitute". 

Kumar said the character's comments are both disrespectful and defamatory. He has asked Netflix to remove the episode or face legal action for promoting discrimination against women. The notice has been sent to the Netflix office in Mumbai, as per the news agency.

The Big Bang Theory', which was created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, debuted in 2007 and ended its 12-season run in 2019.