The period drama 'Maharaj' has been called for a ban by a section of social media users a day before its premiere on Netflix, which marks the debut of Bollywood star Aamir Khan's son Junaid Khan. Ahead of debut of Aamir Khan's son Junaid Hashtags 'Boycott Netflix', 'Ban Maharaj Film and 'Aamir Khan' started trending on X on Thursday morning and well into the afternoon ahead of the film's premiere on June 14.

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'Maharaj' Being set in pre-independent India and based on the Maharaj Libel Case of 1862, which was ignited by 'allegations of misconduct by a prominent figure' According to the makers, Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Aditya Chopra under YRF Entertainment, the movie also stars Jaideep Ahlawat. The movie is releasing on the streamer without any promotion which is quite an unusual move.  The makers of the film have not released any teaser or trailers,barring a poster featuring Jaideep and Junaid.

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On the contrary Ahlawat's character sporting a 'tilak' on his forehead they are standing side by side with Ahlawat's character while Junaid's character, reportedly a journalist, is dressed in a waistcoat. VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi was one of the many X users who called for a ban on 'Maharaj'.'Won't tolerate the disrespect of Sanatan Dharma . Ban Maharaj Film. #BoycottNetflix,' Prachi wrote on the microblogging site.

According to a press release issued by Netflix last month, 'Maharaj' follows Karsandas Mulji, a journalist and social reformer, who was a pioneering advocate for women's rights and social reform. A student at Elphinstone College in Mumbai and a protege of the scholar-leader Dadabhai Naoroji, Mulji wrote on widow remarriage, stood up for the oppressed, and sowed the seeds of reform in society.

"It all came to a head in the Maharaj Libel Case of 1862, which was ignited by allegations of misconduct by a prominent figure, the case garnered widespread attention and scrutiny, setting the stage for what many consider to be one of the most significant legal battles of all time," the streamer said.Until when 'Hindu saints' will continue to be insulted in films, asked another X user.

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Another alleged that Aamir was launching his son in a 'Hindumisic movie creating a false image of Sadhus and the Vallabh Sampradaya, by quoting an incident during the British regime. Such content could alienate the Hindu youth from Sanatan Dharma, he said using '#BoycottNetflix' and asked people to demand a ban on 'Maharaj'. One of the X users said there were double standards when it comes to movies on Hinduism and Islam.

'Since the film is 'Maharaj'... it's on your gods and goddesses and religion, you are calling for a boycott. When it's about the other community, there is an attempt to sell as much hate as possible through films, the user 'said, referring to movies such as 72 Hoorain and 'Hamare Barah'. The Supreme Court recently stayed the release of Hamare Baarah amid allegations of derogatory content. The boycott calls for 'Maharaj' echo past controversies involving Aamir Khan, recalling the uproar over his comments on growing intolerance in India in 2015. 'Maharaj' also features Shalini Pandey and Sharvari in special appearances, part of a creative partnership between Netflix and YRF Entertainment.