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Air Force objects to Netflix comedy AK vs AK over profanity, ‘incorrectly donned’ uniform

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday demanded that Netflix withdraws scenes where Anil Kapoor is wearing an ‘incorrectly donned’ costume resembling an Air Force uniform in the upcoming film AK vs AK. “This does not conform to the behavioural norms of those in the Armed Forces of India. The related scenes need to be withdrawn,” the Air Force said on Twitter. This isn’t the first time the Air Force has come after over-the-top (OTT) platforms, and not even its first tiff with Netflix.

Earlier this year, the Air Force objected to the film Gunjan Saxena’s portrayal of workplace sexism in the organisation. In reaction, a disclaimer was added to the film saying it didn’t claim to represent reality (though it was, in fact, based on a real fighter pilot who participated in the film’s marketing). The IAF also held up the release of the film Soorarai Pottru, which featured scenes in Air Force facilities, and only granted a No-Objection Certificate to the film after the makers agreed to add a watermark to these scenes saying “This scene does not represent the policy of the Indian Air Force”.

Netflix responded with an apology to the Air Force, but did not indicate that it would make any changes to the film.

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Update (10:30am December 10): Updated with Netflix’s statement.

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