Netflix apologises after displaying UAE expat's mobile number in hit TV show

Sharjah-based Indian worker was bombarded with unwanted calls from Sacred Games fans
Fictional gangster Sulaiman Isa is one of the main characters in the hit Indian crime drama Sacred Games.
Fictional gangster Sulaiman Isa is one of the main characters in the hit Indian crime drama Sacred Games.


American video streaming service Netflix has apologised to an Indian expat living in Sharjah who was bombarded with unsolicited calls after his mobile phone number was displayed during one of the company’s popular fictional TV shows in India.

“I have been getting incessant calls on my phone for the last three days from India, Pakistan, Nepal, the UAE and around the world. I don’t know what is happening. Hearing my phone ring sends shivers down my spine. I want to cancel my number. I want this problem to go away,” Kunhabdulla CM, who is originally from Kerala, told Gulf News earlier this week.

The phone calls began after the Indian expat’s mobile number was displayed on screen on August 15 during a scene in Netflix’s hit Indian crime drama Sacred Games.

The phone number was displayed as that belonging to fictional gangster Sulaiman Isa, one of the main characters in the series. The scene spurred viewers to call the phone number, which connected them to the oil worker in Sharjah.

Netflix has since removed the number from the episode and apologised to the UAE-based expat.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused. As soon as we were alerted to the situation, we resolved the issue and removed the phone number from the subtitles,” Netflix said in a statement to Gulf News.

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