The team of Tandav has apologised for hurting the religious sentiments.
Official statement from the Cast & Crew of Tandav:
We have been closely monitoring viewer reactions to the web series ‘Tandav’ and today during a discussion, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting have informed us regarding a large number of grievances and petitions received on various facets of the web series with serious concerns and apprehensions regarding its content hurting the sentiments of the people.
The web series ‘Tandav’ is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental. The cast and crew did not have any intention to offend the sentiments of any individual, caste, community, race, religion or religious beliefs or insult or outrage any institution, political party or person, living or dead. The cast and crew of ‘Tandav’ take cognizance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments.
Madhya Pradesh Minister Vishwas Kailash Sarang has written to Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, requesting to ban web series 'Tandav' which he said hurts religious sentiments of Hindus.— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2021
After the Yogi Adityanath government, it is now the saints of Ayodhya who are up in arms against the web series 'Tandav'. Mahant Paramhans Das of Tapasvi Chhavni has demanded a ban on the web series and action against the actors. "The web series insults Lord Ram and Lord Shiva. It insults Hindu religion. I want to ask Muslim clerics how they would have reacted had their religion been targeted. They issue fatwas at every occasion, why are they quiet now?" he asked.
’ताण्डव’ वेब सीरीज में धार्मिक व जातीय आदि भावना को आहत करने वाले कुछ दृश्यों को लेकर विरोध दर्ज किए जा रहे हैं, जिसके सम्बंध में जो भी आपत्तिजनक है उन्हें हटा दिया जाना उचित होगा ताकि देश में कहीं भी शान्ति, सौहार्द व आपसी भाईचारे का वातावरण खराब न हो।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) January 18, 2021
BJP leader Ram Kadam said on Monday that he will head to the offices of Amazon Prime Video and seek apology. "We will head to Amazon office and seek apology. All Hindus should stop buying from Amazon and delete the Prime Video app. Saif Ali Khan would have seen the script, why did he agree to be a part of the show? He should clarify his stand. They should remove the series and apologise to all Hindus," he said.
Saif Ali Khan's latest release Tandav, a political thriller web series, has stirred up a controversy for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
I&B Ministry sources have said that the ministry took serious notice of complaints against Tandav. The web series has faced charges of inflaming religious passions and some police complaints have also been filed. According to the complaints, Hindu deities have been denigrated in it. According to the sources, a proper response to all the allegations has been sought from Amazon Prime, failing which action would be taken against it.
An FIR has been registered in Lucknow against Tandav director Ali Abaas Zafar, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra and series writer Gaurav Solanki for allegedly insulting Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Aparna Purohit, who heads original content for Amazon India has also been named in the FIR along with others.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Sunday issued a notice to Amazon Prime over its series 'Tandav'. The move comes after several leaders protested against it with BJP MP Manoj Kotak writing to I&B minister Prakash Javadekar seeking a ban on the series for ridiculing Hindu deities.