Tandav Controversy Live Updates: The makers of the Amazon Prime Video’s new web series Tandav, have released their official statement in which they have unconditionally apologised for unintentionally hurting the religious sentiments.
The came under fire for allegedly depicting Hindu gods in a negative light. An FIR has been lodged against series director Ali Abbas Zafar and writer Gaurav Solanki at Lucknow’s Hazratganj police station late on Sunday night. Earlier, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had summoned Amazon Prime Video officials in India in connection with the controversy around the web series. Multiple Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have alleged that the Saif Ali Khan-starrer web series hurts Hindu religious sentiments. BJP leader Ram Kadam on Sunday said that he has filed a complaint at Mumbai’s Ghatkopar Police Station against the series. On Monday he said he will be going to the offices of Amazon Prime Video and seek an apology as part of ‘Joote Maro’ movement. BJP MP Manoj Kotak has written to I&B minister Prakash Javadekar seeking a ban on the series for ridiculing Hindu deities.
Those named in the FIR in Lucknow have been booked for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, makes destruction, damage, or defilement of a place of worship or an object held sacred; forgery for purpose of harming reputation, statements conducing to public mischief, with intent to threaten the unity, integrity, security or sovereignty of India, or to strike terror in the people or any section of the people.
The FIR says that there are angry outbursts on social media against the content of the web series which was released on January 16 and people are posting its clippings. “After watching the series, it was found that in the 17th minute of Episode 1, characters playing Hindu gods and goddesses have been shown in an uncharitable way and using undignified language, which can trigger religious sentiments,” the complainant said.