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Tandav Controversy LIVE Updates: Ali Abbas Zafar Tweets Unconditional Apology

The makers of the web series ‘Tandav’ say that it is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental.

News18.com | January 18, 2021, 19:12 IST
Tandav Controversy LIVE Updates: Ali Abbas Zafar Tweets Unconditional Apology
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.
Jan 18, 2021 19:12 (IST)

The creator of the show, Ali Abbas Zafar, has posted his apology on Twitter.

Jan 18, 2021 18:56 (IST)

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.

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BJP leader Kapil Mishra has also sent a legal notice to Amazon Prime Video demanding that web series #Tandav be removed from their platform immediately otherwise criminal proceedings will be initiated against them. 

Jan 18, 2021 15:28 (IST)

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.

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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.

Jan 18, 2021 11:59 (IST)
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Saif Ali Khan's latest release Tandav, a political thriller web series, has stirred up a controversy for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

Jan 18, 2021 10:39 (IST)

On Sunday, BJP MLA Ram Kadam lodged a complaint against the makers of Tandav at the Ghatkopar police station in Mumbai, and urged authorities to take “strict action” against the actors, producers and director of the show.

Jan 18, 2021 10:16 (IST)

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.

Jan 18, 2021 09:57 (IST)

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.

CLICK TO READ: FIR Against 'Tandav' Makers and OTT's Head of Original Content for 'Insulting Hindu Deities'

Jan 18, 2021 09:38 (IST)

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.

CLICK TO READ: Tandav Controversy: Amazon Prime Gets I&B Ministry's Notice After Protests Erupt Over 'Mocking Hindu Deities'

Tandav Controversy LIVE Updates: Ali Abbas Zafar Tweets Unconditional Apology
File Photo Of Tandav Web Series Poster

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.

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