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The Controversy Over Web Series ‘Tandav’ In 10 Points


Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Tandav’ was launched on-line on Friday

Mumbai/New Delhi:
The makers of Amazon Prime Video’s new political drama ‘Tandav’ issued an “unconditional” apology on Monday night after complaints to police in Maharashtra and UP alleged some scenes “insulted Hindu gods and goddesses”. The assertion stated any offence was unintentional and that the collection was “a piece of fiction (with) any resemblance to acts and individuals and occasions purely coincidental”. The collection, which stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, was launched Friday to comparatively unenthusiastic evaluations however shortly triggered outrage, a remark from the UP Chief Minister’s workplace that was seen as a warning and renewed calls to manage OTT content material.

Listed below are the highest 10 factors on this massive story:

  1. The forged and crew of ‘Tandav’ stated they’d “taken cognizance of considerations… and unconditionally apologise if it (the series) has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments“. The apology got here after the I&B Ministry, which has been urged to ascertain mechanisms to censor content material on OTTs, sought a response from Amazon.

  2. No less than two complaints have been filed – one by a policeman in Lucknow this morning and one other by Ram Kadam in Mumbai on Sunday. The UP cop alleged that 17 minutes into the primary episode, “folks dressed up in a really dangerous method to symbolize Hindu gods and goddesses… that hurts non secular sentiments”. Ram Kadam’s grievance added that the alleged insults to religious sentiments happened “every time”.

  3. After the UP cop filed his grievance a key aide of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warned these named to “be prepared to pay the price“. Adityanath’s media advisor, Shalabh Mani Tripathi, referred to police autos – a comment seen as alluding to gangster Vikas Dubey, who was killed in an encounter final 12 months whereas being transported in a police automobile.

  4. Outrage over the collection – expressed forcefully by BJP leaders and members of the general public – led to Mumbai Police rising safety outdoors two of Amazon India’s workplace within the metropolis and the residence of Saif Ali Khan. Manjunath Singe, DCP Zone 8, informed information company PTI that this was in gentle of protest marches led by BJP MLA Ram Kadam.

  5. Saif Ali Khan was singled out by Ram Kadam on Sunday; he tweeted: “Saif Ali Khan is as soon as once more a part of a movie or collection that has (damage) Hindu sentiments”. Final month Mr Khan was criticised over remarks a couple of “humane” aspect to the character of Raavan in ‘Adipurush’, a movie to be launched subsequent 12 months. He later apologised for his remarks.

  6. Amongst these to say outrage over ‘Tandav’ is Kapil Mishra – a BJP leader who is accused of making incendiary speeches that triggered the violence that engulfed Delhi in February final 12 months. “… internet collection obtainable on-line spreading huge hate towards our dharma and our Gods making hero out of terrorists…” he declared.

  7. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in whose state a FIR was filed towards Netflix – alleging that the BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ had hurt religious sentiments – additionally commented, saying: “No person has the fitting to disrespect our gods and goddesses… for my part we have to preserve a strict eye on OTT platforms as they’re exhibiting vulgar content material.”

  8. The protests have additionally led to a political row, with opposition events lining as much as criticise the BJP. The JDU (the BJP’s Bihar ally) and the Samajwadi Get together (within the opposition in UP) have spoken out. The JDU’s KC Tyagi stated politicians couldn’t resolve movie content material and Samajwadi Get together chief Akhilesh Yadav stated the BJP was appearing out a “tandav (Shiva’s dance of destruction) on ‘Tandav'” to deflect consideration from the farmers’ protest.

  9. Over the previous few weeks OTTs like Prime and Netflix have been continuously accused of injuring non secular or nationwide sentiments. A Netflix movie starring Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap – through which Mr Kapoor performs the position of an Air Drive officer – was criticised for “not conform(ing) to the behavioural norms of these within the Armed Forces of India”. Mr Kapoor apologised, saying sentiments had been unintentionally damage.

  10. In November the centre introduced online news portals and content providers like Prime and Netflix beneath Mr Javadekar’s ministry. Beforehand there have been no legal guidelines or panels governing digital content material. This was after the Supreme Courtroom sought its response on a petition to have an autonomous physique regulate content material on OTTs.

With enter from PTI

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