Amazon Web Series ‘Tandav’ Under Govt Scanner; Summons Officials
Taking cognizance of complaints that Hindu gods have been ridiculed in the web series ‘Tandav’, the Union Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has sought an explanation from Amazon Prime Video and has summoned officials of the streaming platform.
Acting on complaint filed by BJP MP Manoj Kotak seeking a ban on actor Saif Ali Khan-starrer ‘Tandav’ for allegedly ridiculing Hindu gods and goddesses I&B Ministry said, “The Ministry
has taken cognizance of the matter (complaints) and asked Amazon Prime Video to explain.”
The web series, which also features actors like Sunil Grover, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Gauhar Khan and Kritika Kamra, was premiered on the streaming platform on Friday.
The political drama has been created, directed and produced by filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar with Himanshu Kishan Mehra. It is written by Gaurav Solanki, who directed Article 15.
The Mumbai North-East MP, in his letter to the Union IT minister said, “It has been observed that nowadays OTT (Over the Top) platform has become very popular especially among youth. This platform is free from all censoring authority and in the preview of interest of freedom — sometime they are taking undue advantage.”
“I also noticed and expressed by many citizens across the country about the recent Web series TANDAV released on OTT Platform. It seems that makers of Tandav are deliberately mocking Hindu Gods and disrespect Hindu religious sentiments,” he stated.
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