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Tandav Row: I&B Ministry seeks explanation from Amazon Prime Video, case filed against makers in UP for hurting Hindu sentiments

The director, producer and writer of the Saif Ali Khan starrer Tandav and Amazon's head of India Original Content have been accused in the case of promoting religious enmity and defiling a place of worship.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued a notice to the streaming platform Amazon Prime Video, seeking explanation on complaints that Hindu gods and goddesses have been ridiculed in web series, Tandav. A criminal case has also been filed by Uttar Pradesh police against the makers and streaming service over alleged hurting of Hindu sentiments.

The director, producer and writer of the Saif Ali Khan starrer Tandav and Amazon’s head of India Original Content have been accused in the case of promoting religious enmity and defiling a place of worship. 

The complaint stated that the first episode of the web series showed people dressed up in a very disrespectful manner to represent Hindu Gods and goddesses.They have been shown to speak in a very uncalled for language that hurts religious sentiments.

There are conversations that lead to caste conflict, the character of the person occupying the high post of Prime Minister has been shown in a very indecent manner. The series also depicted lower and higher castes and scenes that insult women, read the complaint.

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A sub-inspector of Lucknow’s Hazratganj police station has registered the case against the entire team of Tandav. Soon after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s media advisor Shalabh Mani Tripathi shared a copy of the complaint on Twitter.

The development came after BJP MP Manoj Kotak wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday, seeking a ban on Tandav over ridiculing Hindu deities. He also demanded that the actors, producers and directors should apologise for hurting sentiments.

Another politician, Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam also asked the director to remove the portion of the web series in which Lord Shiva is allegedly ridiculed. He had filed a complaint in the suburban Ghatkopar police station.

Saif Ali Khan starrer Tandav is a political drama which also features Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sunil Grover, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Gauhar Khan  among others. It premiered on the streaming platform, Amazon Prime on Friday.

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