In a country where the term ‘censorship’ is now becoming just a fancy word for violating one’s freedom of expression, yet another web series has come under the limelight of infamy with its controversies. After premiering on Amazon Prime Video on the 15th of January, Saif Ali Khan-starer web series ‘Tandav’ has been hurled into a whirlwind of controversies. An FIR has been filed against the writer and director of the web series - Gaurav Solanki and Ali Abbas Jafar - allegedly for promoting Hindu gods in a negative light.
The FIR, lodged at Hazratganj police station also names Amazon Prime’s India head of original content Aparna Purohit, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra along with one other unnamed person.
Following the filed complaint, The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has summoned Amazon Prime Video officials in connection with the controversies.
This development comes after Bhartiya Janta Party MP Manoj Kotak on Sunday said that he has written to the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar seeking a ban on Amazon Prime Video’s series ‘Tandav’ for ridiculing hindu deities and disrespecting Hindu religious sentiments.
Earlier, Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam filed a complaint against the creators, directors and actors of the series, alleging the same - that they have insulted Hindu gods. He later tweeted that a show which allegedly insults Hindu God Shiva must be removed. He believes that demeaning Hindu gods is becoming a trench amongst films and web series makers.
Tandav stars actors Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Gauahar Khan and Kritika Kamra.
When contacted about the allegations, Amazon Prime Video PR said the platform “won’t be responding” on the matter.
Recently, the government has brought OTT platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and others under the ambit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, giving it the rights to regulate policies and rules for the digital space.