FIR registered against the makers and actors of the web series ‘Tandav’ which was created by Ali Abbas Zafar, a political drama series that stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Sunil Grover, and many famous actors. The Amazon Prime Video web series Tandav has been at the center of a controversy after it was alleged that certain scenes are offensive to certain communities.
On Monday, Tandav creator-director Ali Abbas Zafar apologized for having unintentionally hurt the sentiments of a certain section of the audience, but not before police complaints had been made against him and his cast. Tandav, a political drama that debuted on Amazon Prime Video recently, is about the power struggle that is unleashed after the death of a Prime Minister.
#Maharashtra: FIR registered against the makers and actors of web series ‘Tandav’ under sections 153 (A), 295 (A) and 505 (2) IPC at Mumbai’s Ghatkopar Police station
— ANI (@ANI) January 20, 2021
“The cast and crew of Tandav have made the decision to implement changes to the web series to address the concerns raised towards the same… We once again apologise if the series has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments,” the cast and crew of Tandav said in a statement.
“We have outmost respect for the sentiments of the people of our country. We did not intend to hurt or 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,” they said.
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) January 19, 2021
BJP leader Kapil Mishra alleged that Tandav is “anti-Dalit and full of communal hatred against Hindus”. He also requested people in the same tweet to write to Prakash Javadekar appealing for a ban on the web series.
A police personnel was spotted stationed outside Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s home in Mumbai on Sunday. A complaint filed by a policeman in Uttar Pradesh said that 17 minutes into the first episode, he saw “people dressed up in a very bad manner to represent Hindu gods and goddesses… shown to speak in a very uncalled for language… that hurts religious sentiments”.
The I&B ministry sought an explanation from Amazon Prime after the controversy broke out. “The ministry has called executives of the video streaming service and decided to seek an explanation from them over the matter,” an official said.
— Manoj Kotak (@manoj_kotak) January 17, 2021