Saif Ali Khan's Tandav has landed in troubled waters. The Ali Abbas Zafar show is accused of being Hinduphobic and insulting Hindu Gods in a scene featuring Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub. Several political leaders took offence at the particular scene in which Zeeshan, a stage performer is seen playing Lord Shiva and is heard saying, "Azaadi, what the...?" On Sunday, Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam filed a complaint against Tandav's creators, actors and director.
Now, as the outrage against Tandav continues, an FIR has been registered at Lucknow's Hazratganj Kotwali against OTT platform Amazon Prime's India head of original content Aparna Purohit, director Ali, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and others for allegedly hurting sentiments of Hindus.
Lucknow: FIR registered at Hazratganj Kotwali against Amazon Prime's India head of original content Aparna Purohit, director of web series 'Tandav' Ali Abbas Zafar, its producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and others for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
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Amid the outrage, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting sent a notice summoning Amazon Prime Video officials in India for an explanation. This came after ministers wrote to Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, and requested him to regulate OTT content.
Amazon Prime Video officials in India summoned by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, in connection with the controversy around web series 'Tandav'
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Apart from Saif and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Tandav also stars Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Gauahar Khan and Kritika Kamra. It released on January 15, 2021.