Allahabad HC rejects bail plea of Amazon Prime Video's India Originals Head Aparna Purohit, says "use of name 'Tandav' offensive"


In a surprising turn of events, the Allahabad High Court has rejected the bail plea filed by India Head of Amazon Prime Video, Aparna Purohit in the case registered against her in connection with the web series Tandav. Tandav, which starred Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Zeeshan Ayyub and Gauahar Khan, had stirred a major controversy for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus by mocking Gods in a scene. 

While rejecting the plea, the Court noted that "the sentiments of majority community have been hurt by display of the characters of their faith in disrespectful manner and on the other hand, an attempt has been made to widen the gap between the higher castes and the scheduled castes, when the object of the State is to bridge the gap between the different castes and communities."

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The Court said that the use of the word "Tandav" as the name of the series can be offensive to the majority of the people in the country since it is associated with a particular act assigned to Lord Shiva.

For the unversed, in January, an FIR had been registered at Lucknow's Hazratganj Kotwali against Aparna, Ali, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and other actors for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

(Source: Bar And Bench)