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    Tandav web series controversy: Creator Ali Abbas Zafar says sorry

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    The cast and crew of 'Tandav' take cognizance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologise if it has unintentionally hurt anybody's sentiments, the statement read.

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    The series came under fire with several people claiming that it provokes communal disharmony and hurts sentiments of the Hindus.
    NEW DELHI: The cast and crew of Amazon Prime Video's Tandav issued an "unconditional" apology on Monday evening after the I&B ministry asked them for an explanation regarding some scenes that had allegedly "insulted Hindu gods."

    The makers of the web series Ali Abbas Zafar and Himanshu Mehra issued the apologies on twitter. They referred to parts of the standard disclaimer that said 'Tandav' was a "work of fiction" and that "any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental".

    "Tandav is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental. The cast and crew did not have any intention to 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," their statement said.

    "The cast and crew of 'Tandav' take cognizance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally hurt anybody's sentiments," it added.

    The apology comes after the I&B Ministry sought an explanation from Amazon Prime on Sunday.

    BJP MP Manoj Kotak on Sunday wrote to I&B minister Prakash Javadekar, requesting him to ban the series for violating the religious sentiments of the Hindus. BJP MLA Ram Kadam too urged people to boycott the series.

    "The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting informed us of a large number of grievances and petitions, serious concerns and apprehensions regarding its content hurting the sentiments of the people," the 'Tandav' makers' statement said.

    The web series, which stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, was released on Friday.

    A complaint filed today by an Uttar Pradesh policeman said that the series ridiculed Lord Shiva, insulted the post of the Prime Minister of the country, exaggerated caste discrimination and showed women in poor light. Recently, an FIR was also filed in Madhya Pradesh against the makers of Netflix Series A Suitable Boy over a kissing scene in the temple.
    ( Originally published on Jan 18, 2021 )
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    14 Comments on this Story

    Vishal Goyal45 days ago
    Isshninda kanoon INSULTING OF HINDU GODS ought to be a punishable offence in Bharat. only after that these criminals stop this criminal activities.
    Sachin Mali45 days ago
    exemplary punishment (monetary and others) must be imposed on these rogues who insult Hindu sentiments and symbols.
    SAMIR KULKARNI45 days ago
    Instigate riots, blatant communal provocations, terribly cheap mindset, catering to a class which believes in unruly animal instincts as the final solution - Apologies unlimited. Another OTT platform showed how hyenas and african wild dogs walk away after tearing apart body parts of the live prey. Nobody complained. So the directors dont apologise and the hyenas and wild dogs are free to look for the next prey ! There many stories on the OTT platforms, but are we learning from our 17000 years history ?
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