Tandav row: All you need to know about controversies surrounding Saif Ali Khan’s Amazon show

On Monday, Tandav creator-director Ali Abbas Zafar apologised for having unintentionally damage the feelings of a sure part of the viewers, however not earlier than police complaints had been made in opposition to him and his solid. Tandav, a political drama that debuted on Amazon Prime Video just lately, is in regards to the energy battle that’s unleashed after the loss of life of a Prime Minister.

The plot of the nine-episode collection is ripped from the headlines; the collection opens with a farmers’ protest and a big quantity of display screen time is dedicated to a firebrand scholar chief. There are stand-ins for the Jawaharlal Nehru College and Kanhaiya Kumar.

The contentious scene

On the coronary heart of the controversy is a scene within the first episode of the collection. In it, actor Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub performs Lord Shiva in a stage play, and says, “Azaadi, what the…?” In the identical scene, the narrator on stage tells Lord Shiva that he must do one thing to enhance his reputation on social media as Lord Ram’s reputation is gaining. Shiva asks whether or not he ought to give you a brand new show image.

Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub is excellent in the rather ordinary Tandav.
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub is superb within the relatively abnormal Tandav.

The complaints

Bharatiya Janata Social gathering MP Manoj Kotak wrote to Info and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar in search of a ban on the collection for allegedly ridiculing Hindu deities. “Completely different organisations and people have complained that Hindu Gods and Goddesses have been ridiculed in Tandav internet collection. Feedback have been handed about them,” Kotak mentioned.

MLA Ram Kadam in Maharashtra had tweeted demanding the removing of the half mocking Lord Shiva and an apology from actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. “Tandava might be boycotted till obligatory modifications are made. #BanTandavNow,” he had tweeted. “Simply as there’s a system of censors for reviewing movies and serials, the same association must be made to overview collection on the OTT platform. Writing to @PrakashJavdekar ji,” he additionally tweeted in Hindi.

BJP chief Kapil Mishra alleged that Tandav is “anti Dalit and filled with communal hatred in opposition to Hindus”. He additionally requested individuals in the identical tweet to jot down to Prakash Javadekar interesting for a ban on the net collection.

Former UP chief minister, Mayawati, wrote in a tweet that within the curiosity of ‘peace and concord’ the objectionable scene must be faraway from the collection.

The fallout

Police personnel have been noticed stationed outdoors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s house in Mumbai on Sunday.

The I&B ministry sought an evidence from Amazon Prime after the controversy broke out. “The ministry has known as executives of the video streaming service and determined to hunt an evidence from them over the matter,” an official mentioned.

Officers from Amazon Prime Video informed information company PTI that the platform “received’t be responding” to media queries on the matter.

An FIR was registered in opposition to Amazon India unique content material head Aparna Purohit, creator Ali, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, author Gaurav Solanki and others on the Hazratganj police station of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow deputy commissioner of police (Central) Somen Barma mentioned.

The apology

“Our honest apologies,” Ali wrote in a social media put up on Monday, on behalf of the solid and crew. “We’ve got been carefully monitoring viewer reactions to the net collection Tandav and at this time throughout a dialogue, the Ministry of Info and Broadcasting have knowledgeable us relating to a lot of grievances and petitions acquired on varied sides of the net collection with severe issues and apprehensions relating to its content material hurting the feelings of the individuals,” the assertion learn.

It continued, “The online collection Tandav is a piece of fiction and any resemblance to acts and individuals and occasions is only coincidental. The solid and crew didn’t have any intention to offend the feelings of any particular person, caste, group, race, faith or spiritual beliefs or insult or outrage any establishment, political celebration or particular person, dwelling or useless. The solid and crew of Tandav take cognizance of the issues expressed by the individuals and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally damage anyone’s sentiments.”

The long run

The controversy comes at a time when the censorship of streaming platforms is being debated. Outrage was beforehand expressed upon the discharge of streaming releases Sacred Video games and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Lady.

In November, the Union authorities introduced streaming video companies reminiscent of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar, and information web sites below the ambit of the Info & Broadcasting ministry for regulation, issuing a notification that may now enable the latter to draft guidelines that might have a far-reaching influence on fashionable channels of digital content material.

Ali confirmed in an interview to Mid-Day that he has accomplished writing the second season of the present, regardless of no official affirmation by Amazon. “Through the lockdown, I sat in my Dehradun house for 5 months and stored writing. We’ve got already developed the script for the second season, and hopefully, it’s going to go on flooring quickly,” he mentioned.

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Saif Ali Khan in a still from Tandav.

Saif Ali Khan in a nonetheless from Tandav.

UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 07:29 PM IST

  • Tandav creator Ali Abbas Zafar has issued an apology on behalf of the solid and crew of the Amazon internet collection, after an FIR was lodged in opposition to a number of individuals concerned within the present for hurting spiritual sentiments.

Sunil Grover, Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia in Tandav.

Sunil Grover, Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia in Tandav.

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:23 PM IST

  • Sunil Grover has insisted that Tandav is a piece of fiction, and that it was shot earlier than lots of the incidents it reveals transpired in actual life.

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