‘Hurting religious sentiments’: FIR lodged against makers of Amazon Prime web series ‘Tandav’ | The Daily Star
04:04 PM, January 18, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:07 PM, January 18, 2021

‘Hurting religious sentiments’: FIR lodged against makers of Amazon Prime web series ‘Tandav’

An FIR has been lodged against the makers of Amazon Prime web series "Tandav" and Amazon's India head of original content for allegedly depicting Hindu gods in a manner "hurtful to religious sentiments of the people".

The FIR against Aparna Purohit, the head of Amazon's India head of original content, director of the series Ali Abbas, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki, and an unnamed person was lodged late on Sunday night in Lucknow by senior Sub-inspector of Uttar Pradesh Police Amar Nath Yadav, reports our New Delhi Correspondent.

The series starring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover etc. premiered on the streaming platform on Friday.

According to the FIR, following public outrage expressed on social media platforms, the web series was viewed and it was found in the 17th minute of the first episode of the series that Hindu gods and goddesses have been presented in an "undignified manner" and shown using language which is "hurtful to religious sentiments".

Dialogues in the web series can incite caste anger, the FIR alleged.

It also alleged that the person occupying the high post of Prime Minister of India has been portrayed in a "very belittling manner".

The FIR further charged that the intent of the web series is to incite religious sentiments of a particular community and create enmity among classes.

Taking cognisance of complaints, the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had on Sunday sought an explanation from streaming platform Amazon Prime Video on the issue, sources said.

The development came after BJP lawmaker Manoj Kotak on Sunday said he has written to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar seeking a ban on "Tandav".

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