Controversy Ignites In India Over Amazon Prime Sequence ‘Tandav’ – .
Amazon Prime Video’s original Hindi series Tandav has come under fire in India for depicting Hindu gods and goddesses.
The country reported over the weekend, including the Hindu Times, that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting contacted the streamer to request an explanation of the religious content of the program after MP Manoj Kotak called for the program to be banned.
Kotak posted a letter on Twitter to Prakash Javdekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, suggesting that the series’ content “deliberately mocked Hindu gods and disregarded Hindu religious sentiments”.
In the letter, which you can read below, he also called for “urgent” regulation of OTT platforms in India, claiming they were “taking improper use” of being free from government censorship. He added that streaming content was “full of sex, violence, drugs, abuse, hatred and vulgarity”.
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My letter to Hon.minister @PrakashJavdekar ji regarding the regulation of the OTT platforms pic.twitter.com/twwI6OP4iM
– Manoj Kotak (@manoj_kotak) January 17, 2021
The ministry took its complaint seriously enough to contact Amazon for further clarification on the matter. The deadline has asked representatives of Amazon Prime Video India for a comment.
The political drama series Tandav, created by Ali Abbas Zafar, plays Saif Ali Khan in a story that seeks to take viewers to the capital of the world’s largest democracy and explore the inner workings of Indian politics. It was released on Amazon Prime on January 15th.
A police complaint has also been reportedly filed against the show’s producers and Amazon over the perceived issues described above.
“After watching the series, it was found that by the 17th minute of the first episode, characters playing Hindu gods and goddesses were featured in a nonprofit manner and using offensive language that can create religious tension,” it said Complaint a report in Indian Express. “Similarly, in the 22nd minute of the same episode, efforts were made to spark box clashes with casteistic utterances. The person who holds a worthy post like that of Prime Minister has been featured in the web series in a very derogatory manner. “
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