Just a day after Amazon Prime Video dropped Saif Ali Khan starrer political drama series Tandav, it has already found itself in a pickle over its alleged “hinduphobic” content.
The series has received a torrent of contrasting reviews. One section has lauded it for its hard-hitting content while the other section termed the controversial content to be nothing more than “hurting Hindu sentiments.”
Netizens pointed out that the show deliberately sowed seeds of divisions among various sects of Hindu society, and hurt sentiments by mocking Hindu gods. These sentiments even resulted in #BanTandavNow and #BoycottTandav to trend on Twitter.
Here are a few of the reactions:
Amid growing criticism, BJP’s Ram Kadam has filed a complaint against actor Zeeshan Ayyub and the web series demanding an apology for insulting Hindu Gods. He wrote in Marathi, “I would like to inform you that in web series Tandav, Hindu Gods have been insulted. This has hurt feelings of the Hindus. Ali Abbas, director of web Series, is glorifying leftist ideology. Zeeshan has insulted Lord Shiva. Request you to file charges on OTT platform, director, producer, writer and actors and stop the streaming of series. Also, specific communities have been insulted in the series. So please take necessary action.”
After the complaint, police has now issued summons to the makers of the series and a case has been filed under Section 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), Section 67A of IT ACT (sexually explicit act or conduct) and Atrocities act.
BJP leader Kapil Mishra appealed to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar to ban the TV series. In a video shared on Twitter, the BJP leader alleged that the web series is a conspiracy to stir violence in the country. He further alleged that Dalits were insulted in the series.