UPDATED, 6am: Tandav creator Ali Abbas Zafar has apologized after the series received a backlash following its debut on Amazon Prime on January 15 in India.

“We have been closely monitoring the reaction of viewers to the web series Tandav and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting informed us today during a discussion of a large number of complaints and petitions received in various facets of the web series, with serious ones Concerns and Concerns Its content harms people’s feelings, ”read the statement on behalf of the cast and crew of the show, which was posted on Zafar’s Instagram.

“The web series Tandav is a fiction, and any resemblance to actions, people and events is purely coincidental. The cast and crew had no intention of harming the feelings of any individual, caste, community, race, religion or religious belief, or of offending or outraging any living, dead or dead institution, political party or person . The cast and crew of Tandav take note of the concerns expressed by the people and offer their unconditional apologies if this has inadvertently hurt the feelings of others. “

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BEFORE 3:00 AM: Amazon Prime Video’s original Hindi series Tandav has come under fire in India for depicting Hindu gods and goddesses.

According to reports from the country over the weekend, including the Hindu Times, 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 authority censorship. He added that streaming content was “full of sex, violence, drugs, abuse, hatred and vulgarity”.

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 attempts 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 non-profit manner and using awkward language that can create religious tension,” the newspaper said Complaint a report in Indian Express. “Similarly, in the 22nd minute of the same episode, efforts were made to spark caste conflicts with casteistic remarks. The person who holds a worthy post such as Prime Minister has been featured in the web series in a very derogatory manner. “

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