Politicians from governing social gathering name for present to be eliminated, saying it was ‘intentionally mocking Hindu gods’.
The solid and crew of a well-liked streaming collection starring Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan have apologised after politicians from the governing social gathering known as the present insensitive to Hindus.
The Amazon Prime drama Tandav – loosely in contrast with america’ collection Home of Playing cards – drew criticism from members of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) after its Friday launch.
A number of BJP politicians known as for the present to be eliminated, saying it was “intentionally mocking Hindu gods” and disrespecting non secular sentiments.
One of many criticised scenes depicts a college play during which Hindu god Shiva talks about “aazadi” (freedom), a rallying cry from final 12 months’s anti-government protests within the capital.
The Ministry of Data and Broadcasting advised the solid and crew it acquired “a lot of grievances and petitions … with severe issues and apprehensions” over the collection, director Ali Abbas Zafar wrote in a publish on Instagram and Twitter on Monday.
“Tandav is a piece of fiction and any resemblance to acts and individuals and occasions is only coincidental,” he added in an announcement.
“The solid and crew of ‘Tandav’…unconditionally apologise if it has unintentionally damage anyone’s sentiments.”
Our honest apologies . pic.twitter.com/Efr9s0kYnl
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) January 18, 2021
Police have been seen stationed exterior Khan’s Mumbai house on Sunday amid the row, the Hindustan Instances newspaper reported.
Main streaming platforms, together with Netflix, Amazon and Disney’s Hotstar, have expanded their presence within the nation of 1.3 billion, together with by commissioning native content material.
The streaming TV providers should not topic to the nation’s stringent censorship guidelines which often end in scenes reduce from reveals and movies.
However there have been rising calls, significantly from BJP politicians, for the net reveals to be topic to the identical scrutiny.
The latest controversy concerned the BBC’s TV model of writer Vikram Seth’s epic bestselling novel, A Appropriate Boy, which is streaming on Netflix, over a scene the place a Hindu girl kisses a Muslim boy in entrance of a Hindu temple.
A state BJP politician in November filed a grievance to police saying the present had damage Hindus’ non secular sentiments.