This Article is From Jan 17, 2021

Centre Seeks Amazon Prime's Reply On Complaint Against 'Tandav': Sources

BJP MP Manoj Kotak wrote to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, asking for regulation of OTTs that he said were "full of sex, violence, drugs, abuse, hate (and) sometimes also hurt sentiments of Hindus..."

Maharashtra BJP's Ram Kadam filed a police complaint against Amazon Prime Video's "Tandav"


The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has sought a response from Amazon Prime, sources said, after Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam on Sunday filed a complaint against the creators, actors and director of Amazon Prime Video's "Tandav", alleging the web series - which stars Saif Ali Khan and Dimple Kapadia - had "insulted Hindu gods and goddesses" and that this happened "every time".

He referred to scenes he said mocked Lord Shiva and demanded they be deleted and that Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, another actor in the series, apologise. He also called on I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar to set up a censor board to review content streamed by OTTs like Prime and Netflix.

On Saturday BJP MP Manoj Kotak also wrote to Mr Javadekar, asking for regulation of OTTs he said were "full of sex, violence, drugs, abuse and hate (and) sometimes also hurt sentiments of Hindus..."

"I am going to Ghatkopar Police Station to file an FIR against the creators, actors and director of this web series (who have) hurt the feelings of Hindus (and) desecrated Hindu deities in the Tandava web series," Ram Kadam tweeted in Hindi this morning.

"Why every time in movies and web series Hindu gods and goddesses are insulted? The latest example is 'Tandav' (and) Saif Ali Khan is once again part of a film or series that has (hurt) Hindu sentiments," he added.

"The (scenes) mocking Shiva have to be removed. Actor Zeeshan Ayub and director Ali Abbas Zafar have to apologise. 'Tandav' will be boycotted till necessary changes are made," Ram Kadam said.

Last month Mr Khan was criticised over remarks about a "humane" side to the character of Raavan in "Adipurush", a film scheduled to be released next year. He later apologised for his remarks.

"Tandav", which released Friday, has been criticised by BJP leaders and members of the public for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments. Among those to lash out is Kapil Mishra, a party figure accused of making incendiary speeches that triggered the violence that engulfed Delhi in February last year.

"As this day comes to an end... There is still this web series available online spreading massive hate against our dharma and our Gods making hero out of terrorists and making fun of our forces... It's still up and running," Kapil Mishra tweeted Saturday.

In his letter to Mr Javadekar, Manoj Kotak (the BJP MP from North East Mumbai) said: "It seems the makers of 'Tandav' (are) deliberately mocking Hindu gods and disrespecting Hindu sentiments"

Last month, the centre brought online news portals and content providers like Amazon Prime Video under Mr Javadekar's ministry. Previously there were no laws or panels governing digital content.

The centre's move came after the Supreme Court sought its response on a petition to have an autonomous body regulate content on OTT, or Over The Top, platforms.

OTT platforms have been frequently accused of hurting Hindu sentiments in the past few months.

In November a FIR was registered against Netflix in Madhya Pradesh's Rewa district after allegations against the BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth's "A Suitable Boy". The scene that drew the ire of self-styled guardians of Indian culture showed a man and a woman kissing inside in a temple.

With input from PTI