Amazon Prime show agrees to changes after India Hindu outcry
Mumbai: The cast and crew of the popular streaming series starring Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan agreed to “implement the show after the ruling party politicians accused the show of insulting Hindu gods” change”.
The Amazon Prime drama “Tandav” — loosely compared to the US series “House of Cards” — drew criticism from members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party after its Friday release.
Several BJP politicians called for the show to be banned, saying it was “deliberately mocking Hindu gods” and disrespecting religious sentiments.
One of the criticised scenes depicts a university play in which Hindu deity Shiva talks about “azaadi” (freedom), a rallying cry from 2019’s anti-government protests across the country.
“The cast and crew of Tandav have made the decision to implement changes to the web series to address the concerns raised,” director Ali Abbas Zafar wrote in a post on Twitter late Tuesday.
The cast and crew also apologised on Monday, with Zafar saying that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had told the team it had received “a large number of grievances and petitions… with serious concerns and apprehensions” over the series.
“‘Tandav’ is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental,” he said Monday.