Ali Abbas Zafar & Others Booked Over Web Series ‘Tandav’, Warned Of Arrest

Mumbai: An FIR was registered in Lucknow against director Ali Abbas Zafar, Amazon Prime Video’s India head of original content Aparna Purohit, producer Himanshu Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and others for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

The series director ‘Tandav’ Ali Abbas Zafar, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and others have also been named in the FIR, ANI said. They have been accused of hurting religious sentiments.

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The information and broadcasting ministry has sought an explanation from Amazon Prime after a controversy broke out over the recently released web series, officials familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

“The ministry has called executives of the video streaming service and decided to seek an explanation from them over the matter,” an official told Hindustan Times.

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Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have already raised issues against ‘Tandava’. On them, Manoj Kotak wrote a letter to I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday demanding a ban on the series for allegedly ridiculing Hindu deities. Another party leader Ram Kadam said on Sunday that he had lodged a complaint at the Ghatkopar police station in Mumbai.

Kadam also demanded that Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms must be brought under censorship.

Tandav, starring actors Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Gauhar Khan and Kritika Kamra, premiered on the streaming platform on Friday.

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