Mumbai: ‘Tandav’ director Ali Abbas Zafar took to Twitter to issue an apology on behalf of the cast and crew of the web series after an FIR was filed against them for hurting religious sentiments.
He also referred to parts of the disclaimer which is an industry-standard and stated that the ‘Tandav’ was a work of imagination ‘and that any resemblance to acts and individuals and events is purely coincidental’
The statements read, “Tandav” is a work of fiction, and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental. The cast and crew did not have any intention to offend the sentiments of any individual, caste, community, race, religion, or religious beliefs or insult or outrage any institution, political party or person, living or dead. The cast and crew of ‘Tandav’ take cognizance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments.”
The producers continued, “During a discussion today, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting reported (in large numbers) complaints and petitions … serious concerns and apprehensions about its content hurting people’s sentiments.”
Our sincere apologies . pic.twitter.com/Efr9s0kYnl
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) January 18, 2021
A response from Amazon Prime was sought after an apology after information and broadcast. The web series found itself in controversy after several people and BJP leaders pointed to a particular scene allegedly for insulting Hindu deities. The complaint, filed today by a policeman from Uttar Pradesh, said that the first 17 minutes in the first episode, “people dressed too poorly to represent Hindu deities and speak too non-stop for language, Religious feelings that cause pain.
He said, “There is caste conflict in the conversation, there are similar scenes in many other cases. In the web series, the character of a high-ranking person as Prime Minister of India is depicted in a very indecent manner. The series depicts lower and higher castes and scenes that insult women, and the intent… seems to be to hurt the religious feelings of one community and to spread conflict”, the complaint added.
The apology came after the Information and Broadcasting sought a response from Amazon Prime. The web series found itself in controversy after many people and BJP leaders pointed out a particular scene due to which allegedly insulting Hindu gods.
The complaint, filed today by Uttar Pradesh policeman, said that the first 17 minutes in the first episode, “people dressed up in a very bad manner to represent Hindu gods and goddesses and have been shown to speak in a very uncalled for language… that hurts religious sentiments.”