In more trouble for actors and makers of Amazon Prime’s web series Tandav, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minsiter Keshav Prasad Maurya on 20 January said that strict legal action would be taken against them for hurting the Hindu sentiments.
Maurya tweeted that the makers of Tandav, including the producer, director and actors, were culprits of attacking the social fabric and hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. Tough legal action will be taken against them, he said.
The deputy chief minister’s reaction comes after the cast and crew of Tandav said they were ready to address the concerns and would make some changes in the web series. Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar, who has directed Tandav, has apologised through an official statement.
“The cast & crew of Tandav have made the decision to implement changes to the web series to address the concerns raised towards the same,” the show’s team said in its statement.
“We did not intend to hurt or 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… We once again apologise if the series has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments,” the statement further read.
UP Police in Mumbai to investigate case against Tandav
A special team of UP Police reached Mumbai on 20 January in the morning, following the FIR registered against the web series Tandav. Police Inspector Anil Singh of Lucknow Police is leading the team.
The FIR was registered at Hazratganj Police Station in Lucknow. Several people have been named in the FIR. The team of cops from Lucknow intends to question all those who are named in the FIR before taking any action.
The team will first approach Mumbai Police for local assistance. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police is yet to file an FIR in the case as demanded by Maharashtra BJP leader Ram Kadam.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcating has received several complaints against Amazon Prime Video’s Tandav for its depiction of Hindu gods on the show. The makers of Tandav and Amazon Prime Video representatives held a second video-conference meeting with the ministry yesterday after they were asked to explain their stand on 18 January. They decided to drop the controversial scenes from the show.