Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today that his government would take strict action against filmmakers who insult the Hindu religion and hurt their sentiments in the name of entertainment. Issuing a stern warning against the makers of the controversial Amazon web series Tandav, Yogi said that he was anguished by the way Hindus were insulted in the show. The chief minister said his government was strict on those who insult Hindus for entertainment.
The political drama series Tandav, released on Amazon Prime Video last week, is facing strong criticism for allegedly depicting Hindu gods in a manner hurtful to the religious sentiments of people. An FIR has been lodged against the director Ali Abbas Zafar and writer Gaurav Solanki at Lucknow’s Hazratganj police station.
Taking cognizance of complaints about the web series, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 17 January had sought an explanation from the Amazon Prime Video on the issue.
An aide of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on 18 January said the makers of Tandav and Amazon’s India content head would have to “pay a price for hurting religious sentiments” by depicting Hindu gods in an objectionable manner.
Adityanath’s media advisor Shalabhmani Tripathi issued a warning in the tweet, tagging the series director Ali Abbas Zafar, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and actors Saif Ali Khan and Zeeshan Ayub.
UP Police has left for Mumbai. There are strong sections in the FIR, stay prepared for arrest, you will have to pay a price for hurting religious sentiments,” Tripathi said in his tweet. Tagging the office of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thakeray, he said, hopefully, you will not come to their rescue.
An FIR was lodged against producers, directors, and writers of Tandav at Hazratganj police station for the objectionable scenes in the web series. Police also filed a case against India head of Amazon Prime. A four-member police team left for Mumbai on 18 January for a detailed probe into the matter, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Somen Burma.
Meanwhile, the makers of Tandav released an official statement, apologizing for hurting the sentiments of people. Responding to the controversy on 18 January evening, the cast and crew said, they had no intention to offend any individual, caste, community, race, religion, or religious beliefs or insult or outrage any institution, political party, or person.