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An FIR has been registered with Hazratganj Kotwali in Lucknow against Amazon Prime’s India, head of original content, Aparna Purohit, director of web series ‘Tandav’ Ali Abbas Zafar, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and others for allegedly religious feelings have hurt.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has sued Amazon Prime Video officials in India over the ‘Tandav’ controversy.
This comes after two leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that the Saif Ali Khan starrer web series ‘Tandav’ hurts Hindu religious sentiments.
BJP leader Ram Kadam had previously said he had filed a complaint against ‘Tandav’ at Ghatkopar Police Station in Mumbai.
BJP leader Manoj Kotak expressed similar concerns and has written to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.
In the letter, Manoj Kotak wrote, “It seems that the creators of Tandav mocked the Hindu gods and disrespected Hindu religious sentiments. I urge the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to ban Tandav in the meantime.” He claimed that the series harmed Hindus’ feelings and that he would not tolerate it.
When contacted about the complaints, Amazon Prime Video PR said the platform “will not respond” to the matter.
The government has recently brought OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney + Hotstar, among other online news and current affairs content, under the remit of the Department of Information and Broadcasting, giving it the power to review policies and regulate the digital space.