An Indian political drama on Amazon Prime has been forced to edit out scenes that were accused of being an “insult to Hindu gods”, the first time that streaming platforms have been subjected to Indian government censorship. This development came in wake of notice sent by Delhi-based Advocate Yukti Rathi on the behalf of BJP leader Kapil Mishra.
Tandav, a gritty political drama made by Amazon Prime, one of the world’s largest streaming platforms, had faced growing controversy since it launched last week over allegations it had “hurt Hindu religious sentiments” and insulted the office of the prime minister.
Amazon has asked for more time to respond to the allegations levied. This can be seen as a big win for the efforts and outrage which the makers faced all around on social media.
The INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING Ministry had also summoned Amazon Prime Video officials in India in connection with the controversy around the web series, they added.
Earlier, two BJP leaders alleged that the Saif Ali Khan-starrer web series ‘Tandav’ hurt Hindu religious sentiments.BJP leader Ram Kadam had earlier said that he filed a complaint at Mumbai’s Ghatkopar Police Station against ‘Tandav’.
Expressing similar concerns, BJP leader Manoj Kotak had written to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.
“It seems that the makers of Tandav have mocked Hindu gods and disrespected Hindu religious sentiments. I urge the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to ban Tandav for the meantime,” Kotak wrote.
He alleged that the series has hurt the sentiments of Hindus and he would not tolerate these atrocious acts.
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