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‘Hurting religious sentiments’: Tandav director, Amazon Prime India head named in FIR

In the FIR, complainant Amar Nath Yadav alleged that following the release of the show on January 16 there are many angry comments against the show and several people are sharing clippings of the web series online.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: January 18, 2021 1:31:40 pm
'Hurting religious sentiments': Tandav director, Amazon Prime India head named in FIRBJP MLA Ram Kadam from Ghatkopar West staged a protest at Ghatkopar Chiragnagar Police Station. (Express photo by Deepak Joshi)

An FIR has been registered against the director, producer and the writer of web series Tandav, along with Amazon Prime’s India head of original content at the Hazratganj police station of Lucknow for allegedly portraying Hindu Gods in a bad light creating a possibility of religious tension and using casteist scenes and dialogues in the series.

The FIR against Amazon India original content head Aparna Purohit, show Director Ali Abbas Zafar, Producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, Writer Gaurav Solanki and others has been registered under sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language), 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 505 (1) (B) (statements conducing to public mischief with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility) and 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation) along with sections of the IT Act.

In the FIR, complainant Amar Nath Yadav, who is a Senior Sub-Inspector at the Hazratganj police station, alleged that following the release of the show on January 16 there are many angry comments against the show and several people are sharing clippings of the web series online. The complainant said that in the 17th minute of the first episode Hindu Gods are seen speaking in an objectionable language. Similarly in the 22nd minute of the episode there are casteist statements.

“After watching the series, it was found that in the 17th minute of the first episode, characters playing Hindu gods and goddesses have been shown in an uncharitable way and using objectionable language, which can incite religious tension. Similarly, in the 22nd minute of the same episode, efforts have been made to ignite caste clashes with casteist remarks. The person holding a dignified post like that of Prime Minister has been shown in a very derogatory manner in the web series,” the FIR read, adding that the web series has tried to destroy the social fabric of the country and create tension, Yadav has said in his FIR.

According to senior police officials, a police team will leave for Mumbai soon to interrogate those named in the FIR.

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