‘Tandav’ makers apologise, agree to implement changes
Facing backlash after its release, the cast and crew of Amazon Prime Video web series Tandav said on Tuesday that they have decided to implement changes to the political thriller to address concerns of protesters.
A nine-episode political drama, Tandav found itself at the centre of a huge controversy over its depiction of Hindu deities, after it started streaming last week.
The show stars Bollywood A-listers Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub.
At the centre of the row is a scene with Zeeshan Ayyub, in the role of college student Shiva, playing the Hindu god Mahadev in a theatre production.
In an official statement, the team reiterated that they had no intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments.
“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 read.
“The cast and crew of Tandav have made the decision to implement changes to the web series to address the concerns raised towards the same,” the statement read.
The team also thanked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the guidance and support in the matter.
As the controversy escalated for the third day, the makers tried to defuse the situation by announcing their decision to remove the controversial portion from the show, which balances intrigue in Delhi's corridors of power with hot button issues such as student unrest and farmer protests.
Tandav , which literally translates to ‘dance of destruction’, is the focus of multiple FIRs, three in Uttar Pradesh and another in Madhya Pradesh. There have been calls for its boycott on social media and from politicians of different states for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments with its depiction of Hindu deities.
In their statement on Monday, the makers had said their show is a work of fiction.
“The cast and crew of Tandav take cognisance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally hurt anybody's sentiments,” it said.
Despite their apology, the storm over the web series refused to die down on Tuesday with an FIR being lodged against the makers in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
The FIR names as accused series' director Zafar, Amazon Prime's India head Aparna Purohit, producer Himanshu Kishan Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and actors Saif, Dimple Kapadia and Sunil Grover.