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Controversy over web series ‘Tandav’: Security Increased for Saif Ali Khan and Others

A political drama series "Tandav" released, 15th January on Amazon Prime Video, has created controversy over its alleged portrayal of Hindu deities in a 'bad light' and use of 'casteist scenes and dialogues'.



"Tandav" is a political drama series streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Controversy erupted after its release on  15th Jan, over its alleged portrayal of Hindu deities in a ‘bad light’ and use of ‘casteist scenes and dialogues’.


In the wake of the backlash, security has been stepped up outside the office of Saif Ali Khan in Mumbai’s suburban Bandra on Monday, PTI reported. Security has been heightened outside the head offices of Amazon at Bandra Kurla Complex.


The makers of the web series ‘Tandav’ issued an unconditional apology for “unintentionally” hurting sentiments of the public over some scenes depicting Hindu deities in a ‘bad light’.


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An FIR has been registered in the Hazratganj Police station, Lucknow against the makers of the show, and the Head of Amazon India under different sections.

(1)- Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language).

(2)- Section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class).

(3)- Section 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 offense against the State or against the public tranquility).

 (4)- Section 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation) along with sections of the IT Act.


On Monday Director Ali Abbas Zafar shared the statement on his Twitter handle.“The cast and crew did not have any intention to 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. The cast and crew of “Tandav” take cognizance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments,”.

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