BJP MP Manoj Kotak, in a letter to Prakash Javadekar, had sought a ban on Amazon Prime Video’s sequence Tandav for allegedly ridiculing Hindu deities
Taking cognisance of complaints that Hindu gods and goddesses have been ridiculed in net sequence Tandav, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Sunday sought a proof from streaming platform Amazon Prime Video India on the problem, sources stated.
The growth got here after BJP MP Manoj Kotak on Sunday stated he has written to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar looking for a ban on Amazon Prime Video’s sequence Tandav for ridiculing Hindu deities.
”Tandav, starring actors Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Gauhar Khan and Kritika Kamra, premiered on the streaming platform on Friday.
Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar has created, directed and produced the political drama with Himanshu Kishan Mehra and it’s written by Gaurav Solanki, finest identified for Article 15.
“The ministry has taken cognisance of the matter (complaints) and asked Amazon Prime Video to explain,” a supply within the ministry stated.
Kotak, the MP from Mumbai North-East, alleged that makes an attempt are sometimes made on such platforms to not present Hindu deities in good mild.
He stated totally different organisations and people have complained that Hindu gods and goddesses have been ridiculed in Tandav net sequence.
“Hence, we have made a demand to Javadekar ji and have written to him to ban the web series immediately. The actors, producers and directors should apologise for hurting sentiments,” he added.
Sharing the image of his letter to Javadekar on Twitter, Kotak stated as there isn’t a regulation or autonomous physique governing digital content material and movies on such platforms are filled with intercourse, violence, medication, abuse, hate and vulgarity.
Here is Kotak’s letter to the I&B Ministry
My letter to Hon.minister @PrakashJavdekar ji relating to regulation of the OTT platforms pic.twitter.com/twwI6OP4iM
— Manoj Kotak (@manoj_kotak) January 17, 2021
It appears that makers of Tandav have intentionally mocked Hindu gods and disrespected Hindu spiritual sentiments, he stated within the letter dated 16 January.
Another politician, Ram Kadam, a BJP MLA from Ghatkopar West, additionally requested the director to take away the portion of the net sequence during which Lord Shiva is allegedly ridiculed.
The legislator stated he has filed a grievance on this connection on the suburban Ghatkopar police station.
When contacted concerning the complaints, Amazon Prime Video PR stated the platform “won’t be responding” on the matter.
According to Hindustan Times, an identical grievance has been filed towards the OTT platform’s head of authentic content material Aparna Purohit at Hazratganj Kotwali in Lucknow. Zafar, Khurana, Solanki and others have been named within the FIR, which says the present hurts the spiritual sentiments of Hindus.
The authorities not too long ago introduced OTT platforms akin to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar, moreover different on-line information and present affairs content material, underneath the ambit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, giving it powers to control insurance policies and guidelines for the digital area.
(With inputs from Press Trust of India)
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