Amazon series lands in controversy for supposedly hurting Hindu sentiments
New Delhi, Jan 18 (efe-epa).- A web series on video streaming platform Amazon Prime Video has landed in controversy in India, with several complaints lodged with the police, for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Hindu majority in the country.
The situation has led the makers of the web series, Tandav – meaning the divine dance of Lord Shiva -, to issue a public apology.
The series shows a modern day India with a despotic political class that handles the corrupt police at will, while attacking left-wing youth for mobilizing for the most disadvantaged sections, including exploited peasants.
Two of these youth perform a play in the university’s function hall, in which Shiva appears “in a flippant light,” according to one of the allegations, when discussing social media and how to increase followers.
“The use of Lord Shiva on screen has hurt the religous sentiments of Hindus globally which is totally unnacceptable,” read the complaint filed by Kapil Mishra, a member of the ruling Hindu-centric party BJP, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mishra, a controversial legislator, is accused of having incited communical clashes between Hindus and Muslims that left more than 50 people dead in the Indian capital of New Delhi in February last year.
Apart from this and other complaints to the police, the series – starring Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan – that was released Friday has triggered protests, television debates and hundreds of comments on social media.
This situation, according to a statement by the makers of the series on Monday, prompted the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to explain to them the “serious concerns and apprehensions regarding its content hurting the sentiments of the people”.
“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,” concluded the statement.
Moreover, the statement repeated the usual disclaimer about the series being a work of fiction and any resemblance to any situation or person in reality was purely coincidental.