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Tandav Web Series Makers To Implement Changes To Address Concerns

Mumbai: Amid growing dissent over the recent web series Tandav, the cast and crew of the Amazon Prime Video series on Tuesday clarified that they have decided to implement changes to the political drama to address concerns.

“Tandav”, a nine-episode political thriller starring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, started streaming last week but the show landed in a huge controversy over its depiction of Hindu deities.

Set in Delhi, the series revolve around the theme of power, ambition and greed through a very political story.

The series came under fire with several people claiming that it provokes communal disharmony and hurts sentiments of the Hindus. According to the complaints, a scene featuring Mohd.

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 have utmost respect for the sentiments of the people of our country. 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.

“The cast & 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.

“We once again apologize if the series has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments,” the statement said.

Earlier, a criminal complaint was filed before a Delhi court seeking action against OTT platform Amazon Prime and the makers of Saif Ali Khan starrer webseries ‘Tandav’.

The complaint filed under Section 200 of the CrPC seeks summoning, commencing trial and punishing the accused persons alleging that the web series is provoking communal disharmony and is hurting the sentiments of Hindus.

On Monday, show creator Abbas Zafar apologised on behalf of the entire cast and crew, saying they did not intend to offend anyone or insult any religion and political party.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had earlier issued notice to Amazon Prime, the OTT platform airing the show, seeking its response to the complaints.

The series features Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Gauahar Khan, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Shonali Nagrani, Anup Sonii, Neha Hinge, Sandhya Mridul, and Amyra Dastur.

(With PTI Inputs)

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