The source said that in light of complaints that Hindu gods and goddesses have been ridiculed in the online series Tandav, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Sunday sought an explanation from the streaming platform Amazon Prime Video.
BJP MP Manoj Kotak said on Sunday that he had written to Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, requesting that Amazon Prime Video’s series Tandav be banned in order to mock Hindu gods.
Starring actors Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Gauhar Khan and Kritika Kamra, Tandav premiered on the streaming platform on Friday.
Film producer Ali Abbas Zafar and Himanshu Kishan Mehra co-wrote, directed and produced political drama. The film was written by Gaurav Solanki, the most famous It is Article 15.
A source in the ministry said: “The ministry has filed a complaint on this matter and asked Amazon Prime Video for an explanation.”
Kotak, a member of parliament in northeastern Mumbai, claimed that he often tries on such platforms to keep Hindu gods from showing.
He said that different organizations and individuals are complaining that the Hindu gods and goddesses in the Tandaf network series are being mocked.
He added: “Therefore, we have asked Javadekar ji and wrote to him to immediately ban the network series. The actors, producers and directors should apologize for hurting emotions.”
Kotak shared a picture of the letter he wrote to Javadekar on Twitter. He said that because there is no law or autonomous agency to manage digital content, and movies on such platforms are full of sex, violence, drugs, abuse, hatred and vulgarity .
He added: “Sometimes, they also damage the religious atmosphere.”
He said in his January 16 letter that it seems that the creators of Tandav deliberately mocked the Hindu gods and did not respect the religious atmosphere of Hinduism.
Another politician, Ram Kadam, is a BJP MLA from Ghatkopar West. He also asked the director to delete a series of online shows that allegedly mocked Lord Shiva.
The lawmaker said that he had filed a complaint with the Jatkopal Police Station in the suburbs.
When receiving a complaint, Amazon Prime Video PR stated that the platform “will not respond to this.”
The government recently brought OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney + Hotstar and other online news and current affairs content into the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, giving it the power to oversee policies and rules in the digital space.