The drama, starring Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan, was released on January 15 on Amazon Prime Videos. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, it’s come under fire for allegedly “hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus.”
The cast and creators of the recently released web series “Tandav” have landed hot water after allegedly “offending the religious sentiments of Hindus” by “showing their deity in a poor light” and pushing “casteism.”
Indian Hindus have complained about a particular scene during which actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub – appearing as Lord Shiva – cusses. The swear word is bleeped out in the show.
The clip has gone viral, with angry netizens posting the #BoycottTandav hashtag and demanding the series be banned. The web series has been slammed as “hinduphobic” but this is not the first time a drama has been criticised for being “casteist” towards the Dalit community.
Tandav has nothing but same old leftist techniques to push left’s radical activism and stereotypes:
1. Mockery of Hindu gods.
2. Portraying Indian army as patriarchal.
3. Creating caste stereotypes.
4. Using farmers’ issues for propaganda.
And all this in the name of ‘art’.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) January 16, 2021
Due to the backlash, the police has sent officers to guard the house of lead actor Saif Ali Khan in Mumbai city as a precaution.
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Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Gaurav Goel filed a police complaint on Sunday and sought the arrest of the series’ makers. In his complaint, he said the show has “highly objectionable, offensive content,” adding that actors can be seen “insulting Hindu deities openly.”
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— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) January 17, 2021