The burden continues to escalate for Tandav film’s producers, who have not earned relief from criminal proceedings registered against them in many states. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court declined to approve the manufacturers’ appeal for temporary defence.
The Indian extremist organization also announced Rs 10 million for those who cut the tongues of web series makers.
The controversies have plagued the Amazon Prime Video political thriller, produced by Ali Abbas Zafar and starring Saif Ali Khan, as the Supreme Court declined to offer immunity to the creators of the film called Tandav.
Director Ali Abbas Zafar’s web series ‘Tandav’ on the subject of Delhi politics was released later this month. The film depicted a struggle for power by different sections, but the Indian extremist Hindu organizations did not like the subject of the movie. The film led to open a front against the actors, including the web series.
The creators of the film are plagued with criminal charges under sections 153A and 295 of the Indian Penal Code for harming religious beliefs and offending faith.
According to Indian reports, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Manoj Kotak wrote to Prakash Javadekar, Information and Broadcasting Minister, requesting a ban on the series for allegedly mocking Hindu deities.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP wrote in the complaint letter that ‘various groups and individuals have protested for ridiculing Hindu Gods and Goddesses in the Tandav web series. Comments on them have been passed’.
Former UP Chief Minister Mayawati turned to Twitter and wrote that the problematic scene should be deleted from the series in the interest of ‘peace and harmony.’
An FIR was also registered against the entire cast, including the director of the film, at the behest of several leaders of the ruling BJP and extremist Hindus.