The makers of Tandav web series, in a statement said any offence was unintentional and that the series was a work of fiction with any resemblance to acts and persons and events purely coincidental.
Uttar Pradesh police registered a case against the Amazon Prime web series Tandav on charges of inciting secularism and defaming a place of worship. The series, which stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, was released on Friday. The series quickly triggered outrage, a comment from the UP Chief Minister’s office that was seen as a warning and renewed calls to regulate OTT content.
The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said it had sought an explanation from Amazon Prime following a complaint. The action is based on the case registered in Lucknow.
According to the complaint, the controversy erupted in the 17th minute of the first episode of the web series. The complaint alleges that in the same episode there were conversations leading to caste conflict and in other episodes there were similar scenes.
Tandav creator Ali Abbas Zafar issued an apology on behalf of the cast and crew of the Amazon web series in Twitter.