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BJP leaders demand ban on web series ‘Tandav’ for ‘Mocking Hindu Gods’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: Recently released web series on Amazon Prime has attracted controversies for allegedly ‘insulting Hindu gods and goddesses’. Joining the row, two BJP politicians; Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam and BJP MP Manoj Kotak, have lodged a complaint against the creators, actors and director web series – which stars Saif Ali Khan and Dimple Kapadia.

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MLA Ram Kadam in his complaint at the Ghatkopar police station in Mumbai, urged authorities to take “strict action” against the actors, producers and director of the show. In his complaint the politician referred to scenes which allegedly mocked Lord Shiva, and demanded them to be deleted and that Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, another actors in the series should render their apologises.

Whereas, BJP MP Manoj Kotak, also wrote a letter to the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, asking for a ban on ‘Tandav’ and a regulatory authority for OTT platforms at large as he said were “full of sex, violence, drugs, abuse and hate (and) sometimes also hurt sentiments of Hindus…”

“I am going to Ghatkopar Police Station to file an FIR against the creators, actors and director of this web series (who have) hurt the feelings of Hindus (and) desecrated Hindu deities in the Tandava web series,” Ram Kadam tweeted this morning.

“Why every time in movies and web series Hindu gods and goddesses are insulted? The latest example is ‘Tandav’ (and) Saif Ali Khan is once again part of a film or series that has (hurt) Hindu sentiments,” he had added.

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“It seems that the makers of Tandav are deliberately mocking Hindu Gods and disrespecting Hindu religious sentiments,” Kotak wrote in his complaint. He also claimed that the lack of censorship on online platforms is leading to repeated attacks on Hindu sentiments.

In his letter, Kotak had also pointed out a need for an “urgent need to regulate” the digital platforms, that are taking “undue advantage” of the freedom they enjoy. “There is no law or autonomous body governing OTT platforms. Programmed telecasts on OTT Platform is full of Sex, Violence, Drugs, Abuse, Hate and Vulgarity. Sometimes they also hurt the sentiments of Hindu and religious sentiments,” his letter read.

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