The ongoing controversy over Amazon Prime Video India’s political drama “Tandav” has taken a new twist, with a decision being taken to change some of the content.
“We have utmost respect for the sentiments of the people of our country. We did not intend to hurt or offend the sentiments of any individual, caste, community, race, religion, or religious beliefs or insult or outrage any institution, political party or person, living or dead,” said an official statement from the cast and crew of “Tandav,” released via series creator Ali Abbas Zafar’s Twitter account.
“The cast and crew of ‘Tandav’ have made the decision to implement changes to the web series to address the concerns raised towards the same. We thank the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for guidance and support in the matter. We once again apologize if the series has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments.”
The series, which premiered Jan. 15, quickly ran afoul of Hindu nationalist politicians who objected to a scene depicting the Hindu God Shiva in a play, with the deity being played by Muslim actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. The series lead is Saif Ali Khan.
The cast and crew apologized on Monday.
More to come.
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