Makers of ‘Tandav’ Issue a Heartfelt Apology

After stirring an uproar in India, especially within the BJP, the makers of the web series, Tandav, have issued an unconditional apology.

In recent news, the makers of Tandav received considerable backlash from the Hindu BJP leaders who believed that the web series was insulting Hindu gods and goddesses. Realizing this uproar, the makers have issued an unconditional apology for hurting religious sentiments.

“We have been closely monitoring viewer reactions to the web series Tandav and today during a discussion, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has informed us regarding a large number of grievances and petitions received on various facets of the web series with serious concerns and apprehensions regarding its content hurting the sentiments of the people,” read the official statement by the cast and crew of the Amazon Prime show, which was shared on Twitter by filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar.

He further apologized for offending the audience and that the web series, Tandav,  was a pure work of fiction so, any resemblance was merely a coincidence. “The cast and crew did not have any intention to 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. The cast and crew of Tandav take cognizance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments,” the statement added.

Moreover, Zafar gave the public an update by sharing that the makers were “in further engagement with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to resolve the concerns that have been raised. We value your continued patience and support, and should have a solution for Tandav shortly,” he stated.

The apology came shortly after the Hindu nationalist party, filed a police complaint against Tandav claiming that it was stirring religious controversy and threatening to launch protests. Moreover, an FIR had also been filed against director Ali Abbas Zafar, writer Gaurav Solanki, Amazon Prime’s India head of original content Aparna Purohit, and Tandav’s producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra.

Portrayed in Delhi, Tandav features an array of characters competing for political power. The show focuses on the story of Samar Pratap (Saif Ali Khan) and his quest to inherit the chair of PM from his father Devki Nandan (Tigmanshu Dhulia), who isn’t willing to retire yet.

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