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Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Tandav’ created by Ali Abbas Zafar, lands into controversy

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Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Tandav’ lands into controversy for ‘offending’ religious sentiments. Here are a few comments from people who appreciated the show and others who stand against it.

The ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ director Ali Abbas Zafar’s web show ‘Tandav’, that released this Friday, is caught into a controversy for allegedly offending Hindu religious sentiments. A particular scene wherein actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is performing on stage appearing as Lord Shiva, is heard saying, “Azaadi, what the…?” a section of people have taken an offence over the scene.

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Viewers are of the belief that the makers were attempting to mock and target the Hindu deity, even as hashtag #BoycottTandav trended. Leaders & celebrities have joined the chorus to ‘ban’ the web series. While there is a section of other people who have appreciated the show. Let’s sample a few reactions:

TV star Sidharth Sidharth Shukla praised the web series calling it a ‘well-written show, with a gripping story-line.’ “Watched 3 episodes of Tandav on Prime last night and my mind is doing Tandav since then. What a well-written show, with a gripping story-line. You should also watch. Gauhar Khan your character was so clear, witty and critical. Loved your performance,” the actor tweeted.

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Also cricketer Harbhajan Singh praised Sunil Grovar’s acting calling it a brilliant performance. “Sunil Grovar paaji, what a brilliant performance in Tandav on prime video in. Some of your dialogues were like a googly, totally unexpected,” Harbhajan Singh wrote in a tweet.

MP from Maharashtra Manoj Kotak condemned the web series calling for Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar to regulate the OTT platforms. “OTT Platforms having absolute freedom from censorship has led to repeated attacks on Hindu sentiments which I strongly condemn. spoke to hon. Prakash Javdekar ji and requested that OTT content be regulated in the interest of integrity of India & we are fast moving in that direction.”

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Politician Ram Kadam commented that: There has been a continuous attempt at defaming Hindu deities. Knowing that the people are patient, the people in film industry make attempt at defaming the God and Godess. We won’t tolerate this. They should apologise and people should boycott the TV series. Ban the series. Come down on your knees and apologise to the people of the country. Insult of Hindu Gods and goddesses will not be tolerated. He also added that he will register a police complaint against the web series.

BJP leader Kapil Mishra alleged that Tandav is full of ‘communal hatred’ against Hindus. In a tweet, he requested people to write to Prakash Javadekar appealing for a ban on the web series.

BJP (state) spokesperson Gaurav Goel said that “some elements of Bollywood has surely nefarious plans for the Hindus and our country”; called for boycott of Tandav.

BJP leader from Haryana Arun Yadav said that he will boycott all the upcoming movies of Saif Ali Khan.

Many others also joined, called for boycott of the web series Tandav, the web show produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar.

Web series Tandav released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday. Produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar, the 9 episode season 1 of the political drama features a strong ensemble cast including Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea Kumud Mishra, Gauahar Khan, Amyra Dastur, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Sandhya Mridul, Annup Sonii, Hitten Ttejwani, Paresh Pahuja, and Shonali Nagrani among others. (with inputs from:

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