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.
Why is it becoming a trend amongst films and web series makers to demean Hindu gods? Latest culprit seems to be the series #Tandav. #SaifAliKhan again part of a film or series which attempts to target Hindu deities. Director Ali Abbas Zafar needs to remove that scene which mocks pic.twitter.com/AausBUh2ky— Ram Kadam – राम कदम (@ramkadam) January 17, 2021
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:
Watched 3 episodes of #TandavOnPrime last night and my mind is doing Tandav since then🤯— Sidharth Shukla (@sidharth_shukla) January 15, 2021
What a well-written show, with a gripping story-line. Aap bhi dekho 👍🏻@GAUAHAR_KHAN your character was so clear, witty and critical. Loved your performance.🙌 pic.twitter.com/DwKItwNJoE
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.
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.
OTT Platforms having absolute freedom from censorship has led to repeated attacks on Hindu sentiments which I strongly condemn.spoke to hon.@PrakashJavdekar ji & requested that OTT content be regulated in the interest of integrity of India & we are fast moving in that direction.— Manoj Kotak (@manoj_kotak) January 16, 2021
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.”
तांडव वेब सिरीज मालिके मध्ये झालेल्या हिंदु देव देवतांच्या विटंबनेच्या संदर्भात हिंदूच्या दुखावलेल्या भावने विरोधात मी या वेब सिरीज च्या निर्माता, दिगर्दरशक, अभिनेता यांच्या विरोधात FRI दाखल करण्यासाठी घाटकोपर चिरागनगर पोलिस ठाणे येथे 12. 30 जाणार आहेत.— Ram Kadam – राम कदम (@ramkadam) January 17, 2021
जैसे फ़िल्म और सीरियल की समीक्षा करने के लिए सेंसर बोर्ड की व्यवस्था है, वैसी ही व्यवस्था OTT प्लेटफार्म के सिरिज़ की समीक्षा के लिए बनाई जाए यह मांग करता हुआ पत्र श्री @PrakashJavdekar जी को लिख रहा हूँ— Ram Kadam – राम कदम (@ramkadam) January 17, 2021
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 Demands Ban Of Web Series 'Tandav', Claims It's Full Of Communal Hatred https://t.co/285y5FOJfI— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) January 17, 2021
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.
Movies like Manikarnika, Border, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Kesri, Bajirao Mastani, Tanaji will always inspire the generations to come.— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) January 17, 2021
But some element of bollywood has surely nefarious plans for the Hindus and our country.
Johar and his gang#BoycottBollywood@KanganaTeam
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.
मैं सैफ अली खान की आने वाली सभी फिल्मों का बहिष्कार करता हूँ— Arun Yadav (@beingarun28) January 16, 2021
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: news18.com)