'Tandav' Cast And Crew's 'Unconditional Apology' After FIR

'Tandav' Cast And Crew's 'Unconditional Apology' After FIR

Earlier on Monday, January 18 an FIR was registered against Amazon Prime's India head of original content Aparna Purohit, director of web series 'Tandav' Ali Abbas Zafar, its producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki and others at Lucknow's Hazratganj Kotwali for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

According to reports, the charges include promoting enmity between different religious groups, race, place of birth, making destruction, damage, or defilement of a place of worship or an object held sacred. The charges further entail forgery for purpose of harming reputation, statements that could bring public mischief, intent to threaten the unity, integrity, security or sovereignty of India, and strike terror section of the people.

This had come after two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders allegedly had raised an issue against the Saif Ali Khan-starrer web series 'Tandav'. 

Now the makers have issued a statement in this regards. The statement reads, "We have been closely monitoring viewer reactions to the web series ‘Tandav’ and today during a discussion, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting have 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.

 The web series ‘Tandav’ is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental. 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".

This statement has been shared by the director of the series Ali Abbas Zafar on his Instagram handle as well. 

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