March 03 : Saif Ali Khan and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub starrer Tandav has been tangled in political controversy ever since its release on Amazon Prime Video in January this year. The scene that drew most of the controversies depicted a college theatrical programme that led to allegations that the web series hurt religious sentiments of the people of India, and multiple FIRs were filed against the show. After the makers of the series issued an unconditional apology in January, now Amazon Prime Video India has also issued an unconditional apology for unintentionally hurting the sentiments of a particular community.
Amazon Prime Video India’s apology statement read, “Amazon Prime Video again deeply regrets that viewers considered certain scenes to be objectionable in the recently launched fictional series Tandav. This was never our intention, and the scenes that were objected to were removed or edited when they were brought to our attention.” The statement further read, “We respect our viewers' diverse beliefs and apologise unconditionally to anyone who felt hurt by these scenes. Our teams follow company content evaluation processes, which we acknowledge need to be constantly updated to better serve our audiences.”
The cast and the crew of the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial series apologised twice. Eventually, the team cut out the objectionable scenes from the series.
Tandav premiered on Amazon Prime Video on January 15, 2021. It stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kumud Mishra, among others.
Earlier, the Allahabad High Court rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by Aparna Purohit, head of content of Amazon Prime Video India over Tandav controversy. The petition was filed in connection with an FIR filed in Greater Noida, alleging that the makers of Tandav have hurt the religious sentiments of a particular community. Aparna Purohit has been booked in 10 FIRs filed across the country.