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After issuing an apology for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, the makers of Amazon Prime Video’s web series, Tandav, on January 20 deleted the scenes which were found objectionable. The makers agreed to effect changes to address the concerns raised, after a second virtual meeting with officials of the I & B ministry on January 19. Following the first meeting with officials of the ministry, producer-director Ali Abbas Zafar and producer Himanshu Mehra issued an apology on 18th, and a detailed explanation less than 24 hours after the issuance of the apology. In the detailed explanation, Ali Abbas Zafar said, “We have the utmost respect for the sentiments of the people. We did not intend to hurt or 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 statement added, “The cast and crew of Tandav have decided to implement changes to address the concerns raised towards the same. We thank the I & B ministry for guidance and support in the matter. We once again apologise if the series has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments.” The deletions were then effected on 20th January.

The series ran into a controversy as some people felt that it insulted Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

Meanwhile, a third FIR was lodged on 18th January against the makers and actors of the web series at Rabupura police station in Greater NOIDA. Earlier, two FIRs had been filed, one each in Lucknow and Shahjahanpur. Balbir Azad, a resident of Rabupura, filed the third complaint. He was earlier associated with the BSP. Azad’s complaint said that the series adversely affected the image of the U.P. police and portrayed Hindu deities in an indecent manner. Similarly, a case against Ali Abbas Zafar and writer Gaurav Solanki was registered at the Omti police station in Jabalpur on 19th.