Thursday, February 25, 2021

Indian Amazon Prime show agrees to changes after outcry over religious sensitivities

The cast and crew have agreed to make changes in order to comply with the demands of the politicians and parties that say it crosses religious lines.

Other News

Tidak perlu surat polis rentas negeri hantar anak ke asrama

Ibu bapa hanya perlu menunjukkan surat yang dikeluarkan pihak sekolah semasa melalui sekatan jalan raya.

No police permit needed to cross borders for school

Parents only need to show letters issued by the schools at police roadblocks.

Kes baru Covid-19 jatuh bawah 2,000

12 lagi kematian dicatatkan.

New cases drop below 2,000 mark

12 more deaths reported.

MIC leader questions ‘fickle-minded’ Umno chiefs

MIC deputy president M Saravanan says the party will only decide based on discussions in Barisan Nasional.

The cast and crew of a popular streaming series starring Bollywood megastar Saif Ali Khan have agreed to “implement changes” to the show after ruling party politicians accused it of insulting Hindu gods.

The Amazon Prime drama “Tandav” – loosely compared to the US series “House of Cards” – drew criticism from members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party after its Friday release.

Several BJP politicians called for the show to be banned, saying it was “deliberately mocking Hindu gods” and disrespecting religious sentiments.

One of the criticised scenes depicts a university play in which Hindu deity Shiva talks about “azaadi” (freedom), a rallying cry from 2019’s anti-government protests across the country.

“The cast and crew of Tandav have made the decision to implement changes to the web series to address the concerns raised,” director Ali Abbas Zafar wrote in a post on Twitter late Tuesday.

The cast and crew also apologised on Monday, with Zafar saying that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had told the team it had received “a large number of grievances and petitions… with serious concerns and apprehensions” over the series.

“‘Tandav’ is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental,” he said Monday.

The petitioners include Ram Kadam, a BJP lawmaker in Mumbai, who said he was “fighting for Hindu pride and trying to ensure that nobody dare to mock our Hindu Gods”.

Leading streaming platforms, including Netflix, Amazon and Disney’s Hotstar, have expanded their presence in the country of 1.3 billion, including by commissioning local content.

The streaming TV services are not subject to the country’s notoriously fussy censor boards, which regularly cut scenes.

But there have been growing calls, particularly from BJP politicians, for the shows to be subject to the same scrutiny.

The most recent controversy involved the BBC’s TV version of Vikram Seth’s epic bestselling novel, “A Suitable Boy”, which is streaming on Netflix, over a scene where a Hindu girl kisses a Muslim boy in front of a temple.

A BJP politician in November filed a police complaint saying the show had hurt Hindus’ religious sentiments.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/malaysianow

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

Climate activist, ‘the face of India’s crackdown on dissent’, granted bail after arrest

Activists have called her arrest a warning to those who want to show support for anti-government protests and an 'attack on democracy'.

Indian vaccine makers say they can quickly adapt jabs to tackle variants

India is the world’s biggest maker of vaccines, and its companies have promised to produce billions of doses of Covid-19 shots.

India, China pull back frontline forces from disputed border lake

The two countries have an agreement not to use guns or explosives along the border, so clashes between troops have seen stones and nail-studded clubs used as weapons.

3 syarikat gergasi global bakal bina pusat data berskala hiper di Malaysia

Microsoft, Google dan Amazon diberikan kelulusan bersyarat untuk membina dan mengurus pusat data dan perkhidmatan awam.

3 global digital giants to set up large-scale data centres in Malaysia

Microsoft, Google and Amazon have been given conditional approval to set up and manage hyper-scale data centres and cloud services in the country.