Amazon Prime’s controversial exhibits Tandav and Mirzapur have been targets of authorized challenges in Maharastra and Uttar Pradesh
The FIRs have been filed towards Amazon on the grounds of injuring spiritual sentiments, abusive content material and extra
I&B Ministry has summoned Amazon Prime Video officers to debate the difficulty
Amazon Prime Video faces authorized warmth after a collection of FIRs and authorized challenges have been filed towards its controversial internet collection Tandav and Mirzapur in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. Following this, the knowledge and broadcasting (I&B) ministry is alleged to have summoned Amazon India executives in relation to the controversies.
The event got here to mild after a number of Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) leaders alleged Saif Ali Khan-starrer internet collection Tandav was hurting Hindu spiritual sentiments, urging authorities to take away the content material.“I’ve determined to write down a letter to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar concerning this subject and also will point out that every one the OTT platforms have to be introduced beneath censorship,” stated BJP chief Ram Kadam.
Amazon Entangled In Tandav Mess
Stating that strict motion must be taken towards the actor, director and producer of Tandav, Kadam added, “One of many actors has used Lord shiva’s Trishul and Damru in an objectionable method, which has damage the feelings of Hindus,” The BJP chief earlier had claimed to file an FIR, however was detained on the Mumbai police station.
One other BJP chief Kapil Mishra took the difficulty to Twitter, the place he said that he has issued a authorized discover to Amazon India to right away take away Tandav from its platform or face prison actions.
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) January 18, 2021
The makers of Tandav had issued an apology assertion and stated that any alleged offensive content material is solely unintentional, because the present is barely a piece of fiction.
Mirzapur Continues To Face Push Again
In a separate case earlier immediately (January 19, 2021), one other FIR was filed towards the makers of Mirzapur for allegedly exhibiting Uttar Pradesh’s district with the identical title in a foul mild.
In accordance with The Wire, one of many complainants towards Amazon’s Mirzapur present lodged by a neighborhood journalist Arvind Chaturvedi at Mirzapur’s Kotwali (Dehat) police station said that the present hurts spiritual sentiments, promotes social enmity, showcases abusive content material and presents illicit relationships on the display.
Will OTT Platforms See Censorship?
Within the backdrop of those controversies, there are some fears that the OTT platforms will quickly come beneath the censorship regime of mainstream movies and exhibits. Reveals similar to Netflix’s Indian authentic collection Leila and Sacred Video games have come beneath the scanner from some teams in India and are going through court docket challenges over alleged offensive content material and insulting remarks.
Beforehand, even Netflix’s collection A Appropriate Boy made headlines for a similar purpose, ‘hurting spiritual sentiments.’ Additionally, when Netflix launched its docuseries referred to as Dangerous Boy Billionaires, one of many episodes portraying B Ramalinga Raju was faraway from the present due to the court docket orders.