FIR registered against web series 'Tandava'

An FIR has been filed against director Ali Abbas Jafar and writer Gaurav Solanki against the web series 'Tandava', which allegedly depicts a bad image of Hindu deities, which could spark religious frenzy. The FIR was lodged at the Hazratganj police station late Sunday night by senior sub-inspector Amarnath Yadav.

The complaint also includes Aparna Purohit, India head of original content from Amazon Prime, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra and another anonymous person. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central John, Somen Burma said, a police team from Hazratganj will leave for Mumbai on Monday to investigate and interrogate the people named in the FIR.

Those named in the FIR are accused of promoting enmity between different groups on the basis of religion, caste, place of birth. The FIR states that there is a rage on social media against the content of the web series released on January 16 and people are posting clippings.

The complainant said, after watching the series, it was found that in the 17th minute of episode 1, the characters portraying Hindu deities were misrepresented and using abusive language, which could provoke religious violence. The FIR states that an attempt was made to ignite caste clashes in the 22nd minute of the same episode.

A man holding a prestigious position like the Prime Minister has been shown in a very derogatory manner throughout the web series. Yadav said in his FIR that the web series has tried to destroy the social fabric of the country and create tension.