Makers of Tandav to go for changes in series

NEW DELHI: Following a second meeting with the officials of the ministry of information and broadcasting on Tuesday, makers of the political web series ‘Tandav’ said the crew has decided to “implement changes to the web series to address the concerns raised”. The announcement of the cuts follow an unconditional apology and detailed explanation the content creators had issued on Monday.

In a fresh statement on behalf of Team ‘Tandav’ less than 24 hours later, director Abbas Ali Zafar said, “We have the utmost respect for the sentiments of the people of our country. 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.”

His statement added, “The cast and crew have made the decision to implement changes to the web series to address the concerns raised towards the same. We thank the ministry of information and broadcasting for the guidance and support in the matter. We once again apologise if the series has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments.”

With ministry officials engaging with Amazon Prime Video, the platform streaming the series, and the content creators, to “resolve concerns” for a second day, the team eventually agreed to weed out the controversial content. The web series had invited criticism over allegations that it “insulted Hindu gods and goddesses”.