PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Bhopal, Jan 18: Madhya Pradesh minister Vishvas Sarang and state Assembly’s protem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma Monday ap-pealed to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar to ban Amazon Prime Video’s series
“Panda? for allegedly ridiculing Hindu deities. Talking to PTI, Sarang said it is “very unfortunate” that deities of a majority community are ridiculed like this. “A censor board is needed for the MT segmentas it is increasingly becoming popular,” he said. “I have written a letter to the in-formation and broadcasting (I &B) minister demanding a ban on this series. I also said there should be a law to control the on platforms,
” Sarang informed. The minister said he has also mailed a letter to the CEO of Amazon Prime to immediately withdraw the web series. “If they do not withdraw this web series, we will appeal to the so-ciety to boycott such OTT plat-forms. I request everyone to send mails in this regard to the CEO of the OTT platform,” he said. MP Assembly’s protem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma also urged Javadekar to ban “Tandav” web se-
ries, and said various organisa-tions and individuals have opposed it as it allegedly ridiculed the Hindu deities. “There should be a law in the country to stop the efforts to mock Hindu deities on such OTT platforms. Why people do not dare to mock other religions? Why are Hindu deities ridiculed every time?
This web series should be banned,” Sharma told PTI. Earlier, BJP MP Manoj Kotak and party’s Mumbai MLA Ram Kadam had also raised objections over the web series. “Tandav”, starring actors Saif All Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grovel Tigmanshu Dhulia,
Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Gaiihar Khan and Kritika Kamra, premiered on the
streaming platform Friday. Filmmaker All Abbas Zaar has created, directed and produced the political drama with Himanshu Kishan Mehra and it is written by Gaurav Solanki, best known for “Article 15”.
Taking cognisance of complaints over the web series, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Sunday sought an explanation from the Amazon Prime Video on the issue. The government recently brought OTT platforms, such as Nettix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar, besides other on-line news and current affairs con-tent, under the ambit of the I&B ministry, giving it powers to regu-late policies and rules for the dig-ital space.