Authorities are claiming that Amazon’s new Prime Video series “Tandav” contains religiously insensitive content. Many Indian politicians say that they have complained to the police or regulators about the company or the makers of the show.
The show follows a power-hungry politician who is ready to do anything to become the country’s prime minister. It is largely based on real political controversies that have spread throughout the country in the form of Hindu nationalism.
Kotak, who is a member of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that the makers of the show “deliberately mock Hindu gods.”
CNN Business has requested comment from both Amazon and Zuffer, the director of the series, but has not yet received a response.
The statement said, the cast and crew of ‘Tandava’ took cognizance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologized for hurting anyone’s feelings.
Steps of officials
“There will be a discussion on this,” a spokesperson told CNN Business.
The series has prompted other MPs to go to the police. Another BJP leader and local MLA in the state of Maharashtra, Ram Kadam, said he filed a police complaint in Mumbai over the weekend, accusing Amazon of “insulting religious sentiments” and “damaging the material”.
Local police confirmed that they had received Kadam’s complaint, but they had not yet started an investigation.
An important market
India is an important market for Amazon. This month, a company executive called the country “one of the world’s most exciting streaming markets right now”.
Original content is the key to a strategy that has more than 80 titles in production or development, Purohit told the outlet.
This is not the first time the Amazon has ventured into hot water in India.
The market, which takes place in the series, “A Suitable Boy,” depicts a young Hindu woman being kissed by a Muslim man on a Hindu temple. The show angered some viewers in India, leading to a police complaint against Netflix executives.
Netflix on Monday declined to comment about the current status of that complaint. A police officer said the investigation into the CNN business was ongoing.
He may force companies like Amazon and Netflix to follow restrictions on traditional media, such as rules about showing violence or nudity.
– CNN’s Vedika Sood contributed to this report.