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‘Anti-Dalit’, ‘Full of communal hatred against Hindus’: BJP leader calls for ban on Tandav

The political thriller series has been accused of spreading communal hatred and mocking a Hindu deity

Published: 16th January 2021
‘Anti-Dalit’, ‘Full of communal hatred against Hindus’: BJP leader calls for ban on Tandav

A little over a day since launch, Amazon Prime Video’s Tandav has been mired in controversy. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the 9-part series is a political thriller set in Delhi. The show is fronted by Saif Ali Khan (as politician Samar Pratap Singh) and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (as student activist-turned-leader Shiva Shekhar). 

On Saturday, BJP leader Kapil Mishra accused the show of being ‘anti Dalit’ and ‘full of communal hatred against Hindus’. In the show, there’s a scene where Anup Sonii’s character, a Dalit politician, is himilitaed by an upper-caste PM, played by Tigmanshu Dhulia. 

“Tandav is anti Dalit and full of communal hatred against Hindus Please write to @PrakashJavdekar ji Email : minister.inb@gov.in,” Kapil Mishra wrote. He ended his tweet with the hashtag #BanTandavNow. 

Elsewhere, sections of Twitter have been offended by a scene where Zeeshan is seen playing Lord Shiva on stage. Detractors have objected to the line, “Azaadi, what the…?”, saying it creates a ‘mockery’ of the Hindu deity. 


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