India’s Karni Sena has announced an award prize of Rs.1 crore for anyone who will slit the tongue of makers of web series Tandav.
Maharashtra Karni Sena chief, Ajay Sengar, has offered “Rs 1 crore reward to anyone who slits tongue of those who insults Hindu gods and goddesses in the web series.”
Sengar says the apology of the production team of Tandav is not enough and ‘will not be accepted’.
The lead actor of the show, Saif Ali Khan, has been provided with additional security following the threats released by the fringe group.
Karni Sena announces Rs 1 crore award for anyone who ‘cuts tongue’ of Tandav makershttps://t.co/OVEyGzuBUD
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Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan had been in the crosshairs of Hindu nationalists for allegedly ridiculing a Hindu god in the web series, Tandav, released on the online streaming platform, Amazon Prime.
An official from India’s ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party, has registered an FIR against the Amazon Prime web series for allegedly insulting the Hindu god and hurting the religious sentiments of people.
According to an Indian publication, The Wire, director Ali Abbas Zafar, producer Himanshu Krishan Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki, and others had been named in the FIR. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up outside Saif Ali Khan’s house, owing to the possible attack on the actor by Hindu extremists. “Saif appears to have been given additional security amid mounting controversy around his show Tandav,” said the article published in Hindustan Times.
Following the backlash, Director Ali Abbas Zafar had issued an apology with the promise of making the changes in the web series.
“The cast and crew of Tandav have decided to implement the changes to the web series to address the concerns raised towards the same,” he had posted on social media. “We thank the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the guidance & support in the matter. We once again apologize if the series has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments,” added Zafar.
#Breaking | 'Whoever cuts the tongue of 'Tandav' makers will be awarded Rs 1cr', Karni Sena makes a violent call.
Kajal Iyer with details. pic.twitter.com/7TitXNEM7s
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Karni Sena has not the first time assaulted the Bollywood. Earlier, the group had widely protested against Deepika Padukone starrer Padmavat.
Similar accusations of disrespecting legendary Hindu queen were leveled against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. They had threatened to cut the nose of Padukone.
Countrywide protests were organized against the film. Padukone spoke out against the protests and called India ‘a regressive country’.