Tandav Controversy : The government took action on a web series for the first time
The full form of OTT is Over The Top. It is a medium of providing entertainment content over the top of the internet. Today, there are so many OTT platforms, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Soni Liv, Voot Select etc.
The recent headline is made by a web series ‘Tandav’ which is streaming on Amazon Prime. The controversy revolves around Tandav because of the FIRs lodged by people against it in different regions of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra etc.
Seeing FIRs lodged, aggression shown and protests made by the people, the government took action on a web series for the first time ever in the history of OTT platforms and ordered its makers to remove the controversial scenes. With this, Tandav became the first web series, in whose matter, the government intervened and ordered to remove some scenes out of it.
The controversial scenes were –
Scene 1 : The first controversy is from a scene in the first episode of season 1 of Tandav. In this scene, actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub plays the role of Lord Shiva on the stage in a function in his college. In this, he says to Narad that he has less followers than Lord Rama on social media and asks as to how to increase the followers. In reply, Narad tells him to tweet something controversial. After this, both of them talk about raising slogans of independence – independence in the college campus. Although it has been told throughout the scene that they want independence from poverty, unemployment and caste discrimination. Actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub also spoke many objectionable words while playing the role of Lord Shiva.
Scene 2 : The second controversy is from a scene in the eighth episode of season 1 of Tandav. In this scene, actor Sandhya Mridul shares some talks of her ex-husband with her boyfriend and Dalit politician actor Anoop Soni. In this, she says that once her ex-husband told her that a lower caste man dates an upper class woman, just to get revenge.
But are there any laws for controlling content on OTT platforms?
Actually ‘No’. Unlike films, web series have no board over there to take certificates from before their release.