Tandav stirs controversy, but it’s not the only one


A Muslim boy and a Hindu lady kissing in The Suitable Boy, the identify of a canine in Pataal Lok, a Pakistani actor in a starring function in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil… Amazon Prime Video’s Tandav is the newest in an extended line of movies and internet collection which have discovered themselves in hassle for one motive or one other.

Tandav, a nine-episode political thriller starring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, began streaming final week and is neck deep in hassle with loud requires its boycott and an FIR in opposition to its makers in Lucknow. At the centre of the row is a scene with Zeeshan, in the function of faculty scholar Shiva, enjoying the Hindu god Mahadev in a theatre manufacturing.

Here are another showbiz choices that confronted boycott calls lately:

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The Karan Johar-directed romantic drama confronted threats from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) as a result of it featured Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. The celebration mentioned Pakistani artistes would not be allowed to work in India publish the Uri terror assault. Johar needed to challenge an apology and promise he would not “engage with talent” from Pakistan for the movie’s clean launch in October 2016. The filmmaker, one of Bollywood’s strongest, had earlier confronted hassle for utilizing “Bombay” as an alternative of “Mumbai” in a scene in Wakeup Sid.


The Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie led to an enormous political controversy earlier than its launch with fringe group Karni Sena demanding a ban on the film, blaming it for distorting historic details on Padmavati. Bhansali’s film’s set in Kolhapur was set on hearth and the director was manhandled whereas capturing the film in Jaipur. At one level, actor Deepika Padukone confronted threats to her life with a bounty being placed on her head following a hearsay that the movie depicted a love scene between Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. The director made strenuous efforts to disclaim the hearsay. The film additionally underwent a title change from Padmavati to Padmaavat and launched in January 2018.

Bhansali additionally confronted points together with his movie Ramleela and needed to change the identify to Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.


The Deepika Padukone starrer, a real story of an acid assault survivor, confronted protests and requires boycott on social media as a result of the actor visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Campus to precise solidarity with the college students after a brutal assault on them by masked goons forward of the movie’s launch on January 10, 2020. Padukone, who did not converse at the protest, was known as “anti-national”. There was additional controversy with many accusing filmmaker Meghna Gulzar of fixing the identify of the perpetrator from a Muslim to Hindu, which was not the case.

A Suitable Boy

The Mira Nair-directed internet collection based mostly on Vikram Seth’s novel streamed on Netflix from October 23, 2020, and earned the ire of a number of politicians for a scene displaying a Muslim boy kissing a Hindu lady in the backdrop of a temple. The present additionally led to a police criticism in opposition to Netflix India officers by Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha nationwide secretary Gaurav Tiwari in MP. State Home Minister Narottam Mishra had requested the state police to look at whether or not the scenes had been filmed in a temple because it harm the sentiments of a selected group.

Paatal Lok

Like Tandav, the present on Amazon Prime Video additionally checked out the nexus between media, politics and police. Set in Delhi, the Anushka Sharma-produced present, which began streaming from May 15, 2020, stirred controversy with BJP MLA Nandkishor Gurjar submitting a criticism for allegedly utilizing his {photograph} in the collection with out his permission. Moreover, the hashtag ‘ban Paatal Lok’ trended on social media for its depiction of communal points, beef lynching and different points. There had been additionally objections to a pet canine being named ‘Savitri’.


The 2019 Netflix present by Deepa Mehta was based mostly on a novel by Prayaag Akbar. Featuring Huma Qureshi in the lead function, it was known as “anti Hindu” for depicting the dystopian way forward for Aryavarta the place purity of blood is enforced. The present’s protagonist searches for her daughter, who was taken away from her for being a toddler of an inter-faith marriage.

Sacred Games

One of the first profitable regionally produced collection on Netflix in 2018 and 2019, Sacred Games attracted many controversies throughout its two season run. A Congress celebration member filed an FIR in opposition to the present for allegedly insulting former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The second season was criticised for hurting the spiritual sentiments of Sikhs. BJP chief Tajinder Pal Bagga filed an FIR in opposition to director Anurag Kashyap for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Sikhs, and Akali Dal’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa had additionally known as out the present. Besides this, Sacred Games was criticised for being anti-Hindu due to its portrayal of a personality known as Guruji, a non secular chief proven as being a person of questionable morals and beliefs.

Lipstick Under My Burkha

The movie, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, was initially denied a launch in India in 2017, after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused a certificates, objecting to its depiction of intercourse scenes and abusive language. The movie launched in July 2017.


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