This content material was revealed on February 23, 2021 – 15:23
By Saurabh Sharma and Shilpa Jamkhandikar
LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – Indian police within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh questioned a prime Amazon govt for almost 4 hours on Tuesday over allegations that one among its political dramas on Prime Video damage spiritual sentiments and induced public anger.
Reveals on streaming platforms resembling Netflix and Amazon Prime have usually confronted complaints in India, a key development market, for obscenity or hurting sentiment, however the newest controversy involving the Amazon present “Tandav” is among the many highest-profile instances.
“Tandav”, a political drama starring prime Bollywood actors, has in a number of states confronted police complaints and courtroom instances alleging the present had depicted Hindu gods and goddesses in a derogatory method, and damage spiritual sentiment.
The drama has additionally confronted criticism from lawmakers of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling celebration.
In Uttar Pradesh, police questioned Amazon India’s head of authentic content material for its Prime streaming service Aparna Purohit over comparable allegations at a police station on Tuesday.
Amazon declined to remark, and Purohit didn’t take questions from reporters outdoors the police station.
A state police officer advised Reuters that Purohit had advised police an apology had been issued and scenes that involved the general public had been edited out after its launch in January.
Whereas the present has angered some, the complaints in opposition to the drama and Purohit’s questioning by police have additionally induced grave issues amongst India’s vibrant movie trade, the place many see this as an assault on free speech.
One Bollywood producer criticized police motion on Tuesday, saying such incidents had been unnerving.
“You by no means know when you can be subsequent in line for a scene that you just by no means thought could be offensive,” stated the producer, who declined to be named.
Amazon is individually dealing with the ire of small retailers in India, who’ve known as for a ban on its operations.
Reuters final week reported that the U.S. agency had for years given preferential therapy to a small group of sellers on its India platform and used them to avoid the nation’s strict overseas funding laws. (http://reut.rs/2OCOT2W)
Amazon has denied any wrongdoing and stated it complies with Indian regulation.
(Enhancing by Euan Rocha and Jan Harvey)