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Amazon issues rare apology after complaints that
series hurt Hindu beliefs
Amazon's Prime Video streaming service issued a rare apology to its Indian viewers for some scenes in its
original political drama series "Tandav", which allegedly offended Hindu religious beliefs
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Prime Video streaming service on Tuesday issued a rare apology to its
Indian viewers for some scenes in its original political drama series "Tandav", which allegedly offended Hindu
"Tandav", a Hindi word meaning "fury", stars top Bollywood actors. In several states it has faced police complaints
and court cases alleging the show had depicted Hindu gods and goddesses in a derogatory manner, and offended
religious beliefs. Lawmakers from India's ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party have also criticised it.
In a statement titled "Amazon Prime Video Apologizes", the company on Tuesday said it deeply regrets viewers
considered certain scenes to be objectionable.
Amazon apologizes "unconditionally to anyone who felt hurt," it said, adding that it will continue to develop content
while respecting the diversity of audiences' culture and beliefs.
The "Tandav" controversy escalated last week when police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh questioned one
of Amazon's top executives for hours in one case filed against the show.
Asked about the company apology, a senior state police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said
authorities would continue investigating the matter.
Shows on streaming platforms such as Netflix Inc and Amazon Prime have often faced complaints in India for
obscenity or offending beliefs, but the latest controversy involving the Amazon show "Tandav" is among the