Sports Ministry nixes signing of MoU with Amazon Prime after controversy over ‘Tandav’ film

New Delhi, 18 January: The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has decided not to sign an important memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Amazon India on Tuesday amid a controversy over a web series ‘Tandava’ allegedly hurting religious sentiments of people.

Indeed, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs was planning to launch a fitness-related series with OTT platform Amazon Prime under the Fit India Movement launched in August 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, keeping physical fitness in mind.

In this series, there were plans to attract youth towards sports and fitness using videos of ‘Fit India’.

According to sources attached to the ministry, an MoU was also to be signed on Tuesday January 19 between Amazon Prime and the Sports Ministry. Following the uproar over the ‘Tandava’ web series, the ministry has decided not to enter into an agreement with Amazon.

The web series ‘Tandav’, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and premiered on Amazon Prime Video, has been in trouble since its release over its content wherein hurting Hindu sentiments and making fun of the Hindu Gods have been portrayed. After which the demand to ban it has been continuously on the road from social media.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued a notice on the silence of Amazon Prime Video amid growing political controversy and police complaints. Now Amazon Prime has to answer in terms of showing content that promotes religious and caste hatred.

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