Under fire over his controversial Amazon Prime Video web series, Tandav, director Ali Abbas Zafar yesterday (19 January) released, what he called an 'unconditional apology'.
In the apology, Zafar wrote the standard response that the cast and crew did not intend to offend any sentiments of any "individual, caste, community, race, religion or religious beliefs" etc and ended the statement by saying that the Tandav team unconditionally apologises if it has unintentionally hurt anybody's statement.
This apology though was heavily panned by social media users who refused to accept the same and cited his repeated offences.
Many said that they are not accepting the apology and that the legal proceedings against the show should continue.
Multiple FIRs have been filed against the makers of Tandav and the head of Amazon Prime Originals over alleged denigration of Hinduism and ridiculing of Lord Shiva in the content. One of the cases have been filed in Uttar Pradesh and a team is already investigating the matter.
Following major outrage on social media, the Amazon officials have been summoned by the I&B ministry.
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