Indian police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday questioned a top Amazon executive for nearly four hours over allegations that one of his political dramas on Prime Video had hurt religious feelings and angered the public.
Shows on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have often been the subject of complaints in India, a key growing market, for obscenity or hurtful sentiment, but the latest controversy involving the Amazon Tandav show is among the most publicized cases.
Tandav, a political drama starring the best actors in Bollywood, has faced police complaints and lawsuits in several states, alleging that the show depicted Hindu gods and goddesses in a derogatory and hurtful manner. religious sentiment.
The drama has also been criticized by lawmakers from India’s ruling Hindu Nationalist Party.
In Uttar Pradesh, police on Tuesday questioned Amazon India’s original content manager for its Prime streaming service Aparna Purohit about similar allegations at a police station.
Amazon declined to comment and Purohit did not respond to questions from reporters outside the police station.
A state police officer told Reuters that Purohit told police an apology was issued and that scenes that concerned the public were deleted after its release in January.
Although the show angered some, the complaints about the drama and the police interrogation of Purohit have also raised serious concerns among India’s animated film industry, where many see it as an attack on the film. freedom of expression.
A Bollywood producer slammed the police action on Tuesday, saying such incidents were baffling.
“You never know when you’ll be next on a stage that you never thought would be offensive,” said the producer, who declined to be named.
Amazon is separately facing the wrath of small retailers in India, who have called for a ban on its activities.
Last week, Reuters reported that the U.S. company had for years granted preferential treatment to a small group of sellers on its Indian platform and used them to circumvent the country’s strict foreign investment regulations.
Amazon has denied any wrongdoing and said it complies with Indian law.
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