Actor and comedian Sunil Grover, who starred in Amazon Prime Video's series 'Tandav', recently reacted to the controversy over the scene which allegedly hurt religious sentiments and said that he now has '20 filters' in his brains to make sure no one is offended.
'Tandav', a nine-episode political thriller also starring Bollywood A-listers Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, was accused of depicting Hindu gods in an objectionable manner. This led to multiple FIRs and furious allegations that it hurt religious sentiments.
Sunil, in a recent interview with Bollywood Hungama, opened up about the controversy and said that he has always tried to take up 'safe subjects' as he feels that nobody's sentiments should be hurt.
The actor, however, is now even more careful, he said.
Sunil, who played Gurpal Chauhan in the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial, added that there is no control over how people react to things. Explaining his point further, Grover said that due to the impact of social media and "some other unknown reasons", people tend to react differently.
The 'Gabbar Is Back' actor then spoke about creative expression and said that makers can try, but how people will react to it cannot be known.
Earlier this year, three FIRs were registered in Uttar Pradesh in Noida, Lucknow and Shahjahanpur, besides two in Madhya Pradesh and one each in Bihar and Karnataka. Criminal complaints were also lodged in Delhi, Maharashtra and Chandigarh over the 9-episode political thriller.
The FIRs mention that the show portrayed the Hindu deity, Shiva, in a "poor light," as the actor playing him on the screen was shown using foul language.
The makers of the political saga had issued an unconditional apology and the streamer had said that "deeply regrets" the fact that viewers considered certain scenes to be objectionable. The said scenes were removed from the show.
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