Bollywood actor Konkona Sen Sharma took to her Twitter handle to express her disappointment over Supreme Court’s verdict on the controversial web series Tandav. On Wednesday, the higher courts rejected the pleas of the makers and casts who asked for interim protection. They had also asked for dismissing the FIRs filed against them for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
Actor Siddharth Agarwal who plays the role of Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub said he has no say in the dialogues that are narrated by him. To this, the court said: “You cannot take up a role without reading the script. You cannot play a role hurting religious sentiments of others. Your right to freedom of speech is not absolute. You cannot play the role of a character that hurts the sentiments of a community.”
Reacting to this, Konkona said: “Almost all involved in the show have read the script and signed the contract! Let’s arrest the whole cast and crew?” Gauahar Khan, who is also a part of this web series commented on the actor’s post with emojis.
A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah heard the pleas of many petitioners and issued notices to UP, MP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Bihar and Delhi and the police officers probing the complaints.
The SC directed the makers and actors too seek bail from courts concerned in the FIRs. They have been booked in Lucknow under sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race and so on), 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 501 (1)(B) (public mischief with intent to cause fear or alarm) of the IPC and under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act.
In a related note, Tandav is a nine-episode political thriller starring Bollywood A-listers Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, started streaming last week. At the centre of the row is a scene with Zeeshan Ayyub, in the role of college student Shiva, playing the Hindu god Mahadev in a theatre production.