Kangana Ranaut appears to have called for violence in response to the controversy surrounding Amazon Prime Video web series Tandav. In a now deleted tweet posted on Monday, 18 January, the actor wrote, "Because even Lord Krishna forgave 99 mistakes of Sheshupala... pehle shanti phir kranti (first peace then vengence)... time to take their heads off.. Jai Shri Krishan..." She was responding to a tweet by Twitter user @TheAtulMishra.
"Time to take their h€@d off"?? Seriously?
A celebrity @KanganaTeam with 3+ Million followers tries to openly instigating violence, She retweets her own tweet so that it reaches wider audience. Later deletes it.
Cc : @misskaul, @TwitterSafety, @vijaya
will there be any action? pic.twitter.com/zIQdcP8pul
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) January 18, 2021
Team Saath, an organisation that works to prevent online abuse, trolling and harassment, posted a screenshot of the tweet condemning Kangana's words.
TeamSAATH strongly condemns this call for violence from @KanganaTeam. Disliking OTT content is no reason to justify violence. Since she's (hopefully) realized her mistake & deleted the Tweet, we will be prompted to report to @Twitter if this is repeated. pic.twitter.com/ekSS9Q2EoB
— Team Saath Official (@TeamSaath) January 18, 2021
Other Twitter users also criticised the actor's incendiary words and appealed to Twitter to suspend her account for "spreading hate". Some also requested the Mumbai Police to take cognisance of the matter.
Hey @TwitterIndia @Twitter, this handle has been spreading hate repeatedly and you let that be? She deleted a tweet openly saying that it's ‘time to take their heads off’?!! You should be wary of promoting such handles! https://t.co/VKBlMaBedq
— Sayema (@_sayema) January 18, 2021
Wht rubbish is Kangana upto!Send them to jail for making a series tht doesn’t agree with ur so called religious views.Well I am a hindu n found every content in #tandav the reality of India under Modi.She is now the new judge,jury n executioner of India.Someone stop her nonsense. https://t.co/PzH8Ycc2E8
— namita akhauri (@namitaakhauri) January 18, 2021
@MumbaiPolice This deleted tweet must be flagged by the cyber cell as inciting violence and law be enforced.
— Pooja Priyamvada (@SoulVersified) January 18, 2021
Intent is out in the open even if the tweet is deleted. Why do these celebs with so many followers try kindling the fire ?
I wonder https://t.co/ICFVRVQVJg
— Jocket (@Jocket13) January 18, 2021
Shortly after the web series released, BJP leaders began calling for a ban on Tandav alleging that the show mocks Hindu deity Shiva and hurts religious sentiments. An FIR has been filed in Lucknow's Hazratganj Kotwali against the makers of Tandav. Separate criminal complaints have also been filed before courts in Delhi and Bihar seeking action against the streaming platform and the makers of the web series. Amazon Prime Video's India head of original content Aparna Purohit, director of Tandav Ali Abbas Zafar, the show's producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra and writer Gaurav Solanki, actors Saif Ali Khan and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub are among those associated with the show who have been named in these complaints.
Tandav director Ali Abbas Zafar issued a statement of apology on behalf of the cast and crew on 18 January, following a meeting with the Ministry of Information &Broadcasting, which sought an explanation from Amazon Prime Video after taking cognisance of the complaints lodged against the show.
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