Mumbai: On Thursday, a crew of the Uttar Pradesh police reached the residence of Ali Abbas Zafar, director of the political web collection ‘Tandav’ that was not too long ago launched on Amazon Prime Video, to serve him a discover to seem earlier than the investigation officer in Lucknow on January 27. Zafar was not at his residence. However, he together with author Gaurav Solanki and producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra had secured three-week transit pre-arrest bail by the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.
Last week, the UP police filed a case towards the producers of ‘Mirzapur’ for allegedly hurting spiritual, social and regional sentiments and damaging social concord. The rising cases of folks objecting to web serials and submitting police complaints or petitions in courtroom towards the makers of such reveals have alarmed the creative neighborhood, leaving administrators, producers, writers and executives of streaming companies “shocked,” “involved” and “extremely disenchanted.”
“This is the start of the end of the dream of Indian content material creators to make reveals that may journey globally,” mentioned a high director, asking not to be recognized. “The taking part in area is getting smaller and that is going to stifle any creativity.”
“Art is finally the mirror of society,” mentioned the pinnacle of a video streaming firm. “If the folks in energy and their followers begin having points with every part, you’ll be able to by no means anticipate India to be a content material powerhouse. Writers will be afraid to write and administrators, actors and producers is not going to contact any controversial topics.”
ET spoke to over a dozen content material creators and streaming service executives who requested anonymity, contemplating the sensitivity of the matter. They all agreed that whereas there’s at all times an effort to “push the envelope” and create edgier content material, they’re conscious of the legislation of the land. “We know that freedom of expression comes with affordable restrictions. We are usually not doing something to damage spiritual sentiments, however you’ll be able to’t dictate every part else,” mentioned a senior producer.