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  • controversy in India over Amazon's political drama Tandem has put Bollywood and global video streaming giants on edge, and there are now calls for closer scrutiny of scripts for possible offense to religious sentiments.

  • Sources say The likes of Amazon's prime video and Netflix are inspecting planned shows and scripts, with some even deleting scenes that could be controversial.

  • It comes as Amazon Prime Video has been embroiled in legal cases and police complaints.

  • They alleged tandem depicts Hindu gods and goddesses in a derogatory manner.

  • Public outcry over obscenity and religious depictions are common in culturally sensitive India.

  • But the tandem issue snowballed as police questioned Amazon, India's head of original content for prime video Aparna Peru.

  • It following complaints, Amazon recently issued a public apology to anyone who felt hurt by tandem.

  • India, the world's second most populous nation, is a valuable market for Amazon and its rivals.

  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said at an event last year that prime video was doing well globally, but nowhere it's doing better than India.

  • Netflix has announced 41 news shows and films for 2021 in India.

  • That's up from around 30 titles last year, among the biggest fallout from the controversy is the rising fear of arrests.

  • Some producers are asking for clauses in their contracts with streaming services to protect them from lawsuits.

controversy in India over Amazon's political drama Tandem has put Bollywood and global video streaming giants on edge, and there are now calls for closer scrutiny of scripts for possible offense to religious sentiments.

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Amazon's India 'offense' leaves streamers jittery

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/05
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