Top Amazon India executive questioned by police over video series – Reuters

By Saurabh Sharma, Shilpa Jamkhandikar

” You never ever understand when you will be next in line for a scene that you never thought would be offensive,” stated the producer, who decreased to be called.
Amazon is independently dealing with the ire of small merchants in India, who have actually called for a ban on its operations.
Reuters recently reported that the U.S. company had for years given preferential treatment to a little group of sellers on its India platform and used them to prevent the nations strict foreign financial investment guidelines. (reut.rs/ 2OCOT2W).
Amazon has rejected any misbehavior and stated it complies with Indian law.

Amazon declined to comment, and Purohit did not take questions from reporters outside the authorities station.
A state police officer informed Reuters that Purohit had actually informed police an apology had actually been released and scenes that concerned the general public had been edited out after its release in January.
While the program has actually outraged some, the grievances versus the drama and Purohits questioning by authorities have also caused severe concerns among Indias dynamic movie industry, where lots of see this as an attack on complimentary speech.
One Bollywood manufacturer slammed cops action on Tuesday, stating such incidents were unnerving.

Aparna Purohit, Amazons head of original content for its Prime streaming service in India, shows up for questioning at a police station in Lucknow, India, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Pawan KumarShows on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have frequently dealt with problems in India, a key development market, for obscenity or harming sentiment, but the current controversy including the Amazon show “Tandav” is among the highest-profile cases.
” Tandav”, a political drama starring leading Bollywood actors, has in several states faced cops problems and court cases declaring the program had portrayed Hindu gods and goddesses in a derogatory way, and injure spiritual sentiment.
The drama has likewise faced criticism from lawmakers of Indias Hindu nationalist ruling party.
In Uttar Pradesh, police questioned Amazon Indias head of initial material for its Prime streaming service Aparna Purohit over similar claims at a police headquarters on Tuesday.

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – Indian authorities in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh questioned a top Amazon executive for almost 4 hours on Tuesday over claims that one of its political dramas on Prime Video hurt religious beliefs and triggered public anger.

Editing by Euan Rocha and Jan Harvey.