Making actors responsible for fictional characters is sad and dangerous – actors

Mumbai. Some people associated with the film industry have expressed concern about the decision and comment of the Supreme Court regarding the web series ‘Tandav’. The court had said that actors cannot play the role of hurting the religious sentiments of others. Many scenes of ‘Tandava’ have already been removed. A day after the court’s decision, most Bollywood celebrities did not comment. However some people including Hansal Mehta, Pritish Nandi and Konkona Sen Sharma discussed the blurring of the line between art and artist and its implications. Some people questioned how actors can be held responsible for the roles played on screen.

Many people carefully commented that this can increase the legal problems of actors, whose job is to play different types of characters. Sharing the report of the court order, Konkona Sen Sharma tweeted, ‘Almost everyone involved in the show has read the script and signed the contract? Now arrest the whole team? ‘

Actor Gauhar Khan has played an important role in ‘Tandava’. He said on Twitter, ‘Excellent. People who play the role of killers on screen can now be heard. Eventually, he read the script…. Script writer and lyricist Mayur Puri said that it is ‘ridiculous’ to hold an actor responsible for a fictional character. Mayur Puri said that the verdict has set a dangerous precedent and this blurs the line between art and artist. He said, ‘… this is fiction. With that logic you will say that Amrish Puri was a bad person. He was not, he only played those characters. You cannot hold them responsible. It is a harsh interpretation of the law, it is completely undesirable. Shreya Dhanwantri tweeted, ‘From now on we have to play such characters, who we really are …’.

It is noteworthy that the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to give interim relief from the arrest of Ali Abbas Zafar, director of the web series ‘Tandava’ and others. Petitions were filed in the Supreme Court requesting the cancellation of the FIR against the director and others of the web series for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.

The Supreme Court said that ‘freedom of speech and expression is not complete’ and it is subject to certain restrictions. The court said that Zafar, Amazon Prime India chief Aparna Purohit and producer Himanshu Mehra, show writer Gaurav Solanki and actor Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub can request bail from the courts concerned in the FIRs filed in connection with the web series.

Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub etc. have worked in ‘Tandava’. The lawyer appearing for Ayub defended the alleged objectionable part of the web series, saying that as an actor, he has no artistic control over the dialogues spoken by him. The bench said, ‘You cannot play a role without reading the script. You cannot play a role that hurts the religious sentiments of others.

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