Post the release of the teaser which was trending online, Godman was met with backlash from various Hindu religious organisations for defaming and insulting their beliefs and deities.
Owing to this controversy, ZEE5 had taken down the teaser and official tweet announcing the web series. Now, it turns out that the platform has suspended release of the controversial show which has not been met kindly by the producers.
ZEE5 Tamil addressed the issue via a tweet:
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Furthermore, Godman’s producer, R Elango, expressed his thoughts on the matter. He said:
“Time has come for us to take a united stand against the attack on freedom of expression and media in India. Together, we must resist the stifling of our voices and ensure our ideas are heard. Brahmins, those of the likes of Subramaniya Swamy, who hold influences with the central government, have threatened the bosses of Zee5 to stop the release of the show. Zee5 did cave in that led the aggressors to make announcements of victory by threats via social media (sic).“
The makers of Godman also released a statement explaining the situation further:
“On 30th of May, the President of the World Brahmin Organisation, Subramaniya Iyer had filed a complaint under sections 153, 153(a), 153A(1)(b), 295A, 504, 505 (1)(b), 295A, 504, 505(1)(b), 505(2) IPC with Chennai’s Cybercrime Department implicating both the Producer Elango Ragupathy and Director Babu Yogeswaran in a criminal case. Without any understanding of the web-series’s story or intentions or characterisation or the context of dialogues these groups have created an uproar of hate, going by the one-minute teaser (sic).“
According to the teaser, Godman appeared to be a story full of human emotions that revolves around a saint who is next in line to become the leader of a godly empire. However, things take a turn when a fascinating offer from the CM shows up starting a battle for money, power, and lust.
This web series was a concoction of religion and politics making it an unholy power game. The cast of Godman included Daniel Balaji, Tanya Desai, Jeyaprakash, Sonia Agarwal. The web series was set to release on 12 June.
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