The 45-second advertisement for the “Ekatvam (Unity) — the beauty of oneness” collection showed a Muslim family throwing a traditionally South Indian Hindu baby shower for their pregnant Hindu daughter-in-law.
The daughter-in-law says, “But these rituals aren’t celebrated in your home,” and the mother-in-law replies, “But the ritual of making daughters happy is in every home.”
The hashtag “BoycottTanishq” began trending in India after the Tata Group jewelry brand posted the ad at the weekend.
Tanishq removed the commercial from all platforms Monday, later telling CNN that the film had sparked “divergent and severe reactions, contrary to its very objective.”
Some people on social media called for Tanishq to apologize for running the commercial.
Several called the ad “Love Jihad” — a reference to an Islamophobic theory that claims that Muslim families try to convert Hindu women to Islam under the pretext of love and marriage.
But others declared their support for the ad and questioned whether there would be a backlash if the religions were reversed.
A spokesperson for Tanishq told CNN: “The idea behind the Ekatvam campaign is to celebrate the coming together of people from different walks of life, local communities and families during these challenging times and celebrate the beauty of oneness.
“This film has stimulated divergent and severe reactions, contrary to its very objective.
“We are deeply saddened with the inadvertent stirring of emotions and withdraw this film keeping in mind the hurt sentiments and well being of our employees, partners and store staff.”