Web Series Review | TANDAV : Inquisitively Gripping & Splendidly Performed

TANDAV is a fictional ‘dance’ on politics and human greed that instigating takes some ‘real’ turns

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Web SeriesTandav
CastSaif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kumud Mishra, Sunil Grover, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Dino Morea, Gauahar Khan, Sandhya Mridul, Annup Sonii, Paresh Pahuja, Shonali Nagrani, Hiten Ttejwani, Amyra Dastur, Neha Hinge, Sukhmani Sadana
Creator & DirectorAli Abbas Zafar
WriterGaurav Solanki
Producer(s)Himanshu Kishan Mehra, Offside Entertainment
OTT PlatformAmazon Prime Video
Release Date15th January, 2021

The most awaited web series TANDAV review is here. The Amazon Original Series is a fictional political drama. Created and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, TANDAV is written by Gaurav Solanki and Produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar’s Offside Entertainment. The web series stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kumud Mishra, Sunil Grover and Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub along with Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Dino Morea, Gauahar Khan, Sandhya Mridul, Annup Sonii, Paresh Pahuja, Shonali Nagrani, Hiten Ttejwani, Amyra Dastur, Neha Hinge, Sukhmani Sadana with others.

TANDAV review

TANDAV – Tiger Zinda Hai, Sultan, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan fame Ali Abbas Zafar’s OTT entry has some real things to say in this fictional political thriller that showcases things that are actually happening in our political and cultural climate and the stellar ensemble cast ensures that the attention is maintained throughout.

Charismatic leader of a premiere political party – Samar Pratap (Saif Ali Khan) is about to inherit the chair of PM but Samar’s father, the party patriarch and the PM – Devki Nandan (Tigmanshu Dhulia) isn’t willing to retire yet. Anuradha, Devki’s close associate (Dimple Kapadia), party senior leader Gopal Das (Kumud Mishra) are few of many other leaders considering themselves fit to sit on this chair. But this chair never came easy; they must constantly keep striving for it. A parallel story is that of the idealistic campus activist Shiva (Zeeshan Ayub) who becomes an overnight icon as he shines at a political event. Shiva now wants to bring the change, sway the youth, overthrow the power pillars – he knows the sweet taste of power. And power corrupts. Shiva and Samar will meet as country politics will cross roads with youth politics.

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Director Ali Abbas Zafar and writer Gaurav Solanki strike just the right tone, blends smoothly with a fictional story that smartly gives a reality check of times we are in. TANDAV manages a successful merger between gripping entertainment and subtle political statements that cautions and introspects the traits of human greed, ambition, love, vulnerability, violence and more.

Top notch performances from the actors lift this engaging political thriller. Spearheaded by Saif Ali Khan who is in complete command. Dimple Kapadia is class apart. Tigmanshu Dhulia is fantastic. Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub is powerful. Sunil Grover is interestingly menacing. Kumud Kumar Mishra is outstanding. Kritika Kamra shines. Sarah Jane Dias impresses.

Dino Morea is competent. Gauahar Khan makes her mark. Sandhya Mridul is earnestly elegant. Annup Sonii is very natural. Paresh Pahuja is interestingly weird. Shonali Nagrani ensures that she gets the right attention. Hiten Ttejwani is good. Amyra Dastur is fine. Neha Hinge leaves her mark. Sukhmani Sadana is decent.

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Nicely crafted with good production values. Karol Stadnik’s cinematography moves with the narrative and takes the right shades. Steven H. Bernard’s editing is in sync. Production Design by Snigdha Basu, Sumit Basu and Rajnish Hedao is noteworthy. Ramesh Andhale and Bilal Hashmi’s appealing art direction and authentic set decoration by Ambika Acharya is enhanced by Subarna Ray Chaudhuri’s apt costume designing.

Final words

The bottom line – TANDAV is a fictional ‘dance’ on politics and human greed that instigating takes some ‘real’ turns. Watch it. Now. TANDAV will be streaming on Amazon Prime Video from January 15, 2021.

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