Web Series: Tandav
Tandav Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Grover, Dimple Kapadia, Kumud Mishra, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kritika Kamra, Dino Morea, Gauahar Khan, Shonali Nagrani, Amyra Dastur, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub, Sarah Jane Dias, Hiten Tejwani, Sandhya Mridul
Tandav Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Saif Ali Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar's Tandav is the first big offering on the web in 2021. There are no relationships in the world of politics, except the one with power. This is the theme of the show that explores politics in modern India. From slander campaigns on social media to orchestrated viral videos, it is as contemporary as it can be. Tandav is centred around the son of a late Prime Minister, Samar Pratap Singh (Saif Ali Khan) and how his deep-rooted hate for his father ruins his political game. The series has every stereotype associated with politicians right from clandestine affairs to the craze for important portfolios.
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What it's about
Tandav revolves around Samar Pratap Singh
(Saif Ali Khan) who makes a foolproof plan to eliminate his father, the current PM Devki Nandan (Tigmanshu Dhulia). The father is aware that his son supersedes him in his hunger for power and ruthlessness. While he manages to get rid of his dad, his best laid plans go for a toss. He is forced to surrender his position to Anuradha Kishore (Dimple Kapadia), his father's long-term flame. His late father's associate Gopal Das Munshi (Kumud Mishra) is untrustworthy, and Samar's only chance to retain power is to bank on Shiva Shekhar (Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub), a student leader who is the toast of VNU, a large educational campus known for student politics. Will Samar Pratap manage to reclaim the coveted seat of power?
Check out the trailer of Tandav here... VIDEO
Tandav is high on relatability. It is so heavily inspired by the current political scene that it looks a tad too contrived. The base of the story, the deep conflict between a father and son, reminds us of the famous clan wars in Indian politics. It is just that no one ended up murdering their own father. Like we mentioned earlier, it has incorporated everything from generated viral videos to the violence around student protests in JNU. Casteism, political poaching, terrorism all find a mention in the first season of Tandav. Talking about the performances, Saif Ali Khan is perfectly cast as the suave, ruthless, resentful and power-hungry Samar Pratap. Kumud Mishra is mind-blowing as Gopal Das Munshi, and so is Tigmanshu Dhulia (Devki Nandan).
Sunil Grover plays Gurpal, the loyal henchman who has no moral compass whatsoever. The actor shows his versatility effortlessly. Amongst the ladies, Dimple Kapadia stands out. Tandav has been shot at Pataudi Palace and it looks extremely regal. Steven Bernard keeps the pace of the series brisk, and the production design is also lavish. Gaurav Solanki has kept the writing simple, relatable with a dash of dark humour.
Tandav is too relatable for its own good. After a point, things get too predictable. There are some flashbacks portions that spring in-between. It takes time to connect the dots. Also, the dialogues are rather average. Just a couple of lines stays remotely with you. It is a disappointment since it is an Ali Abbas Zafar project. Tandav drags in a few places, which is not a good thing.
Staying true to his reputation of being a masala filmmaker, Ali Abbas Zafar packs in all the elements in Tandav. While the screenplay maintains a good pace for the greater part, what's missing are the emotions. The plus point is the relatability factor of the show. If you are keen to watch it for the performances, Saif Ali Khan, Kumud Mishra, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kritika Kamra do not disappoint.
2.5 out of 5
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