Reviewed By: Namita Tribhuwan
What Tandav Web Series Is About?
Today’s hot topic in India is COVID19 and the on-going Farmers Protest. Well, Tandav has just caught the right nerve by starting its first season with the hottest topic the Farmers Protests.
The 9-episode web series has a big star cast with some outstanding actors that includes Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kumud Mishra, Gauahar Khan among many, many others.
Tandav is all about politics where a strong party which has been in power for two terms, has many ambitious politicians who are eyeing the “Kursi” and are working behind the throne and clearly know who their enemy is.
In the other part, there is the student’s politics in the university, called the Vivekanand National University, where students are seen roaming around shouting slogans like “Azadi” and a Muslim youth dumped into the jail without any recourse. Sounds familiar right, well that is what India is all about and so is Tandav created and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
The series begins with the father Devki Nandan Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) and son Samar Pratap Singh (Saif Ali Khan) struggling to get to the throne. It clearly tells you in the first scene, these two are tied by blood but are the biggest rivals.
And then, there is Sunil Grover, who we have seen in many comedy shows, but his entry as Grupal Chauhan in the first episode hits the nail in the coffin. He is just outstanding in the first scene itself. He is Samar’s truthful ‘Yes Man’ in the series, where he pets his cat to overcome his guilt of the crime.
We also have the talented and beautiful Anuradha Kishore (Dimple Kapadia), who is hungry for power and has her canny assistant behind her Maithili (Gauahar Khan). Gopal Das (Kumud Mishra) a senior party leader with Anup Soni as Kailash, the lower caste leader who knows the value of holding on to his anger.
With university elections, we see Shiva Shekhar (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) chants for ‘Azadi’ in words that have become far too familiar to us in recent days. Shiva has no political inspiration but with all the circumstances that unfold around his friends …push him into the dirty politics.
All-in-all “Tandav” is the same that you read in newspapers and see on the news channels only in the form of a web series.
So, if you want to watch some power-pack performances go watch Tandav and its picture of the current Indian socio-political landscape.
The World of Movies Rating – 8/10
Year of Release: 2021
Original Network: Amazon Prime Video
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Writers: Gaurav Solanki, Ali Abbas Zafar
Tandav Cast Members: Saif Ali Khan as Samar Pratap Singh, Dimple Kapadia as Anuradha Kishore, Sunil Grover as Gurpal Singh, Kumud Misra as Gopal Das Munshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia as Devki Nandan Singh, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Shiva Shekhar, Parv Kaila as Vishal Awasthi, Anup Soni as Kailash Kumar, Sarah Jane Dias as Ayesha Pratap Singh, Priyal Mahajan as Rhea Pratap Singh, Neha Hinge as Garima Deswal, Paresh Pahuja as Raghu Kishore Singh, Kritika Kamra as Sana Mir, Gauahar Khan as Maithili Sharan, Kritika Avasthi as Richa Avasthi, Tasneem Khan as Disha Kapoor, Dino Morea as Professor Jigar Sampath, Sandhya Mridul as Professor Sandhya Nigam, Shonali Nagrani as Aditi Mishra, Amyra Dastur as Ada Mir, Hiten Tejwani as Ajay Ahluwalia, Sukhmani Sadana as Divya Ahluwalia, Jaimin Panchal as Protestor, Bhavna Choudhary as Preeti Singh
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Action, Web Series, TV Series
Number of Seasons: 01
Number of Episodes: 09
Episode Length: 26-38 minutes each