Disclaimer: In this Tandav review, I am only going to talk about the good and bad aspects of the web series. There won’t be any spoiler in here, so you can read this review carefree.
Tandav is an Amazon Original directed by one of Bollywood’s most successful director Ali Abbas Zafar who made films like Tiger Zinda Hai, Bharat, Sultan and more. This political crime thriller stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Kritika Kamra in important roles.
The story of Tandav revolves around the acts of Indian politics and Indian universities in present time. The show starts off pretty good with a perfect pitching but slowly lost its initial motive in the middle. The creators of Tandav presented us an India where no policemen follows the law and only works for the people who have the power to control everything.
There are several such things about this show, which questions your integrity and belief system. Other than that, the writing of Tandav also seems quite underwhelming at times. The use of foul language was mostly misplaced throughout the show and some actors delivered them very unnaturally which effected their scenes.
But one need to appreciate the costume and set designing in this show. Throughout the running time, my eyes were stuck on the visual beauty of the houses, the huge hall rooms, the college campus, the open wide shots of New Delhi etc. The costume designers made the outfits so accurate that audience can themselves tell from where the characters belong. Music and sound designing are also some of the positive points of this show.
Other than the lead cast, the supporting characters also did a great job here. The role of Gurpal Chauhan played by Sunil Grover was vital in the time of needs. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub was as always very natural with his part and Kritika Kamra helped him establish his stand in the bigger picture. Kumud Mishra, Sarah Jane Dias and Dino Morea have given necessary support to the lead character in several scenes.
Dimple Kapadia who played Anuradha Kishore was all good with her role. She was neither too dark nor too sweet and had a control over the scenes she was in. Saif Ali Khan on the other end was terrific at his part. His body language and dialogue delivery was point on every time. After a while it seems like he was born to play a politician on screen.
But I need to admit that, no actor has impressed me with their exceptional performance in the series. This is maybe because the writers Gaurav Solanki and Ali Abbas Zafar have tried to influence so much into the storyline, that it snatches away all the thrilling factors from them. Even though, the show is not that much about a specific propaganda but there were scenes which may have hurt the sentiments of certain groups of the society through incorrect portrayal.
Tandav is definitely coming back with another season because the story is still unfinished and several characters needs an explanation about the action that happened in the last episode. However, the buzz around Tandav is down to nothing currently and after some weeks, people are surely going to forget about it. Now the makers have to do something different for the next season so that people’s interest in the show would return.