PLOT: It is a story that happens in the capital city of the world’s largest democracy – New Delhi, where it takes you inside the closed, chaotic doors of power and manipulation and uncover the darkest lanes of Indian politics.
Tandav is a drama-thriller series created & directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and written by Gaurav Solanki. Season 1 is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
Saif Ali Khan as Samar Pratap Singh
Dimple Kapadia as Anuradha Kishore
Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub as Shiva Shekhar
Sunil Grover as Gurpal Chauhan
Sarah Jane Dias as Ayesha Pratap Singh
Kumud Mishra as Gopal Das Munshi
Tigmanshu Dhulia as PM Devki Nandan
Kritika Kamra as Sana Mir
Dino Morea as Professor Jigar Sampath
Anuup Sonii as Kailash Kumar
Neha Hinge as Garima Deswal
Shonali Nagrani as Aditi Mishra
Paresh Pahuja as Raghu Kishore
Gauahar Khan as Maithili Sharan
Sandhaya Mridul as Professor Sandhaya Nigam
Saurabh Chauhan as Vijay Shekhawat
Gautam Babbar as Vikram Singh
Hitten Ttejwani as Ajay Ahluwalia
Amyra Dastur as Ada Mir
Sukhmani Sadana as Doctor Divya Ahluwalia
Kritika Avasthi as Richa Avasthi
Bhavna Choudhary as Preeti Singh
Vikhyat Gulati as Roshan Thakur
Kunal Gupta as Sandeep Mahajan
Tasneem Khan as Disha Kapoor
Niharika Kundu as Simran Ahuja
Bhoomika Meena as Sneha Bhardwaj
Gaurav Parajuli as Chetan Kranti
Jatin Sharma as Sumit Dahiya
Indra Mohan Singh as Rahul Singh
Latin Ghai as Imran Zaidi
Rajiv Gupta as Inspector Narendra Jhakar
Raj Sharma as Ajeet
Sandeep Mehta as Doctor Mahohar Pathak
WEB SERIES REVIEW: Ali Abbas Zafar has made a good directorial debut with Amazon Prime Video and delivered the first big offering on the OTT in 2021. The show is packed with an extremely talented and vast star cast. Among all the actors, Sunil Grover is a surprise package and stands out from the lot.
Sunil Grover in his image-changing role as a loyal henchman proved his versatility. The other best performances are from Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub and Dimple Kapadia. Saif Ali Khan gave a decent performance in his second web series. Kumud Mishra and Tigmanshu Dhulia managed to deliver good performances from their limited role. Sarah Jane Dias, Shonali Nagrani, Gauahar Khan, Kritika Kamra, Anuup Sonii, Sandhya Mridul, and Dino Morea are average in the supporting characters.
The writing is ordinary, dialogues are just fine and the screenplay is gripping in bits & pieces. Due to which the makers are failed to deliver compelling political thriller drama. After a few episodes, the screenplay becomes slow & repetitive and the story gets too predictable.
Season one ends at a cliffhanger, the show has many unanswered questions and subplots, probably they will unfold the story in season two in a more engaging way.
A R Rahman’s Dhakka Laga Bukka from Yuva (2004) has been recreated for Tandav and it gives the right feeling to campus politics.
Tandav Season 1 Rating:
Overall Hit ya Flop Rating: 2.7 out of 5 Stars (AVG)