Tandav Review

Tandav Review

Star Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Kumud Mishra, Kritika Kamra, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Sarah Jane Dias, Dino Morea, Anup Soni, Gauahar Khan, Amyra Dastur, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sandhya Mridul

Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Politics
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video

Samar Pratap Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is the son of Devki Nandan (Tigmanshu Dhulia), Prime Minister of India who has been consistently winning elections and is highly likely to win this time as well. Samar wants to be the PM of the country but Devki feels he may be a risk for its democracy and stability. Although Devki himself is far from clean, he thinks if Samar becomes the PM he will divide and destroy the nation.

To make way for himself, Samar kills his father by poisoning him. But just when he is close to realising his dream of becoming the PM of India, he gets another obstacle in the form of Devki’s lover and political associate Anuradha Kishore (Dimple Kapadia). Anuradha knows that Samar has killed Devki and hence blackmails him to back out. She also pushes him to announce her as the PM instead.

The show is packed with an immensely talented and huge star cast and it definitely works in its favour.

A character like Samar is something that falls in Saif Ali Khan’s comfort zone. He has a personality that totally justifies the character and half of the task is done there. And then he is a skilful actor who knows how to adapt his characteristics and nuances. Saif Ali Khan lives the layered character of Samar and never lets you think that he is acting while jumping from one shade to another. Dimple Kapadia as Anuradha makes you ask where was she all this time? She and Saif together take the charm of the show to next level. After Tenet, this is yet another excellent performance by Dimple which will make you look forward to seeing more from her.

Sunil Grover as Gurpal lends a decent performance. His character is such that will make viewers appreciate him but as an actor, he could’ve done better. While everything about his performance was fine, I just wish he worked a little more on the accent because it looks forced. Kumud Mishra is excellent. Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub lends another amazing performance. While he has played a very strong role in season 1, it looks like his character has more in store for season 2. Gauahar Khan doesn’t have much to offer. Kritika Kamra is decent. Tigmanshu Dhulia has a small role and he is very good at it.

Ali Abbas Zafar has made a good directorial debut on OTT as his show has a lot going on in its favour. He has done his job well but it would’ve been better if he chose to be a little more subtle and less on the face while making it. Quite a few times, the show looks like explaining itself more than required.

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