Tandav is an Indian political web series airing on Amazon Prime Video, directed and produced by Ali Abbas Zafar in his digital debut, written by Gaurav Solanki.
The series has a cast that includes Saif Ali Khan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sunil Grover, Dimple Kapadia, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Dino Morea, and Anup Soni.
Therefore, the Tandav full series is about the dark corners of Indian politics, where people will do whatever it takes to seek power.
Principal photography for Tandav began in October 2019, filming at the Pataudi Palace in Haryana and Delhi.
The camera work is by Karol Stadnik and edited by Steven H. Bernard. The background music was composed by Julius Packiam.
The series also premiered on January 15, 2021, through the Amazon Prime Video streaming platform.
Saif Ali Khan as Samar Pratap Singh, son of a three-term Prime Minister, Devki Nandan Singh
Dimple Kapadia as Anuradha Kishore, who is an old friend of Devki Nandan Singh
Sunil Grover as the Gurpal Singh
The charismatic leader of a major political party called Janata Lok Dal (JLD), Samar Pratap Singh (Saif Ali Khan), feels ready to take over as Prime Minister. Still, Samar’s father, the party’s patriarch and Prime Minister, Devki Nandan Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia), does not want to retire yet.
Anuradha Kishore, a close associate of Devki (Dimple Kapadia) and the party’s paramount leader, Gopal Das (Kumud Mishra), are just a few other leaders considered fit for this role.
But this chair is never easy. You have to keep striving to get it.
A parallel story is that of idealistic college activist Shiva Shekhar (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), who becomes an icon overnight when he shines at a political event.
Shiva now wants to bring about change, stir up the youth, tear down the pillars of power: he knows the sweet taste of power.
And power corrupts. Shiva and Samar will meet when state politics intersects with youth politics.
Tandav is the confluence of a series of manipulations that reveal layers of human greed, ambition, love, vulnerability, and violence.
Shiva is a student at UNV near Malakpur, where farmers protest against the construction of a factory and road on farmland.
The police begin to attack and shoot at the protesters, killing two people.
Shiva’s friend Imran, who also attended the protest, is arrested at UNV.
At night, Samar gives Devki a cup of aconite wine and kills him. As he dies, Devki calls out to Anuradha but cannot communicate with her.
Ali Abbas Zafar, Gaurav Solanki – January 15, 2021
The police at the station threatened the UNV students claiming that the students beat up three police officers for no reason.
Shiva visits Imran, who fears the media will link his name to a terrorist organization. Gopal Das, Devki’s right-hand man, asks Samar to support him as the new prime minister.
Gopal Das tells the media that he has no plans to run for a prime minister to save his excellent reputation. At Devki’s cremation.
Filming for the series began in October 2019.
Tandav was mainly filmed at Pataudi Palace in Haryana, and Saif explained, “We shot many sequences for the palace show.
I’ve spent more time in the palace than anywhere else in the world. It’s my house, so it was very comfortable to shoot there.
I don’t mind giving it away for photoshoots, especially when working on a project. I like to think of it as a commercial property, and I like to rent it out.
But it makes me a little nervous when the team moves. It was a pleasure to stay and film there.”
The remaining scenes of movie are at the Imperial Hotel in Delhi.
It reveals that most of the filming was completed before the government imposed the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on India in March 2020.
In June 2020, Zafar stated that “post-production work is in progress and editing work is ongoing. Since a lot of the work online, it keeps me busy.”
Tandav is a story set in the capital of the world’s largest democracy, DILLI (New Delhi).
It takes you to the chaotic closed doors of power and manipulation and uncovers the darkest alleys of Indian politics.
Background music for this fantastic series is composed by Julius Packiam.
The series also includes a song adapted from “Dhakka Laga Bukka”, composed by AR Rahman, directed by Mani Ratnam Yuva (2004).
Adapting the song, Rahman said, “Abbas Ali called me and said that the song is the centre of the whole series. So I said, why don’t we change the lyrics because they write it for something else.
So we teamed up with lyricist Mehboob Alam, and he wrote an extra Antara. Also, now we have a new intro for the song.
We were careful not to change the original too much.
There is a certain magic in the mixture of things. This song has aggressiveness, a sense of melody and harmony.”
The adapted version with the voice of A.R. Rahman and Nakul Abhyankar was published directly to YouTube on January 13, 2021.
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