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Tandav Review: A Diabolical Saif Ali Khan Leads a Brilliant Cast in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Gutsy, if Uneven, OTT Debut Series (LatestLY Exclusive)

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Tandav Review: A Diabolical Saif Ali Khan Leads a Brilliant Cast in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Gutsy, if Uneven, OTT Debut Series (LatestLY Exclusive)

Review: After Pataal Lok, Amazon Prime Video just got another show that is once again guaranteed to earn the ire of the right-wingers and the admiration of the liberal-minded. , the director of blockbusters like Ek Tha Tiger franchise and Gunday, enters the OTT space with Tandav and ends up giving his most provocative work to date. With the themes he is tackling in Tandav and the excellent cast he has roped in, Zafar has his job half done, while his steady handling of the proceedings takes care of the rest. ’s Role Inspired From Rahul Gandhi and Zeeshan Ayyub To Play Kanhaiya Kumar in ‘Tandav’?

Tandav sees two facets of the youth in India through a political spectrum. The dashing but diabolical Samar Pratap Singh (Saif Ali Khan), the most popular politician in the country’s biggest political party JLD, represents one facet – the symbol of dynastic politics, who is tired of how his seniors are tackling power-play with their narrow-minded attitude. Especially towards his own father, Devki Nandan (), who is about to have his new term as India’s Prime Minister. A turn that Samar isn’t happy about as he feels he deserves the position having won the votes with his diligence.

Samar is an interesting amalgamation of real-life influences. While I am not stating out the inspirations, but I won’t blame you if you can see a certain dynast from India’s oldest party to the most popular politician of India to a former young UP CM reflecting in his nature. As the show progresses, he spouts about ‘Chanakya-niti‘ and talks about wanting to be a king-maker, rather than be the king, and I chuckled about the new ‘inspiration’.

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Zafar and writer Gaurav Solanki adds a sort of Shakespearean political play in his storyline, as he and his lady Macbeth, Ayesha () set about to gain more power, with enough help from his faithful aide Gurpal (). Even it means involving patricide. But his path to the PM’s seat faces even more challenges, and he is forced to change priorities and ambitions to fend off other foes.

On the other side of youth representation is Shiva (), who epitomises the idealistic values that we once believed in. A student of VNU (heh, heh), Shiva gains the nation’s attention when he and his fellow students bring the media’s attention to a farmer’s agitation (oh my!) to save a fellow student (a Muslim) from illegal confinement. A UPSC aspirant with leftist ideologies, Shiva is pushed into college politics, but is oblivious of the fact that he is being readied for a bigger political drama. As Samar puts it, it doesn’t take much time for ‘left’ to go ‘right’; just put a mirror in front of the person.

Samar and Shiva are not the only players for us to care in this Machiavellian powerplay. There is Anuradha Kishore (), a senior JLD member who is also Devki Nandan’s lover and wants a Defense Ministry post for her wayward son (Paresh Pahuja), while having her own secret goals. Like Samar has Gurpal, Anuradha has Maithili (), her devoted Woman Friday. Another candidate vying for the PM post is Gopal Das Munshi (Kumud Mishra).

Then there is Sana (), Shiva’s fellow VNU colleague, who has her own baggage that refuses to leave her. She is also in a clandestine affair with her devious professor Jigar (Dino Morea) that pushes her deeper into her moral conundrum. Jigar is separated from his wife, Sandhya (), fellow DNU professor, who is now in a relationship with Kailash Kumar (Anup Sonii), a JLD politician who had been often ridiculed for his caste-identity. Plus, there is a mystery person who knows Samar’s secret.

Each of them have their role to play in this desi Game of Thrones – either they are getting manipulated or are the one who are doing the manipulation. Each become the pawn in the chessboard, as we wait to see who falls first so that the king can be protected. This interesting assortment of flawed characters is what makes Tandav a riveting watch, even if it is predictable at times.

Writer Gaurav Solanki perhaps had an easier job setting up the whole game, as all he needed to do is knit up the headlines that have been ruling on media. From farmer protests to JNU to minority attacks, each burning issue manages to find their way to inspire the narrative that isn’t afraid to take digs at the vicious right politics and the brittle left ideologies. There is a downside to this treatment – in trying to push every topical controversy, the actual plotlines takes a backseat at times.

Tandav also smartly uses AR Rahman’s popular Yuva anthem at opportune moments, while secretly rousing our own anguish at the pitiable state of politics. Tandav Song Dhakka Laga Bukka: AR Rahman’s Song From The Film Yuva Now Becomes An Youth Anthem For Saif Ali Khan’s Web Series!

Things get slack in the middle, but gets better towards the last couple of episodes, as Samar and Gurpal up the ante of their manipulation over others. Towards the end of the first season, we realise the series was never about the man who sits on the throne, but about the one who arranges for the person to be seated there. And that, idealism might be going towards extinction.

While the ideas it spout are fine, where Tandav feels somewhat of a let-down is in its heavy-handed treatment of certain subplots and character decisions. It takes some time to really get going, and still leaves out some crucial arcs in the cold. Like, what’s with the whole mystery caller subplot which never gets any proper answer? Some of the characters are also not well-etched, like Ayesha, for example. I am not sure what she is benefiting from her husband’s play, as we only get to see her when Samar is around. Despite she bringing her own malevolent designs.

Still, all the actors are well-cast in their roles, with a suave Saif Ali Khan leading the show in yet another impressive negative role. Samar is what you get if you take away the boorishness of Langda Tyagi and make him more suave and powerful, and the actor blends well with the setting instead of over-powering it with his star-power. Then there is the always-excellent Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, who breathes fire as the idealistic Shiva, and providing an antithetical foil to a selfish Samar.

Sunil Grover, in a rare negative turn, steals the show as the poker-faced, powerful henchman. Kritika Kamra excels as the guilt-ridden Sana. I wished that Dimple Kapadia had gotten more footage, she was incredible in every scene she appears. Sarah Jane Dias, Kumud Mishra, Anup Sonii, Gauahar Khan, Dino Morea, Sandhya Mridul, Tigmanshu Dhulia are all wonderful in their roles, which can also be said for the actors who play Shiva’s fellow students.

Yay!

– The Cast

– A Better Second Half

Nay!

– The Slack Middle Portions

– Very Uneven in Tone

Final Thoughts

While it may be nowhere in the league of, say, House of Cards or even Pataal Lok, Tandav is Ali Abbas Zafar’s boldest and strongest offering to date. The web-series captivates you with its assorted, flawed characters, dubious power-plays and (occasionally, not so) sly references to real-life political drama. All nine episodes of Tandav is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 15, 2021 12:35 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Tandav Controversy: Director Ali Abbas Zafar Asked to Record Statement in Lucknow by UP Cops

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A team of Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday visited the Mumbai residence of , the director of the controversial web series ‘’, and served a notice to him, asking him to appear before the investigating officer in Lucknow on January 27, an official said. The UP police team is in city to conduct a probe into the case registered in Lucknow against the makers and cast of the web series, the official said. “Zafar was not available at his residence when the police team went there and the door of his house was locked. Therefore, they pasted a notice in the premises,” the police official said. Tandav: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub’s Mahadev Act in Amazon Prime Series Gets Axed After the Outrage

“As per the notice, Zafar has been asked to appear before the UP police in Lucknow to record his statement at 10 am on January 27,” he added.

A video and photos of the UP police team visiting Zafar’s residence made rounds on social media. According to officials, the police team from the northern state is also likely to visit other cast of the web series to record their statements in the case, the officials said. Tandav Controversy: FIR Filed in Mumbai Against the Makers and Cast of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Amazon Prime Show

At least three FIRs have been registered in Uttar Pradesh against the makes and actors of ‘Tandav’ for alleged inappropriate depiction of UP Police personnel, Hindu deities, and adverse portrayal of a character playing the prime minister in the political drama. ‘Tandav’, which features actors , , , , Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, , Gauhar Khan and , premiered on the streaming platform last Friday.

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Godzilla vs Kong Trailer To Be Released On January 24! Makers Share New Poster Of Adam Wingard’s Film

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Looks like things are finally falling place for the monster drama. The makers of Godzilla vs Kong have shared a brand new poster and announced that the film’s trailer would be releasing this weekend. Warner Bros India have put up on its official page about the release of the film’s trailer and it’s happening on January 24. Godzilla Vs Kong Gets A New Release Date! Adam Wingard’s Film Preponed To March 26, 2021.

The new poster of Gozilla vs Kong gives a glimpse of the epic battle between the titular monsters and the tagline reads, ‘One Will Fall’. It would be intriguing to watch which one of them wins in this shared cinematic universe between Godzilla and King Kong. Godzilla vs Kong is the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise and the 12th film in the King Kong franchise. Camila Cabello’s Cinderella Gets Postponed, Film To Hit The Theatres On July 16, 2021.

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The official synopsis of Godzilla vs Kong reads: “In a new world where man and monster now coexist, Monarch must lead the way to a prosperous future alongside the Titans, keeping humanity in check. However, rival factions that want to manipulate the Titans for war begin to rise under the guise of a nefarious conspiracy, threatening to wipe out all life on the planet. Meanwhile, on Skull Island, strange seismic activity draws the attention of Godzilla and Kong alike.” Directed by Adam Wingard, the film is all set to hit the theatres and on HBO Max on March 26.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Jan 22, 2021 11:46 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Indian Women Rising: Ekta Kapoor, Tahira Kashyap, Guneet Monga Collaborate For a Great Initiative to Empower Female Filmmakers

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In an effort to support and empower Indian female talent in cinema, film producers Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga, and writer-filmmaker Tahira Kashyap have come together for a new initiative called ‘Indian Women Rising’. Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the news on his Twitter handle. He also stated that the initiative will give female filmmakers a platform to showcase their talent. “EKTA KAPOOR – GUNEET MONGA – TAHIRA KASHYAP KHURRANA JOIN HANDS… #EktaKapoor, #GuneetMonga and #TahiraKashyapKhurrana launch #IndianWomenRising… An endeavor to support and empower female talent in cinema… #IWR will give women filmmakers a platform to showcase their talent,” he tweeted. Sushant Singh Rajput Birth Anniversary: Ekta Kapoor Remembers Manav of Pavitra Rishta (Watch Video)

Ekta, who is the joint managing director and creative head of Balaji Telefilms Limited, expressed her excitement about the upcoming project and tweeted, “Indian Women Rising | A Cinema Collective – Of – By – For Women! With an endeavor to bring forth the stories by imperative women creators of India, we present @IndWomenRising, because when YOU shine, WE shine! Let’s rise, together!” using a crown emoticon. The same tweet was shared by Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap on their accounts. Manushi Chhillar Joins United Nations’ Global Initiative to Raise Awareness on Violence Against Women (Watch Video)

Check Out Ekta Kapoor’s Tweet Below:

There are many female-centric movies that concentrate on empowering women, however, many voices behind the camera are somehow overlooked. To acknowledge the same and support Indian female talent in cinema, Guneet, Ekta and Tahira have joined hands for the upcoming project.

Guneet, who is a renowned filmmaker and BAFTA nominee, is the founder of Sikhya Entertainment, a film production house that has bankrolled notable films like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, and ‘Masaan’.

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