Prime Video’s newest net sequence Tandav has turn out to be the primary large desi OTT launch of 2021. The Ali Abbas Zafar present is a political drama that options actors like Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sunil Grover amongst others in pivotal roles. The 9-episode sequence hasn’t acquired the most effective evaluations by the critics however has managed to garner some consideration due to the controversies which have unfolded within the final couple of days.
Tandav, like all different reveals and films, isn’t all black and white. It has its good moments however then, there are locations the place it utterly loses the plot.
Right here’s every little thing that works and doesn’t work for Tandav.
What works for Tandav
1. The spectacular solid
Tandav introduced collectively a few of the greatest actors within the Indian area. Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Grover had been simply the fitting individuals for this present however Tandav didn’t actually utilise them properly sufficient. Whereas OTT is alleged to be a democratic platform, the trailer of the sequence coupled with such large names was sufficient to attract the viewers in for at the very least the primary few episodes. A few of these actors get good moments on display however the writing of the present doesn’t have a lot to supply to raise their performances.
2. The costumes
Tandav is a type of reveals the place you won’t really feel invested within the plot however the visible aesthetics of the present will draw you in immediately. Sarah Jane Dias, who performs Aisha on the present, will not be a heavy contributor in Tandav when it comes to her position however her costumes and the way in which she carries them is gorgeous. Dimple Kapadia’s crisp sarees and Saif Ali Khan’s well-tailored kurtas and vests are fairly elegant too.
3. The true-life references
Tandav has a number of throwaway references to real-life incidents which have taken place within the political area in the previous few years. It’s apparent that these references had been inserted to make the present plausible however in a world the place each week brings in a brand new political story, Tandav needed to do quite a bit to maintain up with the occasions.
What doesn’t work for Tandav
1. The fundamental dialogues
In what must be essentially the most weird faculty scene we’ve got seen in years, a university professor is overheard saying “Political science is the research of politics” to a category that seems to be learning the topic on the Masters stage. The complete sequence is muddled with such primary dialogue writing that it looks like interns on the present got this division to deal with all by themselves.
2. The dated plot twists
One of many largest reveals of the present comes from the checklist of calls made by way of a landline phone. The idea of landlines being a part of a thriller in 2021 is completely weird, particularly in a present the place smartphones and social media is steadily used.
3. The pressing intercuts
Proper from the primary episode, the 2 essential tracks of the present – VNU and the occasions taking place on the PM residence are intercut with such urgency which you can really feel that one thing large is about to occur, nevertheless it doesn’t finish there. It feels just like the format of the present is predicated on the concept of intercuts to make it pacier. In each episode, we see these intercuts although the storytelling doesn’t convey that urgency.
4. Dhakka Laga Bukka
Don’t get me unsuitable, the track is incredible. It’s the overuse of the observe that begins irking the viewer. After some time, each scene at VNU opens with an election montage that’s accompanied by “Dhakka Laga Bukka” and it’s apparent that the track can’t compensate for the dearth of sophistication within the storytelling.
Tandav is streaming on Prime Video.