Prime Video’s latest web series Tandav has been at the focus of controversy. Many viewers claimed that several scenes are offensive in some communities. Tandav, like all other shows or films, is not purely black and white.
It has its pleasant moments, but then, there are spots where it misses the plot. Here is everything you must know about what transpired.
The Ali Abbas Zafar web series Tandav celebrates a political drama that stars well-matured actors like Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, and Sunil Grover, among others in crucial roles.
The 9-episode drama series has not earned the best reviews but has succeeded to garner some notice because of the controversies discovered in the last several days.
Here are all the points that signify what works and what does not for the 9-episode drama web series –
What was the Tandav controversy about?
The real-life citations
Tandav has several throwaway references to actual-life events that have taken place in the political sphere in the last few times. It is evident who included those references to make the drama credible, but in a world where every week leads in new political fiction, Tandav had to do a lot to catch up with the times.
The powerful cast
Tandav took together some of the best actors in the Indian period. Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Sunil Grover were just the best people, but Tandav did not employ them well enough. While OTT is supposed to be a democratic stage, the trailer coupled with such great names was sufficient to draw the public in for at least the first episodes. Some of these actors get genuine moments on screen, but the show’s script doesn’t have much to contribute to elevating their enforcement.
Tandav is one of those acts where you might not invest in the plot, but the visual aesthetics will spontaneously grab you. Sarah Jane Dias, who performs Aisha, is not a big contributor in Tandav in terms of her character but her costumes and the tone she carries them are astonishing. Dimple Kapadia’s brief sarees and Saif Ali Khan’s well-tailored kurtas are also quite classy.
What about the Tandav review?
The outdated plot twists and turns
One of the show’s greatest reveals begins from the list of calls done via a landline phone. The idea of landlines being part of a juggle in 2021 is completely bizarre, particularly in a show where social media and smartphones are used frequently
In what has to be the most unusual college scene we have seen in recent years, a college professor is heard saying, “Political science is the study of politics,” during a lecture that seems to be class of the subject at the Masters’ level. The whole series is complicated with such basic dialogue that interns were given this area to supervise all by themselves.
Dhakka Laga Bukka
Don’t get us otherwise, but the song is just incredible. It is the overuse that begins irking the watcher. After a while, every scene begins with an election montage followed by “Dhakka Laga Bukka,” The song can’t reimburse for the lack of elegance in the storytelling
The enthusiastic intercuts
Right from the first episode, the two main tracks – VNU and the stories happening at the PM house are intercut with such seriousness that you can feel that something important is about to fall, but it doesn’t stop there. It feels like the show’s form is based on the concept of intercuts to present it pacier. In every episode, we perceive these intercuts even though the storytelling doesn’t conduct that urgency.
Anyway, Tandav is streaming on Amazon Prime Video to give your review after watching it.