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Tandav release: Highlights

Here's what celebrities, critics and fans are saying about Amazon Prime Video web series Tandav, starring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Gauahar Khan and Tigmanshu Dhulia among others.

Written by A. Kameshwari | New Delhi |
Updated: January 17, 2021 9:24:13 am
Tandav seriesTandav is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video web series Tandav is finally out. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial features an array of actors, including Saif Ali Khan, Kumud Mishra, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Anup Soni, Dino Morea, Hiten Tejwani, Sarah Jane Dias, Gauahar Khan, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sandhya Mridul.

The official synopsis of Tandav reads, “The charismatic leader of a premiere political party – Samar Pratap (Saif Ali Khan) feels he’s ready to inherit the chair of PM but Samar’s father, the party patriarch and the PM – Devki Nandan (Tigmanshu Dhulia) isn’t willing to retire yet. Anuradha, Devki’s close associate (Dimple Kapadia), party senior leader Gopal Das (Kumud Mishra) are few of many other leaders considering themselves fit to sit in this chair. But this chair never comes easily, they must constantly keep striving for it. A parallel story is that of the idealistic campus activist Shiva (Zeeshan Ayyub) who becomes an overnight icon as he shines at a political event. Shiva now wants to bring the change, sway the youth, overthrow the power pillars – he knows the sweet taste of power. And power corrupts. Shiva and Samar will meet as country politics will cross roads with youth politics. Tandav is the coming together of a series of manipulations that exposes layers of human greed, ambition, love, vulnerability, and violence.”

Written by Article 15 fame writer Gaurav Solanki, Tandav is produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar’s Offside Entertainment.

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13:01 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Sidharth Shukla is in awe of Gauahar Khan's performance

Sidharth Shukla watched a few episodes of Tandav and wrote, "Watched 3 episodes of #TandavOnPrime last night and my mind is doing Tandav since then. What a well-written show, with a gripping story-line. Aap bhi dekho @GAUAHARKHAN your character was so clear, witty and critical. Loved your performance."

11:48 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub on his role in Tandav

Ali Abbas Zafar’s brief for Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub's role was simple — Shiva should have the anger and the passion that they used to have for politics, theatre and everything else. A dialogue from the series that has gone viral quotes freedom fighter Bhagat Singh — when Shiva says the revolutionary taught youth to study but also to fight when the time came.

"Bhagat Singh is someone that everyone now wants to claim as their own. I don’t think they have read him properly, especially the right wing people,” Ayyub told PTI. The dialogue, he added, was put in very deliberately as the show tries to break the notion that students should concern themselves only with studies and not take part in politics.

11:21 (IST)16 Jan 2021
'It’s quite close to what I am': Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub on his role in Tandav

Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub essays the role of Shiva in Ali Abbas Zafar’s political show and he feels his character has many parallels with his life as a student in Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College. Zeeshan believes it is important for artistes to engage with their surroundings.“It’s quite close to what I am,” Ayyub told PTI when asked whether the role was tailor-made for him.

10:39 (IST)16 Jan 2021
#BoycottTandav trends on social media

A few viewers are offended by the content of Ali Abbas Zafar's web series. 

"Dear @PrakashJavdekar ji, instruct your officers immediately to take cognizance of communal hate Tandav series. #BanTandavNow
#BoycottTandav," BJP spokesperson Gaurav Goel wrote on Twitter. 

"Tandav is anti Dalit and full of communal hatred against Hindus. Hurting sentiments of Hindus across the globe. Please write to
@PrakashJavdekar ji. #BanTandavNow," Ramesh Solanki tweeted. 

09:55 (IST)16 Jan 2021
'Average story, average acting'

Twitter user @puneetkh9 wrote on Twitter, "Over hyped series... average story, average acting..Waste of time. #Tandav #TandavOnPrime." 

09:30 (IST)16 Jan 2021
'Sunil Grover, loved your performance'

"@WhoSunilGrover loved your performance in #Tandav. P.S the series is pretty mediocre. Nothing impressive," @sank8725 said via Twitter. 

09:10 (IST)16 Jan 2021
'A brilliant performance by Sunil Grover'

A Twitter user @KamleshBokadia5 wrote, ".@WhoSunilGrover Paaji, kya brilliant performance hai yaar on #Tandav on @primevideoin. Some of your dialogues were like a googly, totally unexpected. @soniiannup @dirtigmanshu @aliabbaszafar."

22:42 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh is all praise for Sunil Grover
22:19 (IST)15 Jan 2021
'Sunil Grover nails his character'

Twitter user @SamRaat_World wrote, "The only Intresting and positive aspect of #Tandav was watching #SunilGrover nail his character. What stands out is his dialogue delivery and shrewd style of his English Accent. Gottaaaaa love the talent that this man promises. Supperb @WhoSunilGrover Paji, You are Amazing"

22:00 (IST)15 Jan 2021
It's a solid political drama: RJ Malishka

RJ-host Malishka tweeted, "Now watching #Tandav on @primevideoin. Anything that #SaifAliKhan does has to be on my watchlist. The cast all-round is so powerful, it’s a pleasure to watch and it’s got a solid political drama wala storyline. I recommend to binge watch this 30 min per episode series this weekend."

21:32 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Sayani Gupta cannot get enough of Tandav right from the start
21:16 (IST)15 Jan 2021
When Kritika Kamra tried to teach Siddharth Kannan some dance moves

Host and RJ Siddharth Kannan had some fun with Kritika Kamra.

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20:52 (IST)15 Jan 2021
'Zeeshan Ayyub is a powerhouse performer'

Twitter user @MonicaYadav08 wrote, "Watching #Tandav and realising how under-utilised #MohdZeeshanAyyub in Bollywood. He has done amazing work, not denying that. With this series, he continues to showcase what a powerhouse performer he is. He better get a LOT work after this series. @Mdzeeshanayyub"

20:32 (IST)15 Jan 2021
The experience, memories and learnings have been most important: Kritika Karma

Speaking about her takeway from Tandav, actir Kritika Karma told, "I have worked with some great people, and just the experience of being on the same set is my biggest takeaway. Tandav is the first series in this genre and it’s amazing as an actor to be a part of something so big. I think the experience, memories and learnings have been most important."

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20:10 (IST)15 Jan 2021
'One time watch'

Twitter user @manishpedia wrote, "#Tandav is a good one time watch. Fast paced. Sunil Grover in a new Avatar. 7/10 for sure."

19:50 (IST)15 Jan 2021
'An ordinary story'

Twitter user @rajuvijai wrote, "Ali Zafar has always been good at writing drama and it is the drama in #Tandav that makes it tick, for otherwise an ordinary story. The backdrop-- in the higher echelons of power-- aid the story further. Bring it on the second season!"

19:13 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Sidharth Shukla is supporting friend Gauahar
18:46 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Why Ali Abbas Zafar’s movies tick?

Ali Abbas Zafar is known for making crowd-pleasing films, and over the years, with many Salman Khan films, the filmmaker has proved that he has certainly cracked the code for making content that is loved by the masses.

As the filmmaker makes his debut web series Tandav on Amazon Prime Video on January 15, here's a look at what makes his films tick.

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17:46 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Maithili is a special character to me: Gauahar Khan

Speaking about her character, Gauahar Khan told, "She’s not someone who would panic and come under pressure, and that is why she is so close to Dimple ma’am’s character Anuradha. Maithili is a special character to me because of this overall power that she has in this game of power."

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17:33 (IST)15 Jan 2021
'Pursuit of power knows no bounds'

Aparna Purohit, Head of India Originals, Amazon Prime Video tweeted, "Love. Deceit. Greed. Betrayal. The pursuit of power knows no bounds! Immerse yourself in the intriguing world of #TandavOnPrime ! #Tandav streaming now on @PrimeVideoIN."

Talking about Tandav, Sunil Grover told, "I am happy and feeling lucky to be a part of this beautiful show. The subject is a serious one, but the drama of the show is what makes it more relatable. I had worked with Mr Ali Abbas Zafar earlier in Bharat, after that he called me for this role. I read the script and felt excited about it, it is a new world. The most difficult part for me was to stay still. My character is a very rigid, still guy, in terms of his posture."

He added, "Saif Ali Khan is such a passionate, dedicated actor. Despite having so much experience, he treated the show as if it was his first project. So I never felt like I was working with a 'senior' actor who had seen so many phases of the industry in his career."