Bandish Bandits Review: At Its Best The Series Surrenders To The Beauty Of Music

Bandish Bandits Review
Bandish Bandits Review

The 10-episode series marks the digital debut of composing trio, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy

Bandish Bandits is an Amazon Prime Video’s web series, produced by Still & Still Moving Pictures & directed by Anand Tiwari. Bandish Bandits is a love story created by director Anand Tiwari and Amritpal Singh Bindra. It is indeed a family drama where tradition-meets-modernity. The series was officially announced on July 13 which stars Ritwik Bhowmik (Radhe) and Shreya Chaudhry (Tamanna) in lead roles. The show explores various parts of Rajasthan and it is the story of Radhe and Tamanna who come from very different worlds of music but set out together on a journey of self-discovery. The music is composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy with lyrics written by Divyanshu Malhotra, Tanishk S Nabar, Sameer Samant.

Bandish Bandits Review
Bandish Bandits Review

Director: Anand Tiwari and Amritpal Singh Bindra

Genre: Romance Drama 

In Theatres: 4th August, 2020

Runtime: 1 season 10 episodes

Studio: Still and Still Moving Pictures

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Sheeba Chadda, Rajesh Tailang, Ritwik Bhowmik, Shreya Chaudhry, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Amit Mistry, Rahul Kumar, Tridha Choudhury

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Bandish Bandits – Official Trailer

Bandish Bandits Review

When all the digital grounds are surrounded with crime thrillers, there comes a love series.The 10-episode series marks the digital debut of composing trio, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, the music is catchy and shot on location in Rajasthan and Mumbai. The series opens in Jodhpur, in the ‘aangan’ of a big haveli, where strict Panditji (Naseeruddin Shah) is holding a class. He’s the crusty custodian of his ‘gharana’, and is particular about his discipline and his disciples. Together with Shah you see Radhe Mohan (Bhowmik) who happens to be his grandson, but like all other ‘shishyas’, addresses him as Panditji. 

Bandish Bandits Review
Bandish Bandits Review

At its best, the series surrenders to the beauty music, that too, Indian classical music. The story is simple, at one end you see Radhe, who is trying very hard so that his guru (Pandit ji) officially accepts him as his disciple. Both Radhe’s father (Rajesh Tailang) and uncle (Amit Mistry) have failed the eligibility test. While at the other end there is pop sensation and live performer Tamanna (Shreya Chaudhary). Soon Radhe meets Tamanna, who is in search of inspiration to design a hit song to fulfill her dream of performing alongside international pop sensation Queen Elli. Radhe secretly joins hands with Tamanna to help his family to pay their debt. Soon, Radhe becomes a national sensation as the singer “Masked Man” along with Tamanna and the duo is called Bandish Bandits. And their partnership converts into love. 

Bandish Bandits Review
Bandish Bandits Review

But what is life without hurdles? How long can Radhe keep his secret? When another secret is waiting to be explored, the secret of Pandit Rathore’s elder son (from an earlier musician wife) and ex-disciple Digvijay (Atul Kulkarni). He represents the Bikaner Gharana.  A competition between Digvijay and Radhe will decide the family’s future.

And this is praiseworthy that all the characters did their part very well. Naseeruddin Shah and Atul Kulkarni, they both are just marvellous. The lovebirds Ritwik Bhowmik, Shreya Chaudhry are simply amazing. Rajesh Tailang as the feckless son and Sheeba Chaddha as the idol daughter in law are good to watch. Amit Mistry makes his impact. Rahul Kumar, as chirpy best friend, delivers a worthy performance. Tamanna’s friend Arghya (Kunaal Roy Kapur) adds extra flavour. Tridha Choudhury has a limited role but she justifies it.

Meanwhile Radhe and Tamanna have parted away. Will they meet again???? For that you surely need a sequel. Will Radhe succeed in establishing himself as a rising star and save his grandpa’s gharana? Watch Bandish Bandits to watch lovebirds and their musical struggle to find common ground between the two opposing worlds.

Shreya Chaudhry in Bandish Bandit
Shreya Chaudhry in Bandish Bandit
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