Tandav: Amazon Prime Video release trailer for new series
Amazon Prime Video will be dropping its forthcoming drama Tandav on Friday, January 15. The show features a stellar cast and will explore political machinations in India through the prism of a fictional politician. Express.co.uk has the lowdown on the show and episode count.
How many episodes are in Tandav?
Tandav will consist of nine episodes, which Amazon Prime Video will be dropping globally in one go.
Amazon Prime Video has yet to share episode titles for Tandav but Express.co.uk will update this article when more information become available.
The drama is set in New Delhi and takes audiences on an immersive journey through the corridors of power with infighting and backstabbing along the way in the rise to the top.
Each of the characters hold dark secrets as they vie for control with murder, corruption and deception on the agenda.
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Following Samar Pratap Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan), Tandav sees how the crooked politician manipulates and controls the masses for his own ends.
Singh also enlists a young student Shivar Shekar (Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub) to do his bidding and inspire the younger generation to vote, another attempt at shoring up his power.
This student forms his own party called Tandav with which he plans to launch his political career.
There will be political enemies along the way and betrayal but for the moment Singh has the upper hand as the Machiavellian statesman.
Taking into account social media, technology, wealth and everything in between, Tandav will weave a complex tale.
Each instalment will focus on a different character arc with viewers getting an insight into each person featured in the show.
Tandav itself mean dance – a cosmic routine with the Hindu god Shiva who has the power to create and destroy with each step he takes, and so a fitting name for the show about ruling the roost.
Despite featuring plenty of duplicity and skulduggery, the likes of which would make House of Cards’ Frank Underwood smirk, Tandav isn’t based on Indian politics but is rather a fictional deep dive into this murky world.
Along with Khan and Ayyub, Tandav stars Dimple Kapadia as Anuradha Kishore, Sunil Grover as Gurpal Chauhan, Kritika Kamra as Sana Mir, and Sarah Jane Dias as Ayesha Pratap Singh.
Further cast members include Dino Morea, Gauahar Khan, Sandhya Mridul, Anup Soni, Paresh Pahuja, Shonali Nagrani, Hiten Tejwani, Amyra Dastur, Neha Hinge and Sukhmani Sadana.
Tandav has been created and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, who is also behind the movies Tiger Zindha Hai, Sultan and Bharat.
Zafar said he wanted to do a story with a Shakespearean core set in India and said politics was “in everything”.
He told Scroll.in: “The belief that politics is only about the people who run the country is only a popular way of politics.
“How can you be apolitical? Politics happens between a mother and son, father and daughter. It’s an emotional thing.”
Reflecting on creating a nine-hour story for television, something of a first of the filmmaker, Zafar said it was the biggest challenge.
Zafar explained: “With the little experience I have, managing people and scale is not difficult.
“What is difficult is to develop the patience to tell a story over nine hours.
“Every episode has to leave audiences hungry so they come back to watch the next episode and maybe the next season.”
Tandav is released on Amazon Prime Video on January 15
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