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Starring: Shreya Chaudhary, Ritwik Bhowmik, Naseeruddin Shah, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sheeba Chadha

Directed by: Anand Tiwari

Written by: Amritpal Singh Bindra, Anand Tiwari

What is it about:

Bandish Bandits is a coming-of-age, ten-episode, music-themed series. The story focuses on Radhe (Ritwik Bhowmik) and Tamanna (Shreya Choudhary). Radhe’s grandfather, Pandit Radhe Mohan Rathod (Naseeruddin Shah), is a celebrated singer, a strict disciplinarian, and believes the purity of music should not be tainted by filthy lucre or light music. Radhe’s father meanwhile tries to earn money and keeps the house (haveli) running. And of course, he falls prey to evil money grabbing bankers and money lenders. There is also Rajendra’s brother Devendra who is making money on the side by singing ad jingles. Biggest aim that Radhe has is that he wants to win his grandfather’s approval, while his father sends him off to work at the palace. At the other side of the country, in Mumbai, is the popstar Tamanna. While her record company is contemplating terminating her contract after she was trolled for her latest song, she rushes off to Jodhpur in search of some inspiration. That is where Radhe and Tamanna meet and Tamanna sees him as the source of inspiration for her next song. What happens next forms the rest of the show.

What we liked:

First off, this being a musical series of sorts, the music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is great and strikes a chord with you instantly. The mix of classical and the peppy new age pop throughout the series and the way it has been done is commendable. This show has a light story and is consists of 10 episodes which works in its favour. Seeing a new pairing on screen is also very refreshing. Both the actors, Shreya and Ritwik have done a wonderful job and their chemistry comes off well on the screen. Naseeruddin Shah is dependable as ever in the show and delivers a fantastic performance. Rahul Kumar and Kunaal Roy Kapur provide the much needed comic relief in the show. The series is also has a nice visual appeal with locations in Rajasthan shot beautifully.

What we didn’t like:

One of the big off about the show is how everything has been stereotyped and made a little over the top. Things could have been toned down a little bit and that would have done wonders. The plot is light but has its own flaws and could have been better. The biggest flaw in the writing is the timing of things and most of it is bad and a few places while you were trying to register one thing, another thing immediately pops up. Feels a little chaotic.

BANDISH BANDITS is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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