Why PrimeVideo’s Bandish Bandits is a whiff of fresh air among hordes of other Web-series|Rating 8/10

Driven by brilliant performances by Naseeruddin Shah, Shreya Chaudhary, Ritwik Bhowmik in lead roles, Bandish Bandits is fantastically woven around Music of two cultures: Classical vs. Pop.

Bandish Bandits is the celebration of Music

The series of 10 episodes is an innovative attempt at showcasing the generational differences between the music genres. It strikes the correct chords and is rightfully devoid of the repetitive crime scenes, boring thrillers and overused political dramas that we see as a regular attempt in lot of other web-series these days. The story is fresh, lovable and relatable except for some hardly required but ignorable instances.

Actors’ Performances

Seen after a long hiatus, Naseeruddin Shah looks refreshing as ever and beautifully commands the series. His acting expertise in Indian Cinema is second to none. Playing the Role of a Music Pandit based out of Jodhpur Gharana, he has done a great justice and appeals to the character magnificently.

Shreya Chowdhary – The young actress will blow you away. Though she looks like the Southern Superstar Tamanna Bhatia, but you are bound to fall in love with Shreya given the kind of role she has pulled off. Playing a Mumbai-based high-energy pop musician in the series, she has skillfully perfected the character expected out of her.

Ritwik Bhowmik – He has amazing, natural and raw acting ability. He plays a classical music prodigy in the form of grandson of Naseeruddin Shah who expects the former to take over reins of Jodhpur Music-Gharana from him. He has acted very well, pure and deserves appreciation for such an execution.

The supporting cast have been brilliant as well. Atul Kulkarni, Sheeba Chaddha and an engrossing Rajesh Tailang have played their roles exceptionally well apart from other supporting actors.

Story, Direction & Screenplay

Story starts strong but loses track at one point or the other third episode onwards. Screenplay is outstanding. A musical web-series would have gone boring had it not been for the playfully dramatic screenplay. Direction is good but unnecessary use of cuss words is questionable as to why at all it was required. DIrectors – Anand Tiwari and Amritpal Singh Bindra – would have done a better job by eliminating the verbal expletives keeping up with the pace and sacredness attached to this musical story.

The complete show looks as authentic as it could be. Not an easy task to keep up with the originality of the things, the makers have done an outstanding job. The musical score to the series has been given by the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy which is untouched and raw and depicts greatness of Indian Music.

The stage, real-life shows, the complete set-up and locations exude never seen before genuineness put to a webseries. The audience will find the web-series as one of its kind musical ride which is decked up with utmost sincerity. The music and songs put into the series have been taken from real Music Gharana. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty’s thumri has often been used.

Bandish Bandits is a treat to the eyes. It’s a must watch and deserves 8 out of 10 stars.

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