Bandish Bandits Review: This Amazon Prime Musical Drama is a Nice Treat for the Ears & Eyes (Almost)

Bandish Bandits Review: This Amazon Prime Musical Drama is a Nice Treat for the Ears & Eyes (Almost)

Bandish Bandits Review: This latest web series on Amazon Prime is capable of hitting the right chords as it showcases a nicely crafted ‘Jugalbandi’ between the ages old traditional music and the urban sensational pop-music.

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Quick Facts About Bandish Bandits

Bandish Bandits star cast: Ritwik Bhowmik (as Radhe Rathod), Shreya Chaudhry (as Tamanna Sharma), Naseeruddin Shah (as Pandit Radhemohan Rathod), Atul Kulkarni (as Digvijay Rathod), Sheeba Chaddha (as Mohini Rathod), Rajesh Tailang (as Rajendra Rathod), Amit Mistry (as Devendra Rathod), Kunaal Roy Kapur as Arghya

Bandish Bandits Director: Anand Tiwari

Bandish Bandits Review Rating: 3.5 Star out of 5

Bandish Bandits Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Bandish Bandits web series length: Total 10 episodes with running length of 40-50 Minutes each

OTT Platforms in India, nowadays are filled with web series in genres like crime, gang wars, brutality and not so good (double meaning) comedy. Amidst this, a refreshing air of change has been flowing named as Bandish Bandits on Amazon Prime Video, that has kept the Indian classical music in its central theme.

What makes Bandish Bandits unique is its storytelling around different competing cultures, traditional values with a realization that classical Indian music can also be very cool and loved  by modern youth.

Web Series Bandish Bandits Review: Story Synopsis

At the outset, the title itself of this Amazon Prime webseries Bandish Bandits is appealing. Bandish term is used for Hindustani music composition and Bandit means daredevilry.

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The series opens up with the courtyard of a haveli at Jodhpur, Rajasthan where sangeet samrat, Pandit Radhemohan Rathod (Naseeruddin Shah) is giving classes to his disciples of Indian classical music. Among his disciples, there is Radhe Rathod (Ritwik Bhowmik) who is the grandson of Pandit Radhemohan and holds responsibility of taking the traditional Rathod Gharana of Jodhpur to the future.

Radhe is the prodigy of classical music of Jodhpur and dedicated to both music and his grandfather who is addressed fondly as Pandit Ji by his students. Here enters the young and bold Tamanna Sharma (Shreya Chaudhry) who is a YouTube sensation from Mumbai and believes that Indian classical music is like ‘a goat getting strangled’. Her belief shatters when she hears Radhe singing in a music concert and Radhe in return gets smitten by Tamanna’s urban-chic looks.

Here starts the clash between the modern-sensational and old-traditional music which is inherited as a dharohar to shishya (student) by his guru (teacher) after years of riyaz (practice) and strict discipline.

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What happens next is the series of events of love, emotions, betrayal, secrets and jugalbandis, nicely portrayed by the versatile star cast: Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Sheebha Chadha and Rajesh Tailang.

Bandish Bandits Review: Star Cast, Music and Direction

The entire star cast of Bandish Bandit has been amazing in their respective characters. Starting from the new faces Ritwik Bhowmik and Shreya Chaudhry both are a delight on screen to watch. They are rightly fit in their roles to represent the millennials with the right balance of emotions of love, anger and overall chemistry.

Naseeruddin Shah has been outstanding as sangeet samrat and his expressions even without dialogue (at few scenes) are worth watching. Shah has once again nicely played with ragas after his similar role as Ghulfam Hassan in Sarfarosh (1999).

Atul Kulkarni as Digvijay, Sheeba Chaddha (Mohini) and Rajesh Tailang (Rajendra) did pretty well with their parts of showing the right emotions. Kunaal Roy Kapur as Arghya’s role is filled with lots of humour and cuss-words which sometimes sounds, who talks like this?

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Bandish Bandit also marks the debut for sensational music trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The music of Bandish Bandit is a true sensory delight, songs “Virah”, “Labb par aaye”, “Sajan bin” and “Garaj Garaj” jugalbandi are the classic ones.
Comic genius Anand Tiwari has been a surprise package as a director for such kind of web series. With Bandish Bandit, Anand Tiwari proved his amazing sense of script and filmmaking.

Bandish Bandits Review Conclusion: Watch it or Skip it?

If music is your type of genre then we highly recommend watching Bandish Bandits as it will delight you at all fronts: the cast, story, pace, dialogues, music and direction.

In a nutshell, Amazon’s new series, Bandish Bandits is all about making the Hindustani classical music appealing to the Gen X, the youth. A dialogue, “Ten seconds, that’s what we have to catch the attention of the millennial”, says one character to the another, sets the tone of the series in this direction. You will also know about musical terms such as: taan, teevra aur madhyam sur, alaap, avartan, gharana and shudhikaran.

The frequent use of the cuss words (both in english and hindi), by Radhe’s friend Kabir and Tamanna’s agent Arghya doesn’t make Bandish Bandit a family series. So watch it with your headsets on.

The nicely captured architectural beauty of Jodhpur city will stun you and the famous mirchi pakoda, that characters are shown eating, looks really tempting.

Bandish Bandits is easy and breezy but tied loosely at the end which clearly shows that it has a season two coming up.

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