The Amazon Prime’s political drama ‘Tandav’ is all about ambitious people and pressure, says lead actor Saif Ali Khan
Set in Delhi, Tandav aims to take viewers inside the closed, chaotic corridors of power and uncover the manipulations, charades as well as the dark secrets of people who will go to any lengths in pursuit of power.
The Amazon Prime Video series marks the digital debut of Dimple Kapadia. The 63-year-old actor quipped that she is now “flavour of the season”, thanks to her Hollywood debut with filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. She also said she was instantly drawn to the fascinating story of Tandav and its rich ensemble cast.
“To get an opportunity to work with Ali Abbas Zafar was a major draw for me. My character is well etched and I thought it was interesting and a lot of fun. Web gives you more screentime, so your character can be developed a lot more. It’s great to be in this space,” she added.
The series also marks the digital debut of Zafar, known for directing blockbusters such as Tiger Zinda Hai, Bharat and Sultan. The filmmaker said he initially wanted to make Tandav as a film but soon realised that only long format would justify the material they had.
Two weeks after the release of his blockbuster Salman Khan-starrer Sultan in 2016, Zafar met Aparna Purohit, Head of India Originals at Amazon Prime Video to pitch the show. “We kept going back and forth. Tiger Zinda Hai happened, then Bharat released and the show kept getting pushed. But post Bharat I realised I had to jump into it. That’s how the journey started,” he added.
Produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Zafar, Tandav also stars Dino Morea, Sunil Grover, Gauahar Khan, Amyra Dastur, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Sandhya Mridul, Anup Soni, Hitten Tejwani, Paresh Pahuja and Shonali Nagrani, among others.