The need to revive interest in classical music. And the fact that there doesn’t need to be a rift between the classical and the popular, needs to be on-going. Bandish Bandits keeps up focus on this crucial theme.
Directed by Amritpal Singh Bindra and Anand Tiwari, Bandish Bandits is a coming-of-age series that strongly bases itself around music. Initially it highlights the clash between the totally distinct worlds of Indian classical and contemporary music. Before weaving in other issues like family feuds, generation gap, suppression of women, talent vs beauty, choosing between popularity, money and loyalty, and tension between lovers.
The show boasts off an extravagant star cast including Indian cinematic legend Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Rajesh Tailang, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sheeba Chaddha, Amit Mistry, Ritwik Bhowmik, Shreya Chaudhry, Tridha Choudhary, Rahul Kumar
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While the exceedingly busy narrative helps you stay glued to the series. There is a little overdose of riyaz that could make you want to hit the fast forward button. The two leads Shreya Choudhry and Ritwik Bhowmik have managed to present a variety of emotions. As enthusiastic youngsters and love birds who are trying to make a mark for themselves. Naseeruddin Shah is simply brilliant as an old school gharana guardian from a conservative Rajasthani family. And a guru who is hesitant with praises. To add to everything else, the entry of Digvijay (Atul Kulkarni) from Bikaner Gharana brings an interesting twist to the tale. Rahul Kumar and Kunaal Roy Kapur are bound to impress you with their comic timing by delivering a decent number of laughs.
For our final verdict. Bandish Bandits is a great break from those everyday murder mysteries steeped in distrust and deceit. What else? Some stunning visuals of Jodhpur and its grand havelis and forts are a delight for the viewers.