REVIEW: BANDSH BANDITS [ New Series on AMAZON PRIME]
IF I hadn’t been referred to watch this new series, I may not have watched it. ( Why: That will come later on!)
IF you are a hardcore addict of violence, crime and continuous thrill infused movie buff,
IF you are someone who doesn’t like to see fresh faces on the stale idiot box,
IF you are someone who hates classical music of any kind, including that which is churned out by the ace team of SHANKAR EHSAAN LOY,
IF you are someone, who doesn’t find NASEERUDDIN SHAH to be a great actor,
IF you are someone who gets put off by the brilliant scenes and the blues dotting the buildings in a place like Jodhpur,
IF you are someone who loves loud melodrama,
THEN, it is best that you stay away from this magnificently crafted!
THEN, it will also be a waste of time for you to read further!
If you are reading this line, it means, that you have answered in the negative, at least a few of the above points!
And without much further ado, let me straight away recommend that you watch BANDISH BANDITS. And I am giving it a straight Four out of Five stars in my rating scheme!
It shouldn’t really matter that perhaps I have seen too many “thrillers” of late, and therefore when a classical music based series like this came in my line of vision, I might have been biased in my rating.
Because that shouldn’t take away the credit from the aspects of the ten episodes of Season One of BANDISH BANDITS, which make it a worth watch. It is rare for someone to take a risk to mount a theme like this on such a large scale, but writers Anand Tiwari ( who is also the director),Adhir Bhat, Amritpal Singh Bindra and Lara Chandni have very cleverly infused modernity and contemporary situations against the background of Hindustani Classical music. That coupled with superb acting by everyone ( which includes thespians like Naseeruddin Shah and Atul Kulkarni and a host of fresh faces), music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and pleasing settings of Jodhpur help create an entertainment package, which should please everyone except the very hardcore purists of classical music.
Do not get put off by the usage of “classical” cuss words mouthed by a few characters now and then; remember that we are talking of contemporary times!
The last time, I saw a well made classical music based movie was five years back. That was the Marathi movie, KATYAR KALJAT GHUSALI starring Shankar Mahadevan, who made his acting debut. If you haven’t seen it, let me tell you, that it is on ZEE5. Don’t miss it!
Coming back to what I wrote in the beginning of this post, I thought that this was another series about the underworld and BANDITS and would have stayed away from it! Thanks to my dear friends for recommending this to me!
RATING: 4 out of 5
August 9th, 2020