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Friday, April 16, 2021

Bandish Bandits review: This show manages to pull off all the right chords

Bandish Bandits is a coming of age film for more reasons than one and hence. The movie successfully kickstarts a conversation around the two opposing genres of music – hip hop and classical. However, as it turns out, the real question is do they really have to be opposite after all?

The show has a rather interesting cast with the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Rajesh Tailang, Aditya Roy Kapur, Amit Mistry, Ritwik Bhowmik, Shreya Chaudhry in pivotal roles. Directed by Anand Tiwari, the series is as relatable as it gets with the perfections.

Sangeet Samrat Rathod is who we could have imagined as one of the strict ‘gurus’ during earlier times. While he is one in the present, the sure has a strong sense of ethics. His grandson Radhe (Ritwik) is one of his finest.

Amid all of this, there comes in a clash between the most classic opposites ever – the debate around new and old. While Radhe sure is in awe of Tamanna (Shreya), he has his own reasons to support that kind of studio music.

Bandish Bandits is as cliched as it gets for what it is portraying, however, it does so with its own sense of uniqueness. None the less, it sure has its own loopholes, much like is expected from it, but it has our hearts.

What this series rightly does is to take both forms of music to a level playing field instead of pitting them against each other. The music scores a 10 on 10 for us courtesy the great Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Apart from great performances, staying true to the topic, and amazing locales, Bandish Bandits is a must-watch.

With a fairly woven tale, almost perfect add-ons, Bandish Bandits is sure to have a successful season 2. Though the makers might want to work their way around doing away with certain stereotypes, it is good to go!

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