When you research a lot, you get the best information that you can put to use. This is exactly what the makers of Bandish Bandits did. They probably lived around Rajasthan for a few weeks, explored the Musical Gharana’s and may be even the oldest of them. They even researched the Ragas and the Thumris specifically and presented it. We keep forgetting about the rich heritage and culture Rajasthan has apart from the palaces, lakes and the history. Classical Music is one of them and Bandish Bandits displays that well.
When you see the posters and teaser, you’d be least interested to watch this show and be least interest to go back. OTT platforms have had a brilliant advantage during the pandemic as users are subscribing more than ever and sticking around. The ones who’ve been around have even renewed the subscription plans. They have a huge responsibility to pay back with good content and they are making sure that only the best content with all the work done in excellence should be released.
Bandish Bandits proves this and makes sure you feel your every penny’s worth when you watch shows like this. Earlier they released Rasbhari which was very badly marketed and negatively received by the audiences. It feels underrated when you see the content released. I’ve explained the obvious reasons here. I got my prime renewed a day before writing this article and if good content keeps flowing in like this – never stopping renewals with Prime.
Netflix on the other end is expensive and doesn’t always do the trick. We’ve loved content from them as well but not yet worth my money. But what are we complaining about, the pandemic has saved us so much money so we can watch all the new releases at home. I mean Dil Bechara, Gunjan Saxena and Sadak 2 already and so many more already considering to get their releases down from the theaters to an OTT platform and this fight will long a bit more.
Thats what Bandish Bandits is about. Good Story, Good Songs, Right Timing and Right Twists. In the entire series, the phrase bandish bandits doesn’t have a meaning. It is an album launching the two stars with their final song in the trilogy which apparently doesn’t work out later. People’s love for the OTT and the story has made sure bandish bandits reviews remain excellent and only gets better. It is ranked at 8.8 on IMDB and this is an increase from the original 8.5 they display to market on prime.
At the beginning your soul is satisfied to see Naseeruddin Shah holding up the screen and you now know it cannot be that bad since you’ve never seen the actor and actress before. The rest of the cast gets introduced before you know it and you suddenly realize you have a powerhouse of acting already and nothing can go wrong here on unless the script is mediocre, but the script turns out to be amazingly amazon.
Atleast the last 10 web series i have seen on Amazon have been amazing and you should watch them too if not already seen. Bandish Bandits songs are remarkable as Shankar Ehsaan and Loy come back to kill it with the fusion. Their compositions of classical and pop music is out of this world, they also used good singers and made sure the lyrics were well written. To add to this, these are the same composers that gave us the famous hindi rock music – Rock On. The movie and its songs still go on to live as the best music we ever heard. From Rock to Classical, they have excelled both.
All this is also happening in the midst of the Sushant Singh Rajput Circus and Arnab has now been converted to an investigator. My wife follows this so i have to. Also because, the lockdown continues to beat the shit out of our minds. Moving back, our protagonist Ritwik Bhowmik plays a simple 21 year old Rajasthani dude looking to win the heart of his Guruji who’s been the Sangeet Samrat for 25 years. Its their Indian Idol and he’s unbeatable. He decides to nominate his grandson Ritwik to take the reputation of his Gharana and also carry his ego along. The hero is very much interested to do so as singing was his ambition and this is an opportunity.
Enters Shreya who is an already established 2 youtube videos old pop star with a childhood dream of becoming a singer. Ritwik falls in love with her at first sight and since Shreya is too modern for a slow courtship, they start dating and screwing each other already. This is also to quench her search for the new song task her music company wants to offer her. One thing leads to another and they both become stars now, except for Ritwik has to wear a mask. This puts him in to trouble with his Gharana responsibilities.
Then things change and our protagonist is suddenly taking all the responsibilities in life and screwing the pop star at the same time. When we speak about the cast, bandish bandits actress Shreya Chaudhary is a beautiful face to introduce. She makes sure there is glamour where needed and innocence on the next level. She reminds us of Vani Kapoor before her plastic surgery days or from shudh desi romance but carries a magnetism of her own. She is believable as a hot pop star or a youtube star and definitely a girl-friend material you’d want to have.
The show is also a big hit as bandish bandits amazon prime cast has major actors that make you feel like they are the real singers you are watching. This is classical music we’re talking about. A character in the show mentions in the second episode itself that classical singing is like “gargling balls in the mouth”. I’m talking Atul Kulkarni, Naseeruddin Shah, Kunal Roy Kapur and the new comers Ritwik Bhowmik and Shreya Chaudhary. Flawless as a wave in the sea. You end up thinking they were the ones singing these songs. When they all do their best, there is nothing that goes wrong and it shows.
The web series makes sure we remain hooked till the end and since the characters are so real, you want things to happen in the right manner and fall in place for everyone. They leave you a surprise in the end and a good scope to begin the season 2.
My rating for Bandish Bandits is 3.5/5