Amazon Prime Video is set to kickstart 2021 with its much-awaited political drama Tandav, releasing this Friday. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, this fictional series promises to take the audience through the chaotic lanes of Indian politics that are abound with deceit, manipulation, greed, ambition and violence.
Tandav packs a large cast that boasts of some rather talented and accomplished artists. Here’s a look at the who’s who in the series.
Saif Ali Khan as Samar Pratap Singh
Fierce, radical, authoritative and conniving like Chanakya, Samar Pratap is the blue-blooded crown prince of a political empire. His youth appeal and oratory skills draws huge crowds.
Dimple Kapadia as Anuradha Kishore
Anuradha is one of the senior-most politicians in the country. A lady who is strong-headed and intelligent, she is a long-term associate of the country’s prime minister.
Tigmanshu Dhulia as Devki Nandan
Devki Nandan is a dynamic and liberal politician, and is about to sit on the PM’s chair for a third consecutive term. He shares an estranged relationship with his son Samar, and is wary of Samar’s hunger for power.
Sunil Grover as Gurpal Chauhan
Samar Pratap’s most trusted man, Gurpal dutifully pulls all strings to establish Samar as a political bigwig. He is cunning, ruthless and more dangerous than meets the eye.
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Shiva Shekhar
A student of political science, Shiva is a humanitarian and a charismatic individual. But soon he finds himself entwined in the devious world of politics.
Kumud Mishra as Gopal Das Munshi
Gopal Das is Devki Nandan’s closest political ally. Their association goes back to the days of student unrest that propelled their political party into being. He has never been the PM, but has been the reason behind three of them being dethroned.
Gauahar Khan as Maithili Sharan
Maithili is Anuradha’s secretary and her closest confidante. Maithili is to Anuradha what Gurpal is to Samar, albeit more refined in demeanour.
Kritika Kamra as Sana Mir
Hailing from Kashmir, Sana is also pursuing political science alongside Shiva. A complex character, her personal life is full of secrets, compelling her to go against her ideals and ruin the lives of people she loves.
Dino Morea as Professor Jigar Sampath
Magnetic, intelligent and broken, Jigar is a professor of political science who finds himself caught between the colliding worlds of politics and student politics.
Sarah Jane Dias as Ayesha Pratap Singh
Ayesha is Samar’s wife and pillar of strength. She is attractive, smart and at times more manipulative than her husband.
Anuup Soni as Kailash Kumar
A well-read politician from Madhya Pradesh, Kailash is a close aide to Gopal Das. He is more progressive than most of the other netas of his party.
Sandhya Mridul as Professor Sandhya Nigam
Sandhya is a self-made woman and a well-known professor at the university where Shiva and Sana are studying. She is undergoing a divorce from her husband Jigar and is currently dating a senior politician.
Shonali Nagrani as Aditi Mishra
Aditi is the first female fighter pilot of the country, and is popular in the media as well as social media. Smart, canny and sharp-witted, she is close to Samar.
Watch the trailer of Tandav here.