Taandav: Short Film Review

We’ve all, at one point of time or another, have been so overwhelmed by life that we just stopped caring. No film has depicted this feeling as beautifully as Devashish Makhija‘s Taandav.


The short film follows Head Constable Tamble (Manoj Bajpayee) who has just had enough. From a family that won’t talk to him to friends who feel betrayed by him, he’s had a rough couple of days. But that’s not all, Tambe has also been assigned duty at the Ganpati visarjan. It seems as if life is just pushing him until he reaches his breaking point…but will he?

Dark comedy has rarely been done as well as it has in Taandav. The short film explores a variety of themes, most notably the struggles of the aam aadmi. But these struggles go way beyond the struggle for survival that most films depict. In just eleven minutes, the film talks about corruption, morality and the art of letting go. In other hands, this could’ve been a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, that is not the case for Taandav.

Once again, Manoj Bajpayee shows us why he’s one of the most underrated actors in the country. He manages to showcase both, the restrained and over-the-top sides of his character, with great finesse. The actor has spoken about how passionate he is about Taandav, and it shows in his performance. In fact, his work makes it hard to fully appreciate the supporting cast – because you just can’t peel your eyes off Bajpayee!

But that’s not all. The short film, directed by Devashish Makhija, also features a fantastic soundtrack by Nucleya. The musician, whose tunes have taken the country by storm, adds a local flavor to his signature heavy bass tunes, which will make viewers want to join in the taandav!

All this and more makes Taandav a short film that you must not miss. Watch it here, if you haven’t already:

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