In a first, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan allowed the crew of his upcoming web series ‘Tandav’ to film inside the royal Pataudi Palace.
Produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar, 'Tandav' is created and directed by Zafar making it his digital directorial debut.
Saif asserted that he never allows film crew on his property, but made an exception for the show.
In an interaction with Mid-Day, Khan said that the palace remains unused 340 days of the year and given how film crews are more responsible these days, he made an exception to film not just the exteriors but allowed them to operate inside too.
Albeit he did mention that the idea of a shoot being conducted there still makes him nervous.
The trailer of ‘Tandav’ takes viewers behind the closed, chaotic corridors of power and politics of India.
It begins with the demise of Saif Ali Khan's father in the show who is serving as the Prime Minister of India and is not willing to retire anytime soon.
Following his father's demise, Khan's character Samar feels that he will inherit the throne as his party had won the Lok Sabha elections.
Set in the capital of the world's largest democracy, the trailer then travels the gripping twists with several characters fighting each other to come into power.
With the involvement of issues like student politics and the tussle for power between members of the same political party, the series showcases the extent to which people go in the pursuit of power.
Talking about his character in 'Tandav,' Khan said, "The entertainment industry in India is going through a renaissance and stories like Tandav are at the forefront of this change." "As an actor, for me a good piece of dramatic writing and a compelling creation featuring grey characters is always exciting. As I read about the complexities of my character Samar and dived deeper into the world of Tandav, I knew that I had to play this character," he added.
Along with Zafar, Tandav also marks the digital debut for actors Dimple Kapadia and Kritika Kamra.
Kapadia is portraying the role of another senior party member from Khan's political party who believes herself to be fit to be the next Prime Minister.
The nine-episode engrossing political drama is written by Gaurav Solanki and features a stellar ensemble cast including Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Gauahar Khan, Amyra Dastur, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, and Kritika Kamra, among others.
The show that sees Khan in the role of a charismatic political leader will release on Amazon Prime Video on January 15.