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Tandav : Short Film Review


Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Vibhavari Deshpande, Anvita Dutt
Director: Devashish Makhija
Language: Hindi
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 5th February 2016


Tandav explores a variety of themes, most notably the struggles of the aam aadmi. Head constable Tambe is torn between following the righteous trail and being seduced by the dark path of dishonesty. But that’s not all; Tambe has also been assigned night duty at Ganpati visarjan. It seems as if life is just pushing him until he reaches his breaking point…but will he? Standing at 11 minutes long, Devashish Makhija’s Tandav is intense, erratic and leaves you with a smile on your face despite its chaotic proceedings.


  • Manoj Bajpayee is the most versatile yet underrated actor in the country and portrays myriad emotions throughout with finesse of a veteran
  • The beauty of Taandav lies in its treatment and direction more than anything. It is this simplicity that adds to its slice of life like tone.
  • The film uses minimum dialogue to balance out the heavy, vibrant background score
  • Fantastic use of the soundtrack by Nucleya adds a raw, local flavor with its signature heavy bass tunes.


  • The screenplay could’ve benefitted without the repetitive, prolonged scenes
  • The video editing might feel like its over-the-top, although it aids in explaining the character’s psyche.


Taandav is Manoj Bajpayee’s win. It fills you with bitter-sweet emotions and is satisfying in a way, that’ll inspire you to do your TANDAV.


  • Director Debashish Makhija is also an author and has earlier worked on projects such as Black Friday and Bunty Aur Babli, and directed short films – El’aychi and Agli Baar. 
  • In 2015, Devashish Makhija and  Manoj Bajpayee were trying to find producers for a feature film about the struggles of a low-rank policeman, but no one was willing to back it. So, they decided to make a short film instead which resulted in ‘Taandav’.


Also Read: Nayatara’s Necklace: Short Film Review


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