Saif Ali Khan has already surprised viewers with his bold, vulnerable and charismatic character in the upcoming Amazon Original Series Tandav. The exciting 3-minute trailer with more than 25 million views has already thrilled the audience and made them wait eagerly for the premiere of the show to witness the first Indian political thriller of its kind. Tandav was created by Ali Abbas Zafar and will see Saif in a complex, unprecedented character. Recently, the actor revealed some lesser-known details about his character on the show and the challenges he faced while ensuring a gripping performance.
Saif Ali Khan said, “There were different influences on how you do something and how you prepare for a particular character. My character is a politician who tends to talk a lot in public places and so there was a lot of Sanskrit-oriented Hindi speech that I had to prepare for Samar’s character. The fun fact here is – I love to speak Sanskrit. Sometimes we have a tough day of filming and sometimes we have an easier day. On this show, I had to do almost 4 Sanskrit speeches every day. So I had to learn a lot of high performance lines to perfect this role. “
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When Saif played a gray shaded character on the show, he recalled, “I’ve played a few roles with gray shaded characters and really enjoyed them. Instead of playing milky white characters, I find that more interesting and experimental. I’m happy to be able to play Samar’s character – vulnerable, wild, authoritarian and friendly. It’s like channeling a different part of your energy. Besides, I don’t think it’s risky at all to play the character of a politician. Tandav is not a documentary, but a fictional report.
Produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar, the 9-episode political drama consists of a strong cast including Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea Kumud Mishra, Gauahar Khan, Amyra Dastur and Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Sandhya Mridul, Annup Sonii, Hitten Ttejwani, Paresh Pahuja and Shonali Nagrani.