Bandish Bandits: A rare treat of musical jugalbandi on OTT
Director: Anand Tiwari
Producer: Amritpal Singh Bindra
Character: Ritwik Bhowmik, Shreya Chaudhry, Naseeruddin Shah, Sheeba Chaddha, Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Roy Kapur
Duration: 10 episodes with 30-50 minutes running time
Platform: Amazon Prime
Original series ‘Bandish Bandits’ started streaming on Amazon Prime Video from August 4, 2020. Produced and created by Amritpal Singh Bindra and directed by Anand Tiwari, the all-new Amazon Original Series is set in Jodhpur and tells the story of two young musicians hailing from contrasting backgrounds.
Speaking about his character, Ritwik Bhowmik had said, “There wasn’t any physical transformation or training for Radhe’s character. However, I was asked to be mentally prepared to shoot 3 days’ sequence in the scorching heat of 57 degree Celsius. I was barefoot and topless while shooting the entire scene. We kept on doing it with a smiling face knowing the fact that something great was coming our way.”
‘Bandish Bandits’ brings the purity of Hindustani classical music and packages it in a way that is appealing for a generation reared on hip-hop, rap and Punjabi pop. Naseeruddin Shah brings his own magic to the small screen as the head of a sangeet gharana.
The trailer received approximately 20,603,502 views.
For a series based on music, song launches were given a lot of importance.
Ahead of its premiere, Amazon Prime Video released the music video of the track titled ‘Sajan Bin’, composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, sung by Shivam Mahadevan and Jonita Gandhi, with lyrics written by Divyanshu Malhotra and Couple Goals.
Speaking about the music track of ‘Bandish Bandits’, Shankar Ehsaan Loy said, “‘Bandish Bandits’ is special for us in more ways than one. Not only does it mark our digital debut, the soundtrack also allowed us experiment with contrasting musical genres ranging – from Rajasthani folk and Indian Classical to Pop and combine them to create something wholly unique. We’ve worked with artists from across the country for ‘Bandish Bandits’ and we’re confident that the soundtrack has something for everyone. It’s truly exiting and we hope the audience enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it.”
They also released a new music video for ‘Chedkhaniyaan’, sung by Shivam Mahadevan and Pratibha Singh Baghel, a fun and peppy song which takes us through the romance and nok-jhoks of couples in their everyday lives.
In the lead-up to the Series’ launch, Amazon Prime Video organised a virtual music concert, which was headlined by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and featured acts by some of the most popular names from the Indian music industry, such as Armaan Malik, Jonita Gandhi, Prateek Kuhad, Shivam Mahadevan, Mame Khan, Ravi Mishra and Pratibha Singh Baghel.
“We’re thrilled with the response to the ‘Bandish Bandits’ soundtrack. It is a really special album and an equally special show, it is our first musical and Shankar Ehsaan Loy have done complete justice to the story of ‘Bandish Bandits’ with their soulful soundtrack. We are excited about the ‘Bandish Bandits’ concert and can’t wait for our customers to immerse themselves in the coulourful and melodious world of this series,” said Aparna Purohit, Head of India Originals, Amazon Prime Video.
Actors Give Shout Out to ‘Bandish Bandits’
Actors like Vicky Kaushal, Siddharth Shukla, Shehnaaz Gill, and Sumeet Vyas gave a shout out to this series in a quirky way.
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Literally watching the ending of this show on REPEAT! #BandishBandits is the perfect watch in this ‘garaj-garaj’ mausam! Totally enjoyed! Many congratulations to my brothers @anandntiwari and @bindraamritpal for directing and creating this wonderful show! Catch it on @primevideoin.
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@anandntiwari & @bindraamritpal I've known about #bandishbandits since it was a germ of an idea, to see it blossom into this mega show with the who's who of tinsel town talking about it, makes me so happy and proud. It takes a part of what you've lived and dreamt, these stories... Hope the effort drained you dry and enriched you enough, to gear up for the next one. Kudos to @primevideoin for bringing such delicious content one after another.