Amritpal Singh Bindra and Anand Tiwari on portraying the perfect Jugalbandi through ‘Bandish Bandits’
It was a rainy day and the weather was pleasant and cheerful in Delhi. I was in the mood to watch the 3rd episode of BANDISH BANDITS that has garnered an astounding response. As I was preparing to set the tone right with a cuppa in my hand, I received a call from my colleague to interact with the makers of Bandish Bandits, I felt ecstatic and could not ask for more. I was not prepared with my set of questions but thought of going impromptu with my interview.
The interaction with makers of BANDISH BANDITS remained informal, uninterrupted, and lively. Amritpal Singh Bindra and Anand Tiwari make a formidable team and are known to be the best of friends too. Both met during “Barfi!’ while working as assistant directors since then they decided to work together. BANDISH BANDITS is produced and created by Amritpal Singh Bindra and directed by Anand Tiwari. The success of the show can easily be attributed to its exquisite content, incredible music and picturesque locations Albeit, this must be mentioned that the histrionics of veterans like Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Sheeba Chaddhaand energy of youngsters Ritwik Bhowmik and Shreya Chaudhary was simply infectious. Once you start watching the show you want to finish off watching all episodes in one day only. In an era of web series dominated by crime, sex, and thriller BANDISH BANDITS surely remains a refreshing change. This should perhaps motivate many others to toe the line.
Q. Please tell us about jugalbandi two of you have for the past many years, how you guys have pulled it off so successfully? Share the mantra with our readers and viewers too.
Q. Still, You must be having your moments of challenges and disagreements too, how do you overcome those moments?
Q. What was the initial idea of starting Bandish Bandits?
Amritpal Singh Bindra: These lead characters have different backgrounds, set up, and mindsets. Yet music binds them and brings them to a common platform through different styles of music they follow.
Q. How did you zero in on the story?
Q. Why did you prefer the digital medium to release BANDISH BANDITS?
We all saw that during the time of COVID too this medium remained the most effective and bankable medium for entertainment. Content at OTT is much wider than television of movies, its vast landscape with a wider horizon, many untapped subjects are being dealt with quite intelligently on the digital platforms. And I strongly believe that the popularity of this platform is gaining is there to stay for long.
Amritpal Singh Bindra: Its popularity and growth has been phenomenal and we are glad that we released the show on this medium. The overwhelming response show has received has only motivated us to keep churning more such work for the OTT platform. Comparing its growth and pace it had taken television many years to be popular with people but the digital medium has reached every household in no time and within months it has topped the popularity. Everyone is hooked to the medium through their mobile, laptop, or television, on the internet the world is like your oyster. And in the days to come If the same trend continues it will be created a hybrid where broadcast and broadband will become a single thing. Medium is relatable to people and they respond very promptly too. The minute you upload something you begin to receive a quick response. It is amazing to see the way people connect through the medium, resonate, participate, and respond with their likes and dislikes.
Q. What made you opt for Rajasthan as the backdrop and location for the entire shoot?
Q. How was it to direct the legend like Naseeruddin Shah?
Amritpal Singh Bindra: We had apprehensions before approaching him and didn’t know if he would accept the role as he is selective about picking roles and movies. I was in complete awe of this legend, he is an institution in himself, he comes with a rich legacy and experience. He remains completely dedicated to his craft and is very inspiring. I was inspired to see someone so big at stature being so humble and down to earth.
No one could play the role of Pandit Radhemohan Rathod, a celebrated classical musician who inspires his grandson Radhe to follow his legacy the way Naseer Ji did. He mingled with everyone on the set, the younger generation of artists had most of the fun with him, he had a huge repertoire of jokes and inspiring instances to share with them, he was very friendly with everyone. His level of commitment and dedication is rare to see.