Ali Abbas Zafar to make digital debut with political thriller series on Amazon Prime Video


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Comment(s) It had only four main characters. “I wrote it before Article 15 and took one year to finish it. It’s going to be a big show, budget wise. If you tell him that something can be done differently from what he thinks, he will not take offence. He said, “I took a year to work on Tandav. I am really excited about it. We should start rolling this October.”
Tandav, which will be majorly shot in Delhi, is centred around the power corridors of Indian politics. For a series, that was just a seed. Advertising

In an interview with indianexpress.com, Gaurav spoke about the series and his experience so far with the Bharat director. “Ali didn’t interfere with the writing. But I wrote it completely.”
The writer said that he has a smooth working relationship with Ali. Also, we are looking at some big names for the cast,” Gaurav concluded. He let me do it, partially because, after some time, he developed complete trust in me. I didn’t write anything else during that time. Advertising

It began with Ali’s one-page draft, which he discussed with Amazon Prime Video before Solanki stepped in and expanded it into a full-fledged series. He is very good to work with. I had a writer’s room where I sat with two of my friends and we bounced ideas. “Along with it, there is also a story about an institute, which is on the lines of JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University). You can convince him easily.”
This will be Gaurav’s second project after his debut film Article 15, which has earned him glorious reviews. I brought in more. He is not stubborn and is open to suggestions. One is a student activist and the other is a huge political leader.”
The drama thriller, with an ensemble cast, will have 11-12 primary characters with three-four parallel tracks running across eight episodes. “Ali had written one-pager, which he had discussed with Amazon. While he co-wrote the Ayushmann Khurrana and Zeeshan Ayyub-starrer with director Anubhav Sinha, Tandav is solely his voice. I wrote three drafts for eight episodes,” Gaurav said. Writing a series is akin to writing three-four feature films. “It will be interesting to see how people react to it because it has only me. Also, he was very busy with Bharat. These two stories clash and so do their protagonists. I came on board after that.