Naseeruddin Shah As Pandit Radhemohan Rathod In Bandish Bandits: Character Sketch

Naseeruddin Shah As Pandit Radhemohan Rathod In Bandish Bandits: A Character Sketch

Naseeruddin Shah is an actor known for his versatility and his appeal amongst the audience with every character that he plays. Whatever the role be negative or positive, the man will make you fall in love with the character that he plays, which is the beauty of a true actor. He is an actor who can perform a character like, The Common Man in ‘A Wednesday’ and also a character like Suryakanth in ‘The Dirty Picture’, with full purity and sincerity and do justice to both the roles.

Mr. Shah has delivered yet another remarkable performance in the latest Amazon Prime Video show “Bandish Bandits”. He played the part of Pandit Radhemohan Rathod aka Panditji, who is a Hindustani classical Musician and his one true love is music and he can go to any extent to save his “Rathod Gharana”.

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Before this show, we have seen Mr. Shah, playing the role of a Gazal singer, in the movie Sarfarosh (1999). In that movie, his character had a dialogue that ,

“Kuch Hosh Nahi Rehta, Kuch Dhyaan Nahi Rehta… Insaan Mohabbat Mein Insaan Nahi Rehta”


(There is no consciousness, there is no attention …a human is not a human when in love).

Though the dialogue was delivered 21 years ago, it has gained its meaning in its true sense in this show, because Panditji’s love for music knows no bounds. And there is nothing wrong with loving something or someone like that right? But sometimes as in his case, the circumstances and situations he faces in the path he is treading of love are not beneficial always.

The protagonists of the show are Tamanna and Radhe but still the story is incomplete without Panditji as he is the one who gives shape to both of their lives. That is basically what Pandit Ji wants, to control the life of people around him. According to him, discipline in life is a milestone that needs to be achieved in order to be a good musician.


For him, the so-called electronic music and the auto-tuned voice of artists are similar to what we can call as artificial music or maybe a bane for the music industry and the same being his reason for not entering the entertainment industry.

Pandit Radhemohan Rathod is a person who has even denied Padma Shri award because he thought that if he goes to Delhi to receive the award, he will miss his Riyaz for one day, which he cannot afford. If I mention a more relatable character, I would say, Panditji is more or less like Amitabh Bachchan from Mohabaatein – “Parampara, Pratishtha, Anushashan”. 

After reading all of this you all must have thought that Panditji was a very cruel man. Didn’t you?  

But my friends you are wrong because his character is neither white nor black, Its GREY, shades of black and white. Because once you watch Panditji on screen, he will for sure convince you that whatever he did in his life was wrong but at the end of everyone is at a win-win situation, you cannot really judge him for his character. 

As it’s said, “all’s well that ends well”.

Watch ‘Bandish Bandits’ on Amazon Prime Video, here.


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