Pawan Malhotra-directed thriller is as dark as it gets without a minute of ease

Tabbar review out!
Tabbar starring Supriya Pathak, Pawan Malhotra and others is streaming on Sony Liv (Image Credit: Youtube / SonyLIV)

Tabbar Review: Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars

To emit: Pavan Malhotra, Supriya Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Gagan Arora, Sahil Mehta, Paramveer Chima and ensemble.

Creator: Harman wadala

Director: Ajit pal singh

Transmission in: Sony Liv

Idiom: Hindi

Execution time: Around 40 minutes per episode.

Tabbar review – what it’s about:

A middle-class family lives happily in a busy Punjab town. One fine day, a bag stir brings an unwanted guest into your home and bad luck kills him. Your world is turned upside down when the blood is on your hands. What will man do to save his world from the fall and make his ‘Tabbar’ live for a long time is history.

Tab Bar Review – What Works:

For starters, let’s appreciate New Age filmmakers their sensibilities and fight for authenticity that we have now left the stereotypical ‘sarson ke khet’ Punjab behind, and take a look at the real, raw and brutal reality of parts of the earth. Thanks to standard bearer Abhishek Chaubey with his Udta Punjab, which also receives a passing mention on Tabbar.

By coming to the show, a family can be represented in many ways. In recent times, shows have tapped into the importance and drama between families on many occasions. Sometimes the conflict is emotional (Potluck), social (Grahan), and about love (Gullak). But what if one of the family members kills a stranger to save his family? Tabbar means family. And the show is about a man who puts his family above all else and saves them from the world.

It is a kind of Drishyam (Ajay Devgn / Mohanlal), but 10 shades darker. Writer Harman Wadala, who is also the creator with Sandeep Jain and Mr. Roy, writes a story about a family who in their worst nightmare never even thought of harming another human. But one day his existence is put to the test and the adventure of survival begins. Call it a family drama, a thriller, or a survival drama, Tabbar successfully fits into all sub-genres.

I try too hard not to spoil the show for them. Appreciate me! Tabbar on the surface level is about murder and a family struggling to save themselves from death or falling into the hands of the law. But deep down, the writers with director Ajit Pal Singh talk about many things. The threat of drugs in Punjab, the youth who consume them, the misunderstood pop culture and the rage to conquer the world. Of course, the power play and corrupt system is also on display.

In this mess, the focus is always on the family. The father hatches plans after plans to avoid being caught. Kill people and stage false scenarios. But while this is all wrong, his intention is not to allow his innocent children and his wife to suffer brutal deaths. What gains in writing is the attention paid to consequences. Every action is right or wrong, depending on the perspective. If he is wrong, one must face the consequence, and all the Tabbar characters who make a mistake will face him at some point. Even the ones you think are the most innocent.

Helping this story rise is Ajit Pal Singh’s direction speaking to his viewers. Create frames that please you in settings. In the end, you know where each drop of blood fell or how the landscape works. Director of Photography Arun Kumar Pandey creates a great deal of tension with his camera. It only lets you see enough to understand that particular scene, giving you a feeling of claustrophobia, just like its characters. Keep an eye on your frames as you zoom in and capture the essence of the landscape and the emptiness of the familiar universe.

Sneha Khanwalkar adds more depth and terrifying intrigue with her haunting music supported by the magical voice of Rekha Bharadwaj and Daler Mehndi.

Tabbar review: star performance:

Pavan Malhotra plays Father Omkar, a character from whom the entire show is derived. He has a great responsibility and difficult shoes to fill. The actor who comes with a vast experience manages to become a character as complex as Omkar. Supriya Pathak with all her delicacy supports it and adds the perfect emotional flavor to the show. Both together in the last frame will haunt you at least for some time.

Gagan Arora as the eldest son Happy is perfect and brings what is needed to the table. Sahil Mehta as Tegi is a silent gamer. It has a complex character that creates conflicts in the background and does so with skill.

However, my heart in Tabbar belongs to Paramveer Chima, who plays Lucky. He plays a cop who has been done things against his will at work and even at home. She has the naivety of innocence intact while the rage to prove her worth burns inside her. The actor manages to hook viewers so well that his absence is felt. Also, I stumbled across his Instagram and the man has a voice! Brownie Points.

Tabbar review: what’s not working:

Nothing so important as to think about not looking at Tabbar. Nupur Nagpal, plays Palak, who is drawn into a love triangle. While their conflict is highlighted over and over again until the sixth episode, the conclusion forgets it.

Supriya Pathak is an experienced actor and even in Tabbar he manages to take the best step forward. But his accent turns out to be a hindrance multiple times. And when the majority of the cast is actually Punjabi, a non-Punjabi who speaks in a different tone if easily detectable.

Character backstories are hinted at, but never enough to have a layer that adds to the already seasoned script. More emphasis could have added more nuance.

Tab Bar Review – Last Words:

Don’t expect any lighthearted moments, Tabbar is as dark as it gets. The story is about survival, and there are no joyous moments when you struggle to survive. Get into it and prepare to get heartbroken.

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