Award-winning filmmaker and writer-director of Fire In The Mountains, Ajitpal Singh’s first original series Tabbar, a family drama/ crime thriller will premiere on Sony Liv on October 15. Sony Liv has launched in Canada with Tabbar which is releasing in 28 global territories including the European Union, U.K., the Middle East, North Africa, Singapore, Australia, India, Canada and New Zealand.
Excited about the Canada launch of Sony Liv with his first series Tabbar, the self taught filmmaker Ajitpal Singh says, “I am glad that Sony Liv is launching in Canada with Tabbar. Earlier this year, my debut feature, Fire in the Mountains, premiered at Sundance and my short Rammat Gammat premiered on Mubi. Both have been screened around the globe. As a storyteller, I believe we can transcend borders. I hope audiences in Canada and the UK will enjoy Tabbar.”
Set in Punjab, Tabbar is a homecoming for the filmmaker whose father, a farmer and ex-army man, ran a cinema hall in Bathinda but had to migrate to Gujarat after long curfews in the face of militancy when Ajitpal was an 8 year old boy.
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Talking about the show Ajitpal says, “I am always attracted to stories that provide me possibilities and freedom to explore subtext and themes. Tabbar is one such story. On the surface, it’s a crime thriller, but once you dig deeper, it’s a human drama and you will find themes like God vs no God, Evil vs Good, drugs along with spirituality and suffering. I was confident that if I was given freedom, I will be able to shape this story in a very refreshing way mainly because I also come from Punjab and I understand that land very well.I am grateful to Sony and Jar Pictures for giving me a free hand”.
Happy about his short (Rammat Gammat, Mubi 2021), feature (Fire In The Mountains, Sundance 2021) and series (Tabbar, Sony Liv 2021) coming out in 2021 Ajitpal, says “It takes years to build a body of work and it’s amazing that my short, feature and series is coming out in 2021”.
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But this year was not just about highs. The filmmaker was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in February. He shot the series in March during the pandemic and just three weeks after undergoing the surgery. Set against the backdrop of Jalandhar, the show consists of 8 episodes charting the journey of a retired police constable who pushes the boundaries to save his family from the consequences of an unfortunate incident and promises a memorable thriller in the heart of rural Punjab.
The show produced by Jar Pictures features ensemble stellar cast like Pavan Malhotra, Supriya Pathak, Gagan Arora, Kanwaljit Singh, Ranvir Shorey and new finds like Paramvir Cheema and Sahil Mehta and the music is produced by Sneha Khanwalkar