Tanaav review: Absolutely thrilling, finely compelling grabber of a series
What: Tanaav – the Indian adaptation of the superb Israeli television series (by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff) sees Sudhir Mishra and Sachin Mamta Krishn giving it proper justice to the dehshat and insaniyat (terrorism and humanism) making it an absolutely thrilling, finely compelling grabber of a series
OTT web series Tanaav synopsis
Set against the idyllic backdrop of Kashmir in the year 2017, Tanaav is a fictional thriller revolving around a Special Unit, their bravery, and courage.
The dreaded terrorist Panther (Sumit Kaul) is dead, special task force officer Kabir (Manav Vij) is leading a civilian life with his family and kids.
The current boss of the special task played by Arbaaz Khan arrives and informs Kabir about the existence of Panther who is still alive not dead as reported.
Panther on the other hand is planning something devastating; the hunt for panther begins as Kabir joins the special task force.
The series in this hunt based on the traditional cat and mouse format explores human psyches of various characters, their ideologies coining the emotions of love, loss, betrayal, revenge, redemption very effectively in this socio-political action drama.
Originally created by Avi Issacharoff & Lior Raz, the Indian version of the Israeli TV sensation helmed by Sudhir Mishra and Sachin Mamta Krishn is centered on the Kashmir conflict. The original had the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
More than the conflict of this political social thriller is the exploration of the various characters and their emotions during testing situations.
The story adaptation nd screenplay by Ishan Trivedi and Sudhir Mishra remarkably focuses on sensibiltiesa nd not on the sensationalisms of the issue.
Developed as a slow-burner that ensures the charecters and situations find their space in the audience mind.
Another major highlight is that Tanaav is not frame by frame adaptation which Bollywood is many times guilty of.
Tanaav is independent in that sense and is well crafted, the love for Israeli Television series seems to be common between SonyLIV ( Your Honour) and Sudhir Mishra (Hostages).
Tanaav is filled with nicely etched and finely developed scenes of conflict and drama, the undercurrent of intensity is maintained throughout.
Laced with sensed of both pessimism and optimism, Tanaav in its enthusiasm at times explores the extra martial affairs just to add extra complexities without proper explanation – that’s its drawback.
Instead it could have dwelled a bit deeper into the Kashmir conflict.
Nevertheless, the women characters of Tanaav had dimensions that gave an extra edge to the complexity.
Filled with splendid performances, Manav Vij, Sumit Kaul, Rajat Kapoor, Shashank Arora, Zarina Wahab, Ekta Kaul, Waluscha De Sousa, Danish Hussain, Satyadeep Mishra, Sukhmani Sadana, M.K. Raina all are competent. At couple of places the yelling of Manav Vij is a bit out of character and seems to be in competition with Sunny Deol.
Cinematography by Sachin Krishn is brilliant. Music by
Karel Antonín is perfect. Editing by Archit D Rastogi is in sync.
Tanaav – the 12 episode series is an absolutely thrilling, perfect binge watch. Tanaav streams exclusively on SonyLIV from November 11, 2022.