Taish is a revenge-drama film/series directed by Bejoy Nambiar. The series stars Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Jim Sarbh, Sanjeeda Shaikh and Harshvardhan Rane.
Revenge and emotions
Taish’s driving force is the fact that the series’ heavily revenge-driven plot is not based on power or money, but the fact that it is driven by emotions and loss. Thus, when the series ends, it leaves you kind of heartbroken, seeing so many lives lost.
Rohan and Sunny are best friends from childhood. When Rohan’s younger brother gets married, it’s a grand affair where everyone is invited. However, among the invitees is Kuljinder, who has a terrible history with Rohan. When the secret comes to Sunny’s knowledge, it drives him to do something unthinkable, that creates a domino effect and ruins everyone’s lives.
Taish is a gorgeous-looking, extremely engaging and sometimes emotional series. It’s cold and brutal when it wants to be, and inspite of a spell of plot holes here and there, its fast-paced narrative keeps you at the edge of your seat.
I think the show falters a bit after the first three-or-so episodes. The first three episodes of Taish create the atmosphere for you to be engaged. On one side there’s the Kalra family wedding, where everyone’s having fun, while on the other there’s Pali, his doomed love story with Jahaan and his relationship with Kuljinder. The two stories converge the night before the wedding. We see a horrible fight in the first episode itself, and build up to that moment comprises of the first three episodes.
The last three, however, is heavily revenge-driven. It’s a struggle between Pali and Sunny, primarily, but a fight where everyone loses. I think this is where the story faulters. I found the first three episodes entertaining because it was constantly teasing and inching towards telling us what happened for that fight to take place. When Taish took away that mystery and introduced only cold-blooded revenge, it lost some of its charms and humanity.
That’s not to say that this isn’t engaging still, because it is. It’s extremely fast-paced, and the half-an-hour long episodes do not leave room for rest. You’re always jumping from one plot and fight to the other. However, Taish builds the jail murder plot for quite some time for it to amount to nothing. We are unable to trace a primary character, but the resolution of that problem, and the why of it as well, is found too soon. Also, getting in and out of the UK prison at will seems a bit too far-fetched.
Taish, however, shines with its performances. Each of the three primary characters, played by Pulkit Samrat, Jim Sarbh and Harshvardhan Rane, are given equal screen space, background and they all have their own baggage. They’re all essentially very broken men in their own ways – and there’s a place where you can relate and sympathise with each of them. The actors play their roles with finesse and bring forth these emotions deftly. However, the primary female characters, Jahaan and Arfa, lack much of the care that the men received, and are thus reduced to somewhat of plot devices.
The series could’ve benefited from a tighter and more thrilling plot had they not introduced the ludicrous jail plot. However, that is covered up by the excellent cinematography (by Harshvir Oberai) and background score (Gaurav Godkhindi and Govind Vasantha). The cinematography is splendid and makes everything pop up on the screen – be it the lighter and more fun scenes or the scenes which are dark and brooding. The background score, too, is excellent, and gives the story much of a well-needed kick to keep it engaging.
Summing up: Taish
Taish is a simple series with plots that sound familiar. However, where it shines is when it gives its principle male characters different motivations behind their actions. These motivations aren’t so far-fetched that it’d feel stupid or delirious – rather, they’re quite relatable and you’d be able to understand why someone is doing something.
The series, based mainly on the fight between the two families, ends with a final showdown between Pali, Sunny and Rohan. The chase sequence is fun and engaging, but these scenes always make me feel whether the police care about high-speed chases on the roads. The outcome of that chase is more death, and a last enquiry about forgiveness might just leave you teary-eyed.
Taish is streaming on Zee5.
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