Harshvardhan Rane, Pulkit Samrat, Jim Sarbh, Kriti Kharbanda, Ankur Rathee, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Zoa Morani, Abhimanyu Singh and Saloni Batra.
Deepak Mukut, Bejoy Nambiar, Nishant Pitti, Rikant Pitti and Shivanshu Pandey on ZEE5 Global.
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure Taish would work for me. I am generally weary of a lot of violent dramas on digital streaming platforms these days, because many come with unnecessary violence and gore. Taish, even with the name, promised anger, and I wanted to make sure it was not ill-placed. Let’s find out what I thought.
Rohan (Jim Sarbh) and Sunny (Pulkit Samrat) are best friends. When Sunny goes to attend Rohan’s brother’s (Sunny, played by Ankur Rathee) wedding in the UK, the three get to some fun, while some secrets are hidden. When Sunny ends up finding out something that happens to Sunny, one thing leads to another, and they end up at the mercy of a criminal family – one led by Kulli (Abhimanyu Singh) and Pali (Harshvardhan Rane). The anger and violence ends up significantly impacting each family’s lives drastically.
You’ll notice my synopsis doesn’t mention Sanjeeda Sheikh, Kriti Kharbanda, Zoa Morani, and Saloni Batra. The reason is because while each one of them performed really well (more on this below), their characters were not as fleshed out. I wish I saw each one of them take charge of their fate more, letting their own “taish” come out. While we see some of that with Sanjeeda and Saloni’s characters, we still are left with our heads scratching in relation to how their characters really feel. I wish I saw more layers to Kriti’s character.
Having said that, my goodness, did Taish as a web series (that’s how I watched it) completely grip me. I watched the entire thing straight and was completely engrossed. Let me start first with the pleasant surprise Pulkit Samrat was – he completely owned Sunny. Jim Sarbh was effective as Rohan and really came out with his performance really well as the series unfolded. Harshvardhan Rane was scary and yet was able to bring out the empath in me – which is rare, and the mark of a fantastic performance. I absolutely loved Ankur Rathee and wished I had seen more of him. Same with Zoa Morani. The two of them together made me wish for more.
Sanjeeda Sheikh has always had the ability to speak with her eyes and she did so in Taish as well. Saloni Batra’s helplessness and anger comes out beautifully. Kriti Kharbanda does well with what she is given, but again, her character required more layers. Easily, her best moment was in the interaction with Rohan’s parents.
Taish is slick, contemporary, and fulls of turns and twists. The gore made my stomach churn (blame it on being a new mom) but otherwise, everything worked really well. This one should not be missed – for its style, crispness, and stellar performances.