Indian Streamer SonyLIV Launches in Canada with Family Saga ‘Tabbar’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian streamer SonyLIV is continuing its planned global expansion with a Canada launch on Oct. 15.

The service will cost CAD$9.99 ($8.05) monthly or CAD$49.99 ($40.30) annually.

As revealed by Variety, the streamer had revealed wide rollout plans from October, backed by a 40-strong new originals slate.

Available at launch in Canada will be eight-episode series “Tabbar” (Family), directed by Ajitpal Singh, whose debut feature “Fire in the Mountains” had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year.

Set in and around Jalandhar, Punjab, “Tabbar” maps the journey of the Singh family and how their life takes a 360-degree turn after an unfortunate incident. The cast includes Pavan Malhotra, Supriya Pathak, Gagan Arora, Paramvir Singh Cheema, Kanwaljeet Singh and Ranvir Shorey.

“I am always attracted to stories that provide me [with] possibilities and freedom to explore subtext and themes. ‘Tabbar’ is one such story,” Singh tells Variety. “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, and 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.”

Written by Harman Wadala and Sandeep Jain, the series is produced by Ajay G. Rai of JAR Pictures.

Ashish Golwalkar, head of content for Sony Entertainment Television, SonyLIV and Sony Pictures Networks India, said: “The story offers a great mix of talent and storytelling in a never seen before narrative. We are hopeful that like our previous offerings, ‘Tabbar’ will also reinstate our promise of bringing varied stories from the heartland of India alive. ‘Tabbar’ is set in the backdrop of Punjab and we’re sure our viewers will be glued to their screens.”

“Tabbar” will also be available in 28 global territories including the European Union, U.K., the Middle East and North Africa, Singapore, Australia, India and New Zealand.

In 2013, SonyLIV, a division of Sony Pictures Networks India, was the first premium VOD service to launch in India. Hit originals for the service include Hansal Mehta’s “Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story,” the true life tale of a stockbroker who gamed the system, and political drama series “Maharani,” starring Huma Qureshi (“Army of the Dead”).

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