In the crowded universe of streaming shows, Tabbar stood out because of director Ajitpal Singh’s masterful storytelling. The show is an anti-fairytale about a retired police constable who has to protect his family from the consequences of a murder. Shot like a nightmare coming to life, Tabbar is tense, sensitive and deeply rooted in today’s Punjab. Nothing was romanticised in the show and yet there was poetry in the details — in the washed-out colours, the faces wrinkled with doubt, the gestures that signalled a clash between tradition and the contemporary. Next to all the glossy make-believe of web shows, Singh’s directorial vision made Tabbar gleam with authenticity.