Paatal Lok Review: It’s Gritty, Bold and Comes with a Fast Screenplay.
Paatal Lok is the latest things which is burning the Indian Television Sets right now.
A Must Watch Multi Dimensional Crime Thriller
It's Gritty, Bold and Comes with a Fast Screenplay.
Paatal Lok Review: When the history of entertainment will be defined it will be in Two Eras, One Pre COVID 19 and the other being the Post COVID 19. But it’s not Two Dimensional phenomena it’s rather a three-dimensional thing right now We are passing through the storm and in the middle of it and today Web Series are the hotcakes.
Similarly, the concept of Paatal Lok revolves in Three Dimensions i.e. Swarg Lok, Dharti Lok and Paatal Lok. Before We get on with the actual review.
Paatal Lok Cast:
- Jaideep Ahlawat as Hathiram Chaudhary
- Neeraj Kabi as Sanjeev Mehra
- Gul Panag as Wife of Hathitam Chaudhary – Renu Chaudhary
- Mairembam Ronaldo Singh as Mary Lyngdoh or Chini
- Abhishek Banerjee as Vishal “Hathoda” Tyagi
- Swastika Mukherjee as Dolly Mehra
- Ishwak Singh as Imran Ansari
- Sandeep Mahajan as Dahiya
- Jagjeet Sandhu as Tope Singh “Chaaku”
- Asif Khan as Kabir
- Niharika Lyra Dutt as Sara Matthews
- Bodhisattva Sharma as Siddharth Chaudhary
- Anindita Bose as Chanda Mukherjee
- Vipin Sharma as DCP Bhagat
- Asif Basra as Jai Malik
- Manish Chaudhary as Vikram Kapoor
- Akash Khurana as Singh Saab
- Rajesh Sharma as Gwala Gujjar
- Anup Jalota as Balkishan Bajpayee
- Amit Raj as a journalist
The Writers of Paatal Lok are Sudip Sharma, Sagar Haveli, Hardik Mehta and Gunjit Chopra. The crime thriller is directed by Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy. There is a total of 9 episodes in this Season.
Paatal Lok Review: Plot Analysis
Disclaimer: If you are looking for Spoilers then you are the wrong place.
A Conspiracy to Kill a Left-Wing Journalist, A Swift Action by Law Enforcement Agencies, A Suspended Cop and A Case Transferred to CBI. That’s the main plot of the film.
Hathiram Chaudhary Brilliantly played by Jaideep Ahlawat is a Cop with no big achievement to date. Neither in his personal Life or Professional Life. In his area of operation in Delhi, a Case unfolds where the Intelligence Department arrests 4 alleged Members of ISIS who were out to kill Sanjeev Mehra Played by Neeraj Kabi.
They take swift action and arrest these 4 dangerous terrorists before they could assassinate Sanjeev Mehra. The officer who was supposed to take care of the case was not available and the case goes to Hathiram Chaudhary as an open and shut case.
But Hathiram decides to investigate the details and what unfolds is a mystery and coup beyond imagination. Faces are unmasked as Paatal Lok uncovers the true faces of Journalists, police investigations, priorities of media and the real intentions of people who join politics for serving the people of this country.
The Plot has novelty and writing is gritty. Whole Paatal Lok is Unpredictable and it makes for a perfect binge-watch.
Paatal Lok Review: Screenplay
The pace of the Web Series is truly international as it does not let you down even for a moment. There are ups and downs and it gives the right amount of time to thrills and human emotions for the perfect character build up. The writers of Paatal Lok deserve a Big applaud for delivering a Fast-Paced Crime Thriller with Multifaceted dimensions and delivers a plot that is not the only Novel but it is completely unpredictable.
The Screenplay consists of many flashback scenes weaved into the ongoing investigation and they are beautifuly weaved together
Paatal Lok Review: Dialogues
The dialogues are hard-hitting and some of them really stand out and take a hard hit on today’s knowledge consumption patterns like “Shastron Mein Likha Hai, But Maine Whatsapp pe Pada Hai.” A lot of content for the memers, again the writers stand out.
Paatal Lok Review: Direction & Cinematography
Directors Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy come together to deliver a web series that travels to different parts of the country. From Hindi Heartland to Punjab to Kolkata and there are hardly any loopholes in the whole premise.
The characters get their dues and the build-up of each protagonist is perfect. The plot has shock value that could have completely gone for a toss in case of any lesser talent handling it, but all the shocks, thrills and surprises come out as balanced and leave an impact.
The Camerawork and Cinematography department is getting inspired by the Netflix Dramas as you see more and more red colours in the sets.
A Few things, however, Like Gwala Gujjar Sitting in a temple and eating non-veg could be avoided as even he had to eat Daal Baati sitting at the same place in the same style it could have worked but scenes like this are bound to hurt some religious sentiments.
Paatal Lok Review: Production
It takes guts to back a production like this especially when it has the potential to hurt sentiments on many fronts. But since we are not into political commentary, we can only comment on the technicalities and entertainment value of the project.
Backed by Anushka Sharma’s production house the project is well funded, does justice with casting, delivers entertainment and takes the bar a little higher for the Indian Web Series Makers.
Paatal Lok Review: Performances
While every cast member has done justice to their roles and characters but it is Jaideep Ahlawat who stands ut as the main protagonist of the film Hathiram Chaudhary.
Jaideep Ahlawat delivers a performance that will be remembered for a lifetime as he portrays various shades and owns every frame he is in. He plays a cop who is subdued at the beginning, does not command much respect at home but he is emotionally well placed and knows where to be aggressive and where to go undercover. His character is also Three dimensional like the premise of the web series. He is a Father who wants respect from his son, he is a cop who wants to crack at least one good case in his career and he is also willing to go to any lengths to know the truth.
Paatal Lok Review: To Watch Or Not?
Novelty, Thrills, Unpredictable Plot, Finest Technical Work and memorable performances make Paatal Lok a Must Binge Watch this lockdown Season. The best part about this thriller is that season 1 wraps the current story completely and does not leave you waiting for season 2 to unfold things.
A Piece of Advice to Indian Web Series Makers. Abuses and nudity do not impact the screenplay but work for a few users who pay for the content. However, times are changing and If you want to go mainstream with your content which can actually drive new subscriptions for platforms like Amazon Prime and Netflix in India then You either need to avoid using nudity and abuses in content or give a censored family version to watch for Indian Families.
Paatal Lok is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.