GUWAHATI: Amazon Prime Video’s Paatal Lok has gained much popularity among viewers within just two days of its release.
The story revolves around the life of an honest cop who is tasked with investigating a high-profile case which leads him into a dark realm of the underworld.
The show is produced under Anushka Sharma’s production banner Clean State Films.
The casts of the series are Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Gul Panag, Ishwak Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Niharika Lyra Dutt.
A crime-drama series Paatal Lok gives you the depiction of the actual bad world. A complex storyline but good enough to keep you glued for the nine episodes it offers. Pre-assumptions of the characters will mostly be wrong by the end. Not a cuss-free series, pretty obvious, but the plot thickens in a different direction.
The story starts with mentioning the distinction between the swarg lok, dharti lok and the Patal lok by Inspector Hathi Ram Chaudhary to the latest in business, Ansari.
Hathi Ram Chaudhary, otherwise considered incompetent by his seniors,his father and also his son was chosen to solve a case of "conspiracy of murder" of a renowned journalist Sanjeev Mishra in which three guys and a girl( there's a punch in here too) are involved. The more Hathi digs into the case,the ground reality of the crime and also few shameful and politically and morally incorrect reality of the world gets clearer.
The best thing about the entire series is that it covers the actual black page of the rural world. Transphobia, religious fanaticism, child abuse, women safety, and how these shape the mind of the youth for the worst growing up in the midst. The very quote, "Don't judge a book by its cover", makes a whole new sense here.Also, it definitely gives an idea of CBI being puppet to the ruling government and how badly corruption is taking over the country. Not to forget,the very first episode shows the behind the good screen picture of the capital city. It wrenches you at moments from within that I,will confess closing my eyes at a few stances.
All in all, the plot basically takes you from the rag to the rich but the real and darker side.
Covering the actual 'Patal lok' in what seems like in an effortless manner is not everyone's cup of tea.
Each and every actor fits into their respective character. The dialogues are commendable and catchy too from the very start. Character like Hathi's wife had an underrated role though. Dogs play an important role too and the connection unfolds near the end.
I ain't giving you the summary here, but to anyone interested in crime-thriller genre or not, Paatal lok is a must watch. Give it a try, you won't regret.
The series left us with few question marks too and hence the second season is highly awaited.
Kudos to Prime Video for giving platform to such a masterpiece.