Paatal Lok Review
Starring: Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Gul Panag, Niharika Lyra Dutt, Swastika Mukherjee and others.
Directed by: Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy.
Written by: Sudip Sharma, Gunjit Chopra, Sagar Havelia and Hardik Mehta.
What it is about:
A celebrity TV news anchor is the target of a group of killers. Why do they want to kill him? Who is behind it all? The case is handed over to a cynical, seen-it-all, from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks cop, and as he starts digging, startling connections between the most unlikely people in the most unlikely places start popping up. Paatal Lok is fashioned as a crime thriller-cum-police procedural set mainly in Delhi, spinning off into several threads, some really solid, a few comparatively weak.
What we liked:
Paatal Lok is intelligently written, fast-paced, and engrossing. In this tale written by Sudip Sharma and co-produced by Anushka Sharma, we are led inexorably into darkness, which gets darker at each step. The nine episodes take you through everything India today is dealing with. The show covers quite a bit of our life today. One of the best part about the series is that each and every character especially the most important ones are given a proper back story be it Inspector Hathiram Chaudhary (Jaideep Ahlawat), Popular Journalist – TV Anchor Sanjeev Mehra (Neeraj Kabi) and the dreaded murderer Vishal Tyagi (Abhishek Banerjee). Paatal Lok comprises a solid ensemble, with Jaideep Ahlawat dominating the series and each frame that he appears in, he brings forth the frustration, vulnerability and vanity of a police officer. If Jaideep Ahlawat dominates the series, Neeraj Kabi and Abhishek Banerjee are the backbone of the series, they are outstanding. Gul Panag plays her part well; Swastika Mukherjee gets to do a lot more as the series progress which is good to see. All the other cast Niharika Lyra Dutt, Vipin Sharma, Jagjeet Sandhu, Aasif Khan plays their part very well. The series is also shot beautifully. The cinematography is delightful, production value is superb and all other technical aspects are delightful.
What we didn’t like:
Some part of the series still has clichés that all writers seem to still continue to use. Like always a cop needs to be suspended and stills takes it as his moral right to find the truth, the family drama of an police officer life, the husband – wife and their children problem and all is the same old one that we are seeing again and again in almost all such series or movies. They need to find something else now it is overused.