Paatal Lok honest Review : A down and out cop lands a lifetime case when four suspects are nabbed in a journalist’s assassination attempt. The discovery of that leads him to past disturbing revelations of ‘Paatal Lok’ and the four suspects.
Rating : 8.3/10 Review
Creator – Sudip Sharma
Cast – Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Gul Panag, Ishwak Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Niharika Lyra Dutt
The anchor for Celebrity TV is the victim of a gang of murderers. Why should they have him killed? Who is behind it all? The case is handed over from the wrong side of the tracks to a cynical officer, and when he begins investigating.
Startling ties begin to pop up between the most unlikely people in the most unlikely locations.
The main character, a Delhi Police beat-cop politely discusses how there are three worlds: the Swarg lok (heaven where gods live), the dharti lok (earth, for humans), and the pataal lok (underworld where insects live). His thana, the poverty-stricken suburbs of Delhi in Outer Jamuna Park, certainly belongs to the pataal lok (as do most sections of India ‘s map, by association).
The Web series is styled as a thriller-cum-police criminal procedure set primarily in Delhi, spinning off into many threads, some very good, but managing to hold on to us.
Weaving in the knowledge and appreciation of contemporary India makes it political and elevates it: Paatal Lok honest review, smartly written and captivating, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Once the intended victim of an assault in this series meets with their hoped-for killers at the police station, he sees something primitive in those eyes. The married journalist later reveals this to a young woman he encounters at a bar — shortly before he starts to have sex with her. Nor is there something but natural.
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The world is divided into three realms, he tells Imran Ansari, the precocious junior cop — the “svarg lok” (heaven), where the gods reside; the “dharti lok” is in the centre, where people like Hathi Ram and Imran live; and the “paatal lok” is in the bottom, The hell that vermin sometimes flees from and wreaks havoc above. ‘Waise toh yeh shastron mein likha tha, par maine WhatsApp pe padha,’ the Hathi Ram quips.
The hot-shot journalist plays Neeraj Kabi (Ship of Theseus, Talvar) the serious one. The series, written by former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, is based on the book The Story Of My Assassins.
It is an ambitious series, both in terms of its plot and subject matter. Corporatisation of the media industry is an concept discussed in a sub-plot by Neeraj Kabi involving the targeted top journalist, Though religious bigotry is delicately addressed by the casual prejudice that Imran routinely experiences within police forces. Meanwhile the idea of three realms acts as a nice metaphor for caste politics.
Paatal Lok is an intense discovery but also a celebration of our Indian immorality creativity. Amazon Prime represents a sure-fire success.