Amazon Prime’s latest web series ‘Paatal Lok’ is out for the world now and here is the detailed review of ‘Paatal Lok’. In a single word, Paatal Lok is the perfect investigation crime thriller web series. It’s a well-written story with an unconventional and superb screenplay. The story has multi-layers for each of the prominent characters like Hathiram Chaudhary (Jaideep Ahlawat), Sanjeev Mehra (Neeraj Kabi), Hathoda Tyagi (Abhishek Banerjee), Chaaku, Chini and Kabir M. It’s shocking and nail-biting when each of the layers gets opens up. Hats off to Sudip Sharma for this masterpiece creation and Jaideep Ahlawat for his historical act.
Plot: The story starts with 4 criminals (Hathoda Tyagi, Chaku, Chini, and Kabir M), who are on their way to assassinate famous journalist Sanjeev Mehra. But right before the murder, all the four criminals get busted by the Police. The case is now handed over to Inspector Hathiram Chaudhary, an underrated cop with full of complexity. While interrogated all the four criminals seem unknown to each other. Hathiram starts investigation but all the prime witnesses and clues get demolished on his every step. Investigation keeps getting complicated and the case is now taken over by CBI from Hathiram. Hathiram tries to reach to the bottom of all the four criminals one by one with the help of his friend sub-inspector Imran Ansari (Ishwak Singh). Hathiram is suspended now, yet he doesn’t want to give up as this is the only chance for him to prove himself to his family and the department. He makes his way by going against the department and keeps continue with the investigation.
But what happens to the investigation, Hathiram’s career, and why the target was Business tycoon Sanjeev Mehra? All these questions get answered by the mind-blowing climax.
Screenplay: The perfect way of storytelling keeps you hooked even after 40-45 minutes duration of each episode. Only this level of the screenplay could have handled this complicated and beyond the boundaries story.
Dialogues: No big story can achieve the heights without impacting dialogues and Paatal Lok is even bigger because of its weighty dialogues. A dialogue by Vipin Sharma in the climax tells the whole story:
“Ye system dur se kachre ka dher lagta hai, but andar ghus ke dekho to it’s a machine… or har purje ko pata hai ke use kya karna hai… or jis purje ko nahi pta… use badal diya jata hai… but system hamesha same rehta hai… or hamesha rhega…”
Hats off the dialogue writers for this fresh and benchmark dialogues.
Jaideep Ahlawat as Hathiram Chaudhary has crossed all his limits to give a historical performance. A large credit goes to the centered man Jaideep Ahlawat. This role of him will be remembered forever.
Neeraj Kabi as Sanjeev Mehra is a silent but minded machine and kills with his eyes and expressions.
Abhisheks Banerjee as Hathoda Tyagi aka Vishal Tyagi has lesser on-screen scope but remains in the talks all the time. He has given the natural feel of a deadly serial killer.
Ishwak Singh as Sub-Inspector Imran Ansari kills with his innocence and impacting face-camera skills.
Niharika Lyra Dutt as Sara Matthews shines for her performance.
Apart from this prominent cast, even supporting cast has played well to shine the main star cast. There are big names in the supporting cast as well like Gul Panag, Swastika Mukherjee, Vipin Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Anup Jalota, Mairembam Ronaldo Singh, Jagjeet Sandhu, Asif Khan, Anindita Bose, Rajesh Jais, etc…
Direction: The whole series is directed by two talented directors Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy. Avinash Arun is already a famous name behind the camera as the man has done the cinematography for the movies like Drishyam and Madari. While Prosit Roy has given his direction to another Anushka Sharma’s project ‘Pari’. And, the direction of Paatal Lok targets right in the eye of the bird.
Production: Paatal Lok is produced by Anushka Sharma and her brother Karnesh Sharma along with Sudip Sharma as a creative producer under the ‘Clean Slate Films’ banner. And, Anushka Sharma has given her solid debut as a producer in the digital world.
The Last Word: Paatal Lok is a must-watch for every genre lover but, for investigation and crime thriller, it’s a delicious dish to taste it multiple times. I’d love to watch it again to connect a few more dots. Highly Recommended!
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