Paatal Lok Spoiler Free Review
The series opens with the Dialogue from the Lead Hathi Ram Chaudhary “Ye jo duniya hai na, ye teen duniya hai … Sabse upar Swarg Lok, jis mein Devta rehta hain, Beech mein Prithvi Lok, jis mein Aadmi rehte hain aur Sabse neeche Paatal Lok, jis mein keede rehte hain. And that’s what, it tries to justify through its nine episodes.
Swarg Lok -The Affirmatives
Let’s get it straight. Pataal Lok is one of ‘the best’ scripted, executed and performed political crime thriller series of all times. In the times of Sacred Games, Mirzapur and Asur, it only raises the bar further. The Delhi and UP setup has been used beautifully and most realistically as well, the characters, the locales, the language, everything is spot on.
Paatal Lok is like a Slow Burning dish that takes time to build its narrative and its characters, by exploring their past and insights. But ones its flavor is there till 5th episode, from there it picks up the momentum well and turns out to be quite satisfying and delicious at the end. The layering is done well that it keeps you hooked and doesn’t lose the focus even with some background subplots, making it all relevant.
Each and every character makes a mark and is going to remain with you for a long time. Apart from the script, full marks for the dialogues and punches, especially the ones given to Hathi Ram.
The best part comes from its performances, there are many and mostly all good. Jaideep Ahlawat is a known performer but this done, he has outdone himself, getting into the skin of Policeman Hathi Ram Chaudhary conveniently. The role is tailor-made for him and he occupies the screen most of the time and you never get bored with this man.
As a struggling policeman not only with his superiors, but also his disconnected son and his troubled past, he gets virtually every emotion right. Its a Master class act. I think if there’s an award for the web series, he should be winning it comfortably.
Another please surprise comes from Ishwak Singh as his fellow Ansari, who is a Muslim, has to go through a lot in his day to day operations from his colleagues that sense of discrimination for being from a minority, but his chemistry with Hathi Ram is splendid. He is the man to watch out for as a performer.
Neeraj Kabi as Sanjiv Mehra is a delight to watch every time he is on screen. Following taj mahal 1989 – Netflix OTT, where he transforms himself into an entirely different character, of a successful media personality and plays it to perfection.
Another performance that stands out in the crowd is from Abhishek Banerjee as quiet, dreaded and Spine chilling gangster Vishal Tyagi aka Hathoda Tyagi. After noticeable performances in Dreamgirl and Bala, he is being recognized for all the good work he is doing. Here, he leaps forward.
Prithvi Lok – The Accepted
Some other good performances come from Gul Panag as Renu Chaudhary(Wife of Hathi Ram), Mairembam Ronaldo Singh as Mary Lyngdoh, Jagjeet Sandhu as Tope Singh, Niharika Lyra Dutt as Sara Matthews, Swastika Mukherjee as Dolly Mehra, Vipin Sharma as DCP Bhagat. Rest of the supporting cast is good too.
Pataal Lok – The Land Beneath
First and foremost, like so many other shows, Paatal Lok is full of abuses and crass language. So, please make sure you don’t watch it with your family.
Some of the subplots like that of Dolly Mehra, wife of Sanjiv Mehra or the family side of Hathi Ram Chaudhary could have been reduced. Especially, the depression scenes with Dolly make you depressed and you immediately feel like skipping that part.
The creative team takes too much creative liberty in trying to be too realistic. In this attempt, some of the visuals show too much gory or uncomfortable for viewing, including the abusive language.