Paatal Lok (S1): Takes A Bold Look At Indian Society

Paatal Lok series takes a bold look at the important issues confronting Indian Society, which are more often than not, swept under the rug. We have been told many times in India – that all is well – sab change si.

But we all know the truth. Indian society is ridden with class and caste hierarchy, and the majority of its people still live in Paatal Lok. In India’s classical philosophy, the ‘Paatal Lok‘ simply means the ‘Hell’, whereas the ‘Swarga Lok‘ and ‘Dharti Lok‘ imply ‘Heaven’ and ‘Earth’ respectively. This series also deals with the burning issue of Caste and Casteism in the society of India.

Paatal Lok (S1/2020) Series:- details

GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller
Original Titleपाताल लोक (in Hindi) – means Hell.
Age-RestrictionsA (18+)
Released2020 (Season 1)
CreatorSudip Sharma
DirectorsAvinash Arun, Prosit Roy
WritersSudip Sharma, Sagar Haveli, Hardik Mehta, Gunjit Chopra
CastJaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Gul Panag, etc.
AwardsFilmfare OTT Awards – 2020 Winner Popular Award – Best Series – Drama
Filmfare OTT Awards – 2020 Winner Popular Award – Best Director – Avinash Arun, Prosit Roy
Filmfare OTT Awards – 2020 Winner Popular Award – Best Actor – Drama – Jaideep Ahlawat
Filmfare OTT Awards – 2020 Winner Technical Award – Best Original Story – Sudip Sharma, Sagar Haveli, Hardik Mehta, Gunjit Chopra
Filmfare OTT Awards – 2020 Winner Technical Award – Best Screenplay – Sudip Sharma, Sagar Haveli, Hardik Mehta, Gunjit Chopra
Indian Television Academy Awards, India – 2020 Winner Special Award – Landmark-OTT
Asian Television Awards – 2020 Winner Asian Television Award – Best Original Digital Drama Series
Critics’ Choice Shorts and Series Awards, India – 2021 Winner Series Award – Best Supporting Actor – Abhishek Banerjee
Critics’ Choice Shorts and Series Awards, India – 2021 Winner Series Award – Best Supporting Actress – Swastika Mukherjee
About – Paatal Lok (S1) Series.

Paatal Lok (S1/2020) Series:- synopsis

A down-and-out cop lands the case of a lifetime when four suspects are nabbed in the assassination attempt of a prime-time journalist. The case turns out to be a devious maze where nothing is what it looks like. The pursuit of it leads him to the dark netherworld – the ‘Paatal Lok’, and to shocking discoveries in the past of the four suspects.

Paatal Lok (S1/2020) Series:- {Spoilers Free} review

This series is a realistic tale that highlights various burning issues like politics, power, fake news, child abuse, the plight of transgender discrimination, caste and religion-based discrimination, etc. In present-day India, the majority of the mainstream news media as well as the movies/series world have maintained studied silence on most of the burning issues, so it came as a pleasant surprise when this show with its fearless screenplay packages the truth in an entertaining way.

As discussed, the ‘Paatal Lok’ word means ‘Hell’, so the ‘Swarga Lok’ and ‘Dharti Lok’ imply ‘Heaven’ and ‘Earth’ respectively. In another sense, this drama is also a parable about the traditional concepts for the different classes/castes (viz., Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras) of India and/or the four estates, a four-estate system made up of clergy (First Estate), nobles (Second Estate), peasants/bourgeoisie (Third Estate) and rural commoners (Fourth Estate) of Europe.

India’s caste system is among the world’s oldest forms of surviving social stratification.

What is India’s caste system? | Article link & Image courtesy BBC

However, for its blunt realism depiction, the team and people behind this brave series have been branded as anti-national by the far right-wing elements in India. Besides, there was too much hue and cry about its content. Probably the powerful set of people ruling the nation revels in fake news and they are uncomfortable with the blunt truth being shown in such honest tales being shown in this series.

But the fact remains that with its gutsy and daring storyline to back up the amazing acting talent of its ensemble cast led by – Jaideep Ahlawat, Abhishek Banerjee, and Swastika Mukherjee; this show is a must-watch for its heroic gritty concept from India. That bravely narrates some of the most unpayable truths about our divided Indian society as well as the autocratic political and decaying administrative systems in India.

Not surprisingly, even after a gap of almost three years, we have yet to see the second season of this series. However, we expect its second season to be either released at the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024. The second (S2) season of this series was announced by the network Amazon Prime on April 28, 2022, as it has renewed this show. However, a year has gone by since then, and still eagerly wait for the same.

And to share the good news that we shall see the second season of this series in the near future. However, I sincerely hope that they do not give us a watered-down version of the original show of season one, a high-quality crime-thriller from India.

Paatal Lok (S1/2020) Series:- trailer

Official trailer – Paatal Lok (S1) Series – Amazon Prime | YouTube.

Paatal Lok (S1/2020) Series:- ratings

FM’s rating4.25/5
IMDb rating as of the date8/10
FM & IMDb ratings – Paatal Lok (S1) Series.

Paatal Lok (S1/2020) Series:- poster

Paatal Lok (S1) Series – poster.

Paatal Lok (S1/2020) Series:- bonus scene

A badass scene of Delhi Cop from this series – Hathi Ram Chaudhary (Jaideep Ahlawat) boasts its own separate fan base. Herein he confronts the small-time goon – ironically his young son’s hero.

When Hathi Ram Chaudhary vents his anger in the Paatal Lok (S1) Series – Prime Video | YouTube.

The police procedural crime dramas from India are being well-received by its viewers. No wonder, in recent years, we have had quite a few series like this one from India, so, here is the list of the same.

In all the series mentioned above, the lead actors are the members of the police force.

Featured & Other Images: Paatal Lok series | Prime Video.