Panchayat {Season 3/2024/Hindi/India} Series Review

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Panchayat season 3 continues to provide a healthy dose of comedy and drama set in the rural ambience of Bharat (rustic India). With its interesting and peculiar characters, it has become a fan-favourite show in India.

Now, this series has released its third season recently. Once again, the memes and video reels (for example “Dekh Raha Hai Binod!“) related to this hit Hindi language show have flooded social media platforms in India.

"Panchayat" is an Hindi word, which is an elective council of about "Five Members" organized in the India as an organ of village self-government. And the "Pradhan" is an elected leader of the "Panchayat".

‘Panchayat’ Narrates Heartwarming Tales Set In Rural Milieu Of India


Trailer: Panchayat (Season 3/2024) Series

Official Trailer – Panchayat Season 3 – Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav – Prime Video | YouTube.

Spoiler Free Review: Panchayat (Season 3/2024) Series

Official – storyline/plotline/summary/synopsis

In Season (1) One, this comedy-drama depicts the life journey of an engineering graduate Abhishek Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar), who for lack of a better job option joins as secretary of a panchayat office in a remote Phulera village of Uttar Pradesh. Later in Season (2) Two, stuck between chaotic villagers and a difficult village lifestyle Abhishek starts his job with the sole motivation of getting out of there as soon as possible, for which he even prepares for the CAT (Common Admission Test) for management students in India.

Now, in the latest Season (3) Three, as the Panchayat elections approach, both Pradhan Brijbhushan Dubey (Raghubir Yadav) and Bhushan Sharma (Durgesh Kumar) gangs engage in a fierce battle to uplift their public image. Navigating the murky waters of Phulera politics, Abhishek does his best to maintain his objectivity. But then, as one knows, the world of politics is complex.

Watch the Panchayat Season 3 - Episode 1 (Prime Video India) on this YouTube link. Also, check the summary of its 24 episodes in the spoilers shared below.

Determined to cancel Abhishek’s transfer, Pradhan's actions push the rift with the MLA to a boiling point. Despite all the chaos, Phulera gets its Naya Sachiv (or do they?)
Neena Gupta (Manju Devi Dubey), Raghubir Yadav (Brijbhushan Dubey), Jitendra Kumar (Abhishek Tripathi), Faisal Malik (Prahlad Pandey), & Chandan Roy (Vikas Kumar) – from Left to Right

We loved the simple and humourous script by Chandan Kumar

The story primarily focuses on the common (and not-so-common) folks living in the Phulera village of Uttar Pradesh. The protagonist is a typical educated young man Abhishek Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar), who hails from an urban India. But, then by a quirk of fate (and job-scarcity scenario), Abhishek lands in rural Bharat. So, as expected there are bound to be certain testing and adjustment problems for both sophisticated Abhishek and the simple (and not-so-simple) unsophisticated villagers.

Off-late we have heard numerous tales about the great divide that exists between urban India and rural Bharat. The gap between people residing in modern cities and traditional villages has been widening in recent years, especially in the Northern states of India. This realistic comedy set in contemporary India is very well written. Therefore, it offers many urban folks to reminisce and romanticize the rural Bharat, which many of them left behind when they migrated and shifted to cities. No wonder, this show has become a super hit show in India.

The entire ensemble cast has given captivating performances

Backed by an insightful storyline by Chandan Kumar, the series director Deepak Kumar Mishra has recreated a fascinating world at Phulera village. We are very impressed by the captivating and engaging acting of the entire ensemble cast. No doubt, two veteran actors Neena Gupta (Manju Devi Dubey) and Raghubir Yadav (Brijbhushan Dubey) lead the way with their charming portrayal of the official (and unofficial) Pradhan Ji. This “Pradhan Ji” is one of the most curious democratic political arrangements in the patriarchal society of India. One has to see it and experience it to believe the ingenuity of the male politicians in India.

The Panchayat series has been featured in our 50 Most Popular Indian Web Series article. 

But, other actors are not far behind. We also liked the characters and performances of Jitendra Kumar (Abhishek Tripathi), Sanvikaa (Rinki Dubey), Faisal Malik (Prahlad Pandey), Chandan Roy (Vikas Kumar), Sanvikaa (Rinki Dubey), Durgesh Kumar (Bhushan Sharma), Ashok Pathak (Binod), Sunita Rajwar (Kranti Devi Sharma), Pankaj Jha (MLA Chandrakishore Singh), Tripti Sahu (Khushbu Rani), Aasif Khan (Ganesh), Aanchal Tiwari (Raveena), etc, in the Panchayat season 3 series. Each of them has a memorable character.

The conclusion

One of the oft-repeated criticisms that we have heard about this series is that it has far too many characters belonging to the Brahmin caste and it focuses mostly on their stories. Maybe its makers in India did not get the memo about the ongoing diversity and inclusion clauses in the entertainment Industry of the Western world. Or perhaps, their pragmatic tales depict the realities of rural India, where the upper castes dominate rural politics. Let us hope, that in the upcoming seasons, we shall see much greater diversity and harsh realism in its story.

The great man and the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi said, “The soul of India lives in its villages.” Therefore, to conclude, we can say truthfully, that we do not see many Hindi series (or movies) set in rural Bharat nowadays. In a way, it filled many Indians with a sense of nostalgia and belonging to the bygone era. It is a feel-good comedy-drama from Uttar Pradesh, one of the biggest states of India. Kudos to its makers for beautifully showcasing the down-to-earth Panchayat (village) life in modern India.


Ratings: Panchayat (Seasons 1, 2 & 3) Series

S1/2020S2/2022S3/2024
FM Ratings4.05/54.25/54.15/5
Panchayat (Season 3/2024) Series – FM Ratings.

Posters: Panchayat (Seasons 1, 2 & 3) Series


Key Details: Panchayat (Seasons 1, 2 & 3) Series

GenreComedy, Drama
Original language Hindi (India) & local dialect of Uttar Pradesh
SeasonsThree (3) Seasons:- First (2020), Second (2022), & Third (2024) Seasons.
EpisodesEight (8) Episodes in each Season:- Twenty-Four (24) Episodes, so far.
WriterChandan Kumar
DirectorDeepak Kumar Mishra
CastNeena Gupta (Manju Devi Dubey), Raghubir Yadav (Brijbhushan Dubey), Jitendra Kumar (Abhishek Tripathi), Faisal Malik (Prahlad Pandey), Chandan Roy (Vikas Kumar), Sanvikaa (Rinki Dubey), Durgesh Kumar (Bhushan Sharma), Ashok Pathak (Binod), Sushil Tandon (Bindeshwar), Vishal Yadav (Jagmohan), Sunita Rajwar (Kranti Devi Sharma), Pankaj Jha (MLA Chandrakishore Singh), Gaurav Singh (Chhuttan Singh), Tripti Sahu (Khushbu Rani), Shrikant Verma (Parmeshwar), etc.
NetworkPrime Video
About – Panchayat (Seasons 1, 2 & 3) Series.

Trailers: Panchayat (Seasons 1 & 2) Series

Season (1) One
Official Trailer – Panchayat – 2020 – TVF – Amazon Prime Video | YouTube.
Season (2) Two
Official Trailer – Panchayat Season 2 – 2022 – TVF – Amazon Prime Video | YouTube.

Spoilers Alert: 24 Episodes Summary

Season 1 (March 5 – April 3, 2020) / First Season – 8 Episodes Summary

Gram Panchayat Phulera (S1, E1) | (ग्राम पंचायत फुलेरा) | 35 minutes

An unwilling Abhishek Tripathi reaches Phulera to join as panchayat secretary of the village panchayat office. However, his first day at work turns out to be far worse than what he imagined.

Bhootha Ped (S1, E2) | (भूतहा पेड़ – Haunted tree) | 33 minutes

As frequent power cuts hamper Abhishek’s CAT preparation, he decides to take the matter into his own hands. Little did he know what he was up against.

Chakke Wali Kursi (S1, E3) | (चक्के वाली कुर्सी – Wheel Chair) | 30 minutes

Abhishek buys a new comfortable chair, that has “wheels”, to make his life easier. In the process, he unknowingly disrupts the panchayat office’s power balance.

Hamara Neta Kaisa Ho? (S1, E4) | (हमारा नेता कैसा हो? – What should our leader be like?) | 25 minutes

Under severe pressure to implement a government scheme, Abhishek pushes Pradhan Ji to make an extremely unpopular move. Will Pradhan Ji bow?

Computer Nahi Monitor (S1, E5) | (कंप्यूटर नहीं मॉनिटर – Monitor Not Computer) 33 minutes

Bored with his mundane life, Abhishek decides to have a little bit of fun. But sometimes with great fun comes grave consequences.

Bahot Hua Samman (S1, E6) | (बहुत हुआ सम्मान – Too Much Respect) | 23 minutes

To focus on his studies, Abhishek decides to put aside his ego. But for how long?

Ladka Tez Hai Lekin… (S1, E7) | (लड़का तेज़ है लेकिन… – The Boy Is Fast But…) | 30 minutes

Finally, the much-awaited CAT exam is around the corner. As Abhishek juggles between his work and studies, Pradhan Ji sees him as a potential groom for his daughter. Is he the right choice?

Jab Jaago Tabhi Savera (S1, E8) | (जब जागो तभी सवेरा – when you wake up, morning comes) | 36 minutes

Demotivated by his performance in CAT, Abhishek tries to come to peace with his reality. However, motivation comes to him most unexpectedly.

Season 2 (March 18, 2022) / Second Season – 8 Episodes Summary

Naach (S2, E1) | (नाच – Dance) | 43 minutes

Abhishek tries to save a deal derailed by an overenthusiastic Manju Devi. Prahlad and Vikas struggle with their doubts about Abhishek and Rinki.

Bol Chaal Band (S2, E2) | (बोलचाल बंद – stop talking) | 36 minutes

Due to lagging village development work, political opposition starts to emerge against Pradhan Ji. Abhishek’s loyalty gets tested.

Kranti (S2, E3) | (क्रांति – Revolution) | 31 minutes

Abhishek gives pace to the village development work. But not without hindrance.

Tension (S2, E4) | 36 minutes

On a slow office day, Abhishek and Vikas find themselves in an unusual situation. It’s a big day for Pradhan’s family.

Jaise Ko Taisa (S2, E5) | (जैसे को तैसा – Tit for Tat) | 29 minutes

Political opposition against Pradhan’s family takes its final shape. Abhishek picks a side, loud and clear.

Aukaat (S2, E6) | (औकात – Status) | 35 minutes

A desperate Pradhan Ji attempts to fulfil his biggest election promise. Abhishek gets a reality check but in a harsh way.

Dost Yaar (S2, E7) | (दोस्त यार – Buddy Friend) | 35 minutes

Abhishek questions his importance in Pradhan’s team. Pradhan Ji and Manju Devi have their dilemmas.

Parivaar (S2, E8) | (परिवार – Family) | 46 minutes

Afraid of losing the perception battle to his political opponent Pradhan Ji makes a tough call. An upset Abhishek tries to emotionally detach himself from the people around him.

Season 3 (May 28, 2024) / Third Season – 8 Episodes Summary

Rangbaazi (S3, E1) | (रंगबाज़ी – Charade) | 48 minutes

Pradhan’s desperate attempt to prevent Abhishek’s impending transfer intensifies the conflict between the Pradhan gang and the MLA. Prahlad finds it difficult to make peace with his new reality.

Gaddha (S3, E2) | (गड्ढा – Ditch) | 41 minutes

Abhishek returns with the resolve of staying away from the village politics. Fearing the loss of public reputation, Pradhan and Manju Devi need Abhishek’s help to handle a rebellion.

Ghar Ya Eent-Patthar? (S3, E3) | (घर या ईंट-पत्थर – House or brick-&- stone) | 35 minutes

After Bhushan senses an opportunity to attack Pradhan, Abhishek jumps into damage control mode. Prahlad doesn’t like the way Pradhan uses Abhishek for political benefit.

Atma Manthan (S3, E4) | (आत्म मंथन – Introspection) | 34 minutes

The final blow to Pradhan’s reputation comes after he gets accused of partiality in a welfare scheme implementation. Meanwhile to topple Pradhan’s rule, Bhushan allies with the MLA.

Shanti Samjhauta (S3, E5) | (शांति समझौता – Peace Agreement) | 36 minutes

Manju Devi reluctantly agrees to Bhushan’s proposal of entering into a peace agreement with the MLA. Abhishek too gives his nod as it’s impossible to get the road built without MLA’s support.

Chingaari (S3, E6) | (चिंगारी – Spark) | 35 minutes

To fix their dented image, the Pradhan gang sets a trap to capitalize on a lethal mistake committed by the MLA. Amidst all the political chaos an unexpected news brings joy to the Pradhan gang.

Shola (S3, E7) | (शोला – Blaze) | 35 minutes

Fully aware of his actions, MLA not only walks into the trap but also raises the stakes. Pradhan gang needs to walk the talk or it’s all over.

Hamla (S3, E8) | (हमला – Assault) | 50 minutes

Finally, Pradhan rallies the whole Phulera behind him to fight one last battle for glory. Abhishek finds himself too deep into the murky waters of village politics and loses his objectivity.


Awards: Panchayat (Seasons 1 & 2) Series

2020 & 2021 – Awards Won

Awards NamesWinners of the Awards
Filmfare OTT AwardsBest Series – Comedy – 2020 Winner Popular Award
Jitendra Kumar – 2020 Winner Popular Award – Best Actor: Comedy
Neena Gupta – 2020 Winner Popular Award – Best Supporting Actress: Comedy
Raghubir Yadav – 2020 Winner Popular Award – Best Supporting Actor: Comedy
Bollywood Life AwardsNeena Gupta – 2021 Winner Bollywood Life – OTT Award – Best Supporting Actress
IWM Digital AwardsRaghubir Yadav – 2021 Winner Jury Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Web Series
Jitendra Kumar – 2021 Winner Popular Award – Most Popular Actor in a Comic Role in a Web Series
Awards won in 2020 & 2021.

2022 & 2023 – Awards won

Awards NamesWinners of the Awards
Filmfare OTT AwardsRaghubir Yadav – 2022 Winner Popular Award – Best Supporting Actor: Comedy
Neena Gupta – 2022 Winner Popular Award – Best Supporting Actress: Comedy
Chandan Kumar – 2022 Winner Technical Award – Best Dialogue
Jitendra Kumar – 2022 Winner Critics Choice Award – Best Actor: Comedy
Indian Television Academy Awards, IndiaBest Web Series – Comedy – 2022 Winner OTT Award
Neena Gupta – 2022 Winner OTT Award – Best Actress: Comedy (OTT)
Deepak Kumar Mishra – 2022 Winner OTT Award – Best Director – Comedy (OTT)
Neena Gupta – 2022 Winner OTT Award – Most Popular Actress – OTT
Indian Telly Streaming AwardsDeepak Kumar Mishra – 2022 Winner Jury Award – Best Director – Hindi Series
Raghubir Yadav – 2022 Winner Jury Award – Best Supporting Actor – Hindi Series
Neena Gupta – 2022 Winner Jury Award – Best Supporting Actress – Hindi Series
IWM Digital AwardsMost Popular Web Series – 2023 Winner Popular Award
Chandan Kumar – 2023 Winner Jury Award – Best Story in a Web Series
Neena Gupta – 2023 Winner Jury Award – Best Actress in a Comic Role in a Web Series
Jitendra Kumar – 2023 Winner Editor’s Choice Award – Best Actor in a Web Series
Iconic Gold AwardsFaisal Malik – 2023 Winner Iconic – Best Supporting Actor of the Year
Critics’ Choice Shorts and Series Awards, IndiaFaisal Malik – 2023 Winner Series Award – Best Supporting Actor
Hitlist OTT AwardsBest New Season – 2023 Winner OTT Series Award
Best Creator/Showrunner – 2023 Winner OTT Series Award
Awards won in 2022 & 2023.

Posters, Featured and Other Images of Panchayat (Seasons 1, 2 & 3) Series are courtesy of Prime Video.


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