Format: Web Series
Platform: Prime Video
Panchayat is a comedy-drama, which captures the journey of an engineering graduate Abhishek, who for lack of a better job options joins as secretary of a panchayat office in a remote village of Phulera in Uttar Pradesh. Stuck between crazy villagers and a difficult village lifestyle, Abhishek starts his job with the sole motivation of getting out of these as soon as possible, for which he even prepares for CAT.
The show captures the pulse of the Hindi heartland, wherein a career-oriented man has to take up a job in a remote village all for 20 thousand rupees. Jitendra Kumar, who has starred in previous TVF outings such a Kota Factory, plays Abhishek Tripathi and makes you resonate with his struggles. The makers of TVF have come up with yet another show that features education, students and the struggles faced by students due to the education system in the country. In the past few years a lot of shows and movies have been made portraying the life in Hindi Heartland in India. The simplicity of the characters increases the relatability of the show. The screenplay is engaging and the direction is top-notch. Panchayat, the 8-episode series serves a healthy dose of comedy and emotional drama.
Jitendra Kumar who was last seen in the social satire Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan outshines himself as the career-oriented Abhishek Tripathi. Neena Gupta plays Pradhan Manju Devi, the village chief and it is amazing to see her transition from parallel cinema to mainstream. She is the village chief who has a secret of her own. Raghubir Yadav who has also been a part of several films, has a quirky character to play as well.
It is a light-hearted quirky series which has a lot of heart.
The first two episodes seem to spaced out and nothing really happens in the start of the series. It might throw audiences offtrack as they might expect a lot from the talented star cast.
Did I Like It
Yes, would definitely recommend it to be binge-watched.
Rating - 3/5