So, this Lockdown what have you been up to? Funny, right? As if we have tons of options. Tell the truth, you have been caught in the infinite loop: Netflix to Amazon Prime to YouTube to Instagram and back to Netflix. Well, same pinch!
This other day I watched “PANCHAYAT”, AmazonPrime’s new rural comedy-drama, created by TVF.
The main cast consists of Jitendra Kumar (Jeetu Bhaiya) as New Panchayat Secretary Abhishek Tripathi, Neena Gupta as Manju Devi the village Pradhan, Raghubir Yadav as Pradhan Pati, Chandan Roy as the Sahayak, Vikas & Faisal Malik as Deputy Pradhan.
Panchayat is the story of Abhishek, who is reluctant about joining as the secretary of Panchayat office in a remote village of UP called Phulera but takes up the job due to lack of better job options.
Somewhat alien to the village lifestyle and disdainful to the people around him Abhishek slowly unveils the different layers and secrets that lie beneath the village’s humdrum proceedings. This show is about how Abhishek manages to balance life, work and at the same time prepare for his exams.
I am not going to summarize the whole story for you, but I am going to tell you why you should watch it.
Jitendra Kumar aka Jeetu bhaiya as always has done justice to his character. Raghuveer Yadav an ace actor is also effortless. Neena Gupta may not have appeared a lot on the screen but has done a great job as the pradhan of the village. Faisal Mallik and Raghuveer Yadav camaraderie is a treat on screen.
But, Chandan Roy steals the show with his subtle and effortless portrayal of an Office Assistant.
Director Deepak Mishra originally from Bihar has done a beautiful job in creating the show and we can call Panchayat his magnum opus. The writer, Chandan Kumar also from Bihar as well has captured the essence of village life with a lot of smoothness. Editor Amit Kulkarni has created such a great flow that compliments Chandan’s writing. Cinematography & Music are also of top-notch.
This series will remind you of your time in the village. This will provide you with a break from all the High-class sitcoms. This will remind you about the things that go down in the village, things you can relate to.
The decision of Abhishek of choosing a job that wasn’t his dream job because that’s the best he could get, made me realize about all those students who settle for less than what they have dreamt of.
Panchayat is a feel-good show that takes you through a journey that reminds you about the lives of the villagers and their problems in a village, but somehow you can relate to them even though you don’t live in one. It also subtly highlights the corruption and patriarchy in rural India.
Panchayat has done a great job of capturing the true essence of village life in India.
No matter where you live, no matter where you from, Panchayat is must watch for all because it will remind you of your roots. And maybe, just maybe once you complete this series, you would want to visit your village after this lockdown is over.
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