Welcome friends and today I am going to review one more web series which was recently premiered in Amazon Prime. Yes, I am talking about the show “Panchayat” directed by Deepak Mishra
Panchayat – Starcast and details
Starcast includes Jitendra Kumar, Raghuvir Yadav, Neena Guptam Chandan Roy and Faisal Malik in pivotal roles.
This is the season 1 of the series existing of 8 episodes running for 35 minutes each.
Panchayat- Introduction of characters
The plot revolves around a guy called Abhishek Tripathi (Kumar) who is recruited in Government department and been deputed as a secretary in Gram panchayat office in one of the villages of UP called Phulera.
Accompany him is the Pradhanji aka Brij Bhushan Dubey (Yadav). Actually the real Pradhan of Gram Panchayat is his wife Manju Devi (Neena Gupta) but she is hardly interested in this office affairs. There are 2 more characters Vikas (Roy) and vice president (Faisal Malik). All these 3 actually do the work for their wives who are the real elected representatives of Gram Panchayat.
Panchayat – Plot
Tripathi is been pissed by his job which offers very meagre salary wants to move out of job as early as possible. He has joined this job on his friends insistence who advised him to look the real India and flattered him with Mohan Bhargav of Swades slogan. Tripathi prepares for his CAT exams during his job so that he could go back to original life.
The episodes are filled with daily situations and how the villagers react to it like when the Tripathi is arrived then the key of the Panchayat office is lost by Pradhanji. The advice to break the lock of Panchayat office is rejected by Pradhanji as the lock belongs to his wife’s mom house. Tripathi purchases a new moving wheel chair for himself for comfort but that again doesnt goes down well to Pradhanji as his chair seems is lower quality than the secretary.
An episode about a marriage in village and how villagers do anything to satisfy the demands of the groom. Another one where the villlagers are exasperted by the population control slogan which is been painted in the whole village. Rumours of a Peepal tree chasing people in night. Pradhanji trying to pitch Tripathi for his daughter to avoid dowry paying. Tripathi and Pradhanji involving in a fight with couple of young guys of the nearby village.These are some of the stories shown in the series.
Each episode of the series is shown of a situation light and humorous manner. The series will give you the rustic feeling of village where fields and kuccha roads have been shown with small bylanes and people in kurtas and pyjamas.
When talking about performance, Raghuvir Yadav is always a delight to watch for especially in these light hearted rural situations. Jitendra Kumar has really emerged from Youtuber to movies and then this series. His actions and expressions are enough to explain the ordeal faced by town man in a small village.
Chandan Roy as Vikas is good and humorous. Faisal Malik was okay. Neena Gupta as Manju Devi is believable as a housewife and Pradhan. She is impressive in scenes with Raghuvir Yadav in taunting him, reprimanding him and nagging him.
I would definitely recommend this webseries to them who like to watch light hearted comedy. This series is also better family watch than other webseries where most of them have cuss words in almost every scene.
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