Few days back, the trailer of the web series ‘Paatal Lok’ on Amazon Prime, had let us sneak into the gruesome and gritty world of crime, politics and media.
This Friday, i.e. May 15, 2020, we see the streaming of the web series, ‘Paatal Lok’ produced under the banner of Anushka Sharma’s Clean Slatz. It is her first web production and is written and directed by Sudip Sharma of Udta Punjab, NH10, Sonchiriya.
This show features top-notch talents like Jaideep Ahlawat in the lead, playing Hathiram Chaudhary, a police officer who gets the controversial case of a lifetime, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Gul Panag and Swastika Mukherjee in vital roles.
An attempt to be an investigative thriller, the nine-part series deals with a cop played by Ahlawat, the protagonist, who lands the case of a lifetime when four suspects are nabbed in the assassination attempt of a primetime journalist. This case turns out to be a devious maze and its pursuit leads him to shocking discoveries in the past of the four suspects.
In an interactive session with Jaideep, he was quizzed about the possibility of a season 2 in the near future. Surprising us with a revelation of his own, Ahlawat confirmed, “Of course, there’s a possibility. As far as I know, the hint that I have gotten is that Sudip sir is already working on it [scripting season 2]. I hope it happens and I would love to take the story forward.”
Talking about Look Paatal Season 2, it could be about, the 42-year-old actor pondered, “It might be a different case or the continuation of the same case as season 1, I don’t know. But, I would love to play Hathiram again. His involvement has just started. Hathiram has just entered the game. We feel that he will finally start now. Now, things are in his favour.”
Jaideep grew up in Haryana which helped him to get into the skin of such a complex character like Hathiram Chaudhary, as he shared, “The process is the same, you get into the background. When the material written is very good then half of your work is done by the writer itself. When there’s a well-defined character written, then the attempt is to be as honest to the material as possible. Then there were other things that I could do to make the character believable, like putting on weight, discussions on the relationships. Moreover, ‘How is Hathiram as we see in the start and what’s his background,’ was more important. There was a discussion on that as well. Why he was so complex? In the process, you read it as many times as you can so that it comes more naturally.”
However, Paatal Lok has also been grabbing headlines for its source material, with the writers having taken inspiration loosely from former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal’s book ‘The Story of my Assassins.’