Paatal Lok - Journey to the Dark Side 2020

It’s a binging era, and this article is about the amazing Paatal Lok Amazon Prime review along with Paatal Lok web series release date to give you all the reasons why you should set aside all your binge-watching plans and watch this series instead.

Produced by Anushka Sharma has collaborated with the writer of her violent thriller, NH10, Sudip Sharma to create this intensely edgy Paatal Lok web series. Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy (Pari) are the co-directors along with Navdeep Singh, the director of NH10, as the ‘script consultant’.

The Paatal Lok web series release date, 15th May 2020, is perfect to overheat your weekend with its underworld energies.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the review!

Paatal Lok Amazon Prime Review

Paatal Lok - Journey to the Dark Side 2020

Highly anticipated as being released as a rival to Sacred Games on Netflix, the directors and writers of Paatal Lok Amazon Prime have outperformed themselves, unintentionally so. The Paatal Lok web series starts by driving through the streets of New Delhi, the capital, but goes off-roading when it takes a steep turn onto the NH-24 to enter the land of crimes, Uttar Pradesh.

It dwells into evil realities of the Capital reassuring the stories about the horrifying areas beyond the Yamuna and why it is out of bounds, especially at night. The Paatal Lok web series Amazon Prime IMDb overview says, “ A down and out cop lands the case of a lifetime when four suspects are nabbed in the assassination attempt of a journalist. The pursuit of it leads him to ‘Paatal Lok’, and to shocking discoveries in the past of the four suspects.”

Actors and Characters

Paatal Lok - Journey to the Dark Side 2020

Hath Ram Choudhary is the protagonist of the Paatal Lok web series. The role is brilliantly played by actor Jaideep Ahlawat, an honest cop who gets posted to the crime-filled “Outer Jamuna Paar” police station, as a punishment after a series of regrets and relegation in his cop career. The plot takes a not-so-sweet turn when he gets his hands on a local thug.

But only later does he discover that this thug is, in fact, the very famous and dreaded serious killer, Hathoda Tyagi – named so because of his choice of weapon, a hammer. Hathoda Tyagi is the main antagonist played by Abhishek Banerjee, who you must be knowing as Jaana from the movie Stree. Without even a second thought, Hathi Ram jumps straight into the case about an attempted murder of an infamous journalist, Sanjeev Mehra, played by Neeraj Kabi.

Viewers might feel like Gul Panag’s role as an ungrateful wife of an honest cop is miscasted in this Paatal Lok web series Amazon Prime, but that can’t be blamed on the actor. In fact, that is what makes the series real.

Imran Ansari, played by Ishwak Singh, is a classic rookie cop getting moral and practical experiences from his senior, Choudhary, who is trying to show him the narrow ropes of the system which he sees with a wide-eye. Ansari, a Muslim cop, gives the viewers a chance to get a taste of the discrimination and dislikes faced by him.

The other characters of the Paatal Lok Amazon Prime also attract attention. The journalist, Neeraj Kabi, who is ambitious and joyous to cover stories from whichever way the wind is blowing, is very efficient. His wife, Swastika Mukherjee as Dolly, seems anxious and shaky at the start but has a lot more to do as the show proceeds through it’s nine episodes. There is also a reporter who is idealistic, Sara Matthews (played by Dutt) in the crime-drama mix, looking for a moral centre amidst the wickedness.

But the main attraction of the Paatal Lok web series is, undoubtedly, Jaideep Ahlawat. 

The Plot (No spoilers, though)

Paatal Lok - Journey to the Dark Side 2020

The character of Hathi Ram in the Paatal Lok web series Amazon Prime is introduced to us when he’s giving an unwanted lecture to a young cop about how the world is divided into three “Loks” starting with the topmost “Svarg Lok” which is resided by the gods and angels, then comes the “Dharti Lok” where cops and humans reside, and then there is “Paatal Lok” from where the evil pesticides and insects come from and break all hell loose.

Who seems like a weary cop with a tuned Hariyanvi accent takes the viewers to a nine episodes journey of the Paatal Lok web series Amazon Prime what is surely going to be one of the most memorable characters in Ahlawat’s lifetime?

The thrill begins as Hathi ram starts digging deep into the shocking and unusual connections between the most unrelated people in the most unlikely places. Paatal Lok Amazon Prime is very much a crime thriller-cum-police entertainment set mainly in Delhi, weaving off into webs, solid and a few weak, but manages to keep us sitting at the edge of our chairs. Spinning on with somewhat accurate recognition of the modern India, it is very political and elevates into an amazingly written, fast-paced and trilling series.

But there’s still more than meets the eye with religion, caste, politics, violence, corruption and power-play in all of its episodes in South Delhi as well as the dust-ridden rural areas. Some of Paatal Lok’s very intense scenes are set in rural Punjab and Chitrakoot, the place where Lord Ram made a fault on his way to Sri Lanka. 

The Paatal Lok Amazon Prime also highlights the nuances surrounding fake news and also ‘UP elections’, a long sinful tale ranging from gun-toting carpet-baggers of the hinterland’s jungles to the mighty mansions of media in Delhi. At some points, it is too much of a stretch of which is the dreadful result – the dead-eyed and extremely violent Hathoda Tyagi, who has the key to a hidden secret.

Why should you watch Pataal Lok?

Paatal Lok - Journey to the Dark Side 2020

At points of culminations, Pataal Lok web series swims through its messy plot to posit Hathi and Hathoda, both of them a consequence of their situations, and asks a controversial question of whether anyone purely evil.

The answer to this moral question can be found out only by watching the Paatal Lok web series all by yourself exclusively on Amazon Prime.

The Paatal Lok web series Amazon Prime IMDb ratings stand at a fantastic 9.1/10.

If this Paatal Lok Amazon Prime Review has spoken to you what you needed to know and opened up all your curious nerves to make you thirst for a crime-thriller-drama, where the characters are unapologetically morally blameworthy then don’t waste another moment and start binging!

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