Laakhon Mein Ek S2 (2018-)
Release Date: 12 April 2019
Number of Episodes: 8
Biswa Kalyan Rath
Directed By: Abhishek Sengupta
About the Series
Laakhon Mein Ek is an Indian web television series created by Biswa Kalyan Rath, produced by OML Production and starring Ritwik Sahore, Alam Khan and Jay Thakkar. It is an Amazon Prime Video original series and premiered on 13 October 2017. Season 1 which premiered on 13 October 2017 was about the struggles of Aakash, a teenage student from Raipur who is sent to a coaching centre Genius Infinity in Visakhapatnam for preparation of IIT entrance exam while season 2 which premiered on 12 April 2019 was about Dr Shreya and her fight with government for healthcare in Sitlapur Village.
Dr Shreya is posted in Sitlapur village to conduct a cataract camp. But the villagers aren’t the biggest believers in Government healthcare, the supplies aren’t separate from the politics, and the staff isn’t the dream team one would desire.
She’s dispatched to the rural medical centre in the village of Sitlapur to conduct a cataract camp, without having the requisite experience required to conduct such a camp – a fact that is held against her when things go awry. Once in Sitlapur, Shreya encounters a plethora of issues that make conducting the camp an almost insurmountable task. Shreya, however, perseveres, despite the odds stacked against her.
What Doesn’t Work
Laakhon Mein Ek S2 brings forth a story that is different, detailed and honest. The show talks about incidents that we see in real life but don’t see anyone talk about it.
Over a period of 8 episodes of the gripping story, Dr Shreya fights her way through apathy, hostility, antagonism, deep-rooted mistrust of the government medical machinery, blind faith in the local quack, lack of supplies, and much more, to win the hearts of the villagers and embed affection and trust in their minds. This reality hits hard, and the viewer empathizes with the whole situation.
Shweta Tripathi as Dr Shreya does a fabulous job as the bright-eyed optimist doctor who loses her will, reputation, and, finally, the fight itself. She stands alone, dejected and dishonoured, staring into the distance at a seemingly uncertain future. Laakhon Mein Ek doesn’t make things easy for us to digest by making the protagonist win like other underdog movies do. Shreya is grave, sincere, naïve and most definitely, fool-hardy. She is the fool that rushes in where none wants to tread. And Shweta brings out each facet brilliantly.
The ensemble cast props up the plotline splendidly. Sandeep Mehta, as CMO, Dr Gopal Patwardhan; Pravina Deshpande, as Dr Madhavi; Suyash Joshi as the MLA’s goon-cum-henchman Raja Babu; Arun Nalawade, as the immoral supplier, Ishwar Mhatre, lend ample and admirable support. Rupesh Tillu is superb as the lovable hustler, Bhola. He elicits laughter and brings in a bit of humour into the show with his antics.
Laakhon Mein Ek’s soundtrack builds up the intensity. Montages are backed by upbeat instrumental music. And the occasional sound effect of mosquito-killing and educational commercials add freshness and relatability.
Laakhon Mein Ek may get too grim at times. The story doesn’t have a happy ending, it remains as bleak as it seems. If you’re the type to look forward to happy endings, give this one a skip.
Mein Ek Season 2 is dark, desolate, yet a great improvement from its former season. So, watch it if you wish to see the other side of life, the ‘real’ side; the side that is far removed from the comfortable lives we live.
Laakhon Mein Ek S2 is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
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