Available on: Amazon Prime Video
Released On: 2 April 2020
Cast: Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Raghuvir Yadav, Chandan Roy
Director: Deepak Kumar Mishra
About the story:
Panchayat is the latest original series of The Viral Fever (TVF) starring Jitendra Kumar aka Jeetu. Panchayat premiered on Amazon Prime Video on April 2, 2020. Furthermore., this is the second collaboration of TVF with Amazon Prime Video after Hostel Daze. Besides Kumar, well-known actors like Neena Gupta, Raghuvir Yadav, and Chandan Roy play supporting roles.
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The story revolves around Abhishek Tripathi (Jitendra), an engineering graduate who struggles to find his desired job opportunities. While his friend Prateek (played by Biswapati Sarkar) enjoys the benefits of working in an MNC, Abhishek is posted at a distant village called Phulera, Uttar Pradesh. He works there as the Secretay of the Panchayat office and earns a salary of twenty thousand.
However, Abhishek’s dreams are too large to fit within that office. He plans to crack CAT and pursue MBA from IIM. Therefore, he starts preparing for his exams after office hours. During his stay, he comes across the eccentric traits of the locals of Phulera. This mainly includes Manju Devi (Gupta), the ornamental Panchayat Head and her husband Brij Bhushan Dubey (Yadav). He struggles to keep pace with this change in his life while simultaneously catering to the village’s needs.
Jitendra Kumar is the man who sets record and breaks them itself to set newer ones. It was delightful to see him back in web platform Not to mention how brilliantly he essayed the role of Abhishek Tripathi. Raghuvir Yadav’s ‘Pradhan Ji’ is the yin to his yang. The best thing about Panchayat is its screenplay. It perfectly depicts the way of living in rural India and will not deviate from its track for even a second. Adding on to this, are the brilliant punchlines. However, the concept could have been more promising. Nevertheless, Panchayat is a fortunate visual treat for all of us amid this unfortunate lockdown.
What works: Screenplay, acting, and cinematography
What doesn’t work: Plot development
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