Kota Factory Season 2
Creator / Author: Saurabh Khanna (EDF)
Director: Raghav Subbu
Throw: Mayur More, Jitendra Kumar, Ranjan Raj, Ahsaas Channa
Stream on: Netflix
TVF’s kota factory sheds light on the problems that today’s IIT-JEE aspirants face in their daily lives. The first season premiered on YouTube and was sponsored by Unacademy. The series was best known for word of mouth. I had heard about the show from a friend but I hadn’t bothered to watch it. I saw the first season a few days ago because I wanted to review the second. I have to admit it was super addicting and I watched the 5 episode series. The second season is just as airy in its pace. However, it suffers from the season two curse. It’s not as remarkable as the original.
The show’s pluses are its cast and characters. The nice boys and nice girls who rarely play the leading roles. TVF content has always been assignable. Some parts of the Kota Factory may sound like jargon, but the makers do their best to simplify it without preaching. Credit must go to the creator-author Saurabh Khanna. The series is in black and white and symbolizes the gray in the lives of these students.
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There is Jitendra Kumar who balances the character self-expression of the beloved Jeetu Bhaiya. It never gets boring. Mayur More stars Vaibhav Pandey is confident and sincere. Ranjan Raj as Balmuk and Meena is exceptional. The rest of the cast skilfully supports the narrative. Most of them manage to portray the vulnerable, clumsy, confused, dreamy students very well.
The second season advocates setting goals instead of just dreaming. There are some fine lines of dialogue that give such a life hack, from Jeetu Bhaiya of course. Although the series is set in a specific world of Kota and IIT-JEE aspirants, the series has a universal appeal because of the mental turmoil people go through when reality wakes the dreamy-eyed people from their sleep.
The series does well on almost all fronts – directing, casting, cinematography, editing, production design, and sound design. Where it comes to a standstill in the second season is the sloppy spelling in some parts. The sequences with Vaibhav’s mother are borderline clichés. The romantic tension between Vaibhav and Vartika (Revathi Pillai) is stretched a little too much. But these can be overlooked for an otherwise binge-worthy series.