Amazon Prime Is back with a new exciting and thrilling series that is sure to blow your hats away. produced by Anushka Sharma, the new Amazon Prime series is an intense exploration of Indian immorality, starring Jaideep Ahlawat in the role of a lifetime. Directed by Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy, the story revolves around your not so typical behind the scenes of “Cop Life”.

Considered by many to be a revolution in Indian television, Paatal Lok has been buzzed about all over the internet with some comparing it to Netflix’s original- “Sacred Games”. Starring  Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Gul Panag, Ishwak Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Swastika Mukherjee, and Niharika Lyra Dutt in the lead roles, this series has gotten everyone talking.  If you wish to know if this series should be the next on your binge watch list, then continue reading Paatal Lok: Review. 

Mystery and Adventure- Paatal Lok Plot

Yes, you read that right. Paatal Lok features your classical cop chasing bad guy story with a modern twist. Revolving around the story of the cynical inspector- Hathi Ram Chaudhary with a seemingly ordinary career in Delhi till he lands a high profile case which causes a complete shift in the paradigm.

The case turns into something dark with several mysterious turns along the way which leads inspector Hathi to the underworld or “Paatal Lok”, a world explored by few before. In his quest to get to the bottom of the case, Inspector Hathi undertakes to discover the true lives of his suspects during which he finds his path to self-discovery and enlightenment on his duties as a cop. The story takes a thriller approach all while focusing on the greater things in life.

Paatal Lok: Review- A captivating thriller

Paatal Lok Review

The story is set in the most perfect way possible with the initial bit focusing on the apparent mundane life of Inspector Hathi who is desirous of success and thrill in his life. This is when the universe works in magic and a new high profile case is assigned to him which proves as a shot for him to earn respect and get a taste of the life that he was so desirous of. In the quest of solving this crime, inspector Hathi must investigate the prime suspects Vishal Tyagi (Abhishek Banerjee), Tope Singh (Jagjeet Sandhu), Kabir M. (Aasif Khan), and Cheeni (Mairembam Ronaldo Singh) for the failed assassination attempt of prominent TV journalist Sanjeev Mehra (Neeraj Kabi). This quest is not easy and faces a new set of challenges to inspector Hanthi. 

A crime thriller with a hint of drama, Paatal Lok is an extremely captivating show sure to keep you glued to your screen. Giving us a realistic insight int the dangerous and fierce scenes of the cop world with a hint of all the drama that follows, it creates for a show that is perfectly crafted to hold the interest of the audience throughout the series.

Aristocracy, Fame, and Power- Exploring the inside

Paatal Lok Review

Paatal Lok manages to provide the audience an insight into the dangerous world of power-play, bureaucracy, media, and fame in Indian society. After the first few suspenseful episodes, the case spirals into social commentary on prime time media, power, politics, discrimination based on caste and religion, dog love, anxiety issues, and more. The series explores areas that usually are not touched upon by most Indian producers and offers a completely different yet realistic perspective to its viewers.

Paatal Lok has a captivating and compelling buildup and it will keep you on your toes. It manages to bring on a rustic charm without too many efforts with a smooth flow of the plot. The show is focused on the challenges and obstacles in a crime-solving journey with red-tapism, power-play, and corruption and is brought together by a very intelligently written script and profound screenplay. The series manages to portray with ease, the modern Indian scenario giving viewers an insight into the harsh realities of the bureaucratic world 

 Paatal Lok: Review- Packing on a lot, but a little too much?

Paatal Lok Review

The series has been praised for its inclusivity of various themes that most Indian producers often fail to bring to the table. However, midway through the series, this apparent excess of subplots adds to the confusion of the viewers. The social commentary soon becomes a bit too much to handle and dampens the overall thriller vibe. Towards the end, the story gets fairly tedious, resulting in an over-cluttered, overstretched, muddled mess. It tries to touch upon too many things and becomes too complicated to comprehend.

The emergence of several story-lines within the main plot acts as a test of the viewer’s patience and leads to a somewhat messed up clutter. The excessive amount of backstories and links within the story cause the overall theme to become somewhat hazy by shifting focus. It appears that the producers might have bitten off a bit more than they can chew. The show features a rather big build-up only to be fizzled up at the end.

A master thriller combined with a brilliant performance

Paatal Lok Review

Despite all the criticisms, Pataal Lok has managed to distinguish itself from other crime/ thriller series. With an intelligently written plot and brilliant on-screen performance by the cast, it manages to stand out. With a smooth and convincing narrative, it manages to bring out the true essence of difficulties in the cop business in India. It manages to deliver ambitious themes all while delivering very important social messages.

The show also does brilliantly with regards t direction, productions, and costume design. Pataal Lok can be considered an old school thriller with a modern twist with attention to detail. With an exhilarating plot filled with action, mystery, and drama, Paatal Lok is truly one to watch. 


All things considered, Pataal Lok has managed to stir the interest of viewers with a captivating and breathtaking plot all combined with a brilliant screenplay. It encompasses a gripping, nail-biting buildup and despite a not so great climax, it manages to steal the show. It is sure to keep you on your toes serving as the perfect action-packed thriller to keep you hooked. With a great chase, action-packed sequence and loads of drama, it is a must-watch. Not convinced by our Paatal Lok: Review? Head over to Amazon prime to check it out for yourself!

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Anubhav Kumar Das

Anubhav Kumar Das

Anubhav is the owner of Forever Pieces. He is a published author and poet. He is a part-time freelance writer and maybe found strumming the guitar for gigs on festive weekends. Besides all these, he is also an exhibited artist and photographer.

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