There’s no one who can’t relate to the series as everyone of us has pursued the dream of entering that one pristine college of our respective field
By Chetan Mehrishi
In an era where Bollywood is failing us every single week with no new subject matter to ponder upon, there are a bunch of people who still endeavour to bring us the lives and stories we can relate to and care about.
Another one of the recent gems that I came across with is TVF’s original series “Kota Factory”. With its final episode to be aired on 14th May, we think we owe it to you guys to bring out our analysis of this series. So here we go.
What’s it About?
The show as the name suggests, narrates the story of the competitive Indian education system, Its factory like structure and the phenomenon that has become Kota, a city in Rajasthan becoming a hub for coaching classes and PGs as thousands of students from around the country arrive here every year to train for entering the prestigious IIT.
The story revolves around Vaibhav, an above average kid among a pool of over 5 lakh students in India who aspires to be among that one percent making their way to the pearly gates of IIT. The story feels relatable even to grown ups like us precisely because the education system and the fierceness of competition has only increased since our teens.
The environment hasn’t changed one bit. The money making coaching classes still identify credible students who can garner ranks in the Engineering colleges thus boosting their public image while property owners rent up their houses to students at high prices as a place to dwell is more of necessity to the desperate kids.
Why is it Good?
People at TVF know what they’re doing as they’ve been creating online content before big corporates could even fathom the financial viability of the concept. And being IIT alumni themselves they have done a tremendous job bringing out a story we can all think of our own.
The reason for the web series to hit every right note is because of its genuine representation of students’ lives be it the illusion that shifting to a city where all your peers are moving to, is the only path to success or the previously discussed coaching institutes draining the parents of their hard earned money in exchange of the dream they sell everyday in bulk.
The show stars some of the TVF’s regulars. Mayur More as Vaibhav is heart warming and mirrors that desperate kid in all of us. One of our favorites Jitendra Kumar as Jeetu Bhaiya, a teacher who we can all pin point as one of the teachers at our school of coaching class has portrayed the calming voice in the tumultuous lives of these children beautifully. But Ranjan Raj as Meena is the ultimate show stopper. A naive and hardworking student who is bright but lacks social skills, Ranjan plays the character as his own.
All in All
We are going with 3.5 out of 5 stars for Kota Factory. Do yourself a favour and check out this amazing web series immediately. It’s still better than the best Bollywood’has offered us since the beginning of this year.