Kota Factory: Web Series Review
Cast: Mayur More, Arun Kumar, Ranjan Raj, Jitendra Kumar, Ahsaas Channa, Alam Khan, Revathi Pillai, Urvi Singh, Jyoti Gauba, Amitabh Ghanekar, Lovleen Mishra, Vaibhav Thakkar.
Director: Raghav Subbu.
Channel: The Viral Fever (YouTube).
Release Date: 16th April 2019.
Vaibhav Pandey enters Kota to prepare for the formidable IIT exams. He misses the mark to make it into Maheshwari, the most prestigious and coveted coaching class, hence settling in Prodigy. As he tries to accommodate with his new lifestyle- dealing with the mess food, dense water, and sleepless nights- to stand-out among the 100s of others, Kota gives him an experience more precious than the rank he came for.
- There have been very few series in Indian Web Entertainment that have gained its rightful acclaim by word of mouth, rather than blatant advertising and promotions. Kota Factory is one of them. A series that is perfect in both its storytelling and execution, Kota Factory can be easily said to be the best web series that has come out in 2019.
- Revolving around the groveling IIT examinations, Kota Factory takes the mainstream route, highlighting the struggle of the students like us, the faces who blend in the crowd, in a way that raises the ordinary to extraordinary. It doesn’t exalt or demean the education system, it simply puts forth the reality in an unflinchingly raw and normal way.
- Kota Factory focuses on the city of IITians– Kota. It’s the hub of coaching institutions that prepares students for the medical and engineering entrance exams, to get into the collages they want. It might seem as if the series is targeting the niche audience of engineering student, but it’s so much more than that. First of all it isn’t dreary, at all, choosing deadpan humor to alleviate the strain the subject might have created. Second, it showcases the strength of friendship that persists through competition- without any sugarcoating or mellow drama. And finally, it sublimates the most clichéd notions to a whole new level, for e.g. the dahi-shakkar
- Mayur More, Ranjan Raj and Jitendra Kumar are cherry on the pie. They enhance the creator and writers’ vision with their to-the-point character portrayals. Mayur’s Vaibhav is a confused guy trying to find his rhythm in the wheel to secure the position and the dream he came to achieve. When he wants something he steps out of his comfort zone to achieve it, his perseverance a symbol of hope in the bleakness of monotony. Jitendra’s Jeetu Bhai worms his way into not only in the students but also the viewers’ hearts. He is that teacher we wish we all had in our lives.
- Ranjan Raj’s Meena. The unassuming, sweet Meena is that mother hen of a friend we all have. The guy who doesn’t have a single bone of bitterness or envy in his body, always there for you when you need him, a silent yet steady presence in your life. He is real in his expectations, and Ranjan plays him in an outstandingly just manner.
- Kudos to the creator and writers- Saurabh Khanna, Abhishek Yadav and Sandeep Jain- for the best dialogues, or the lack thereof, creating an impact with and between the lines. The background and original music compliments the sequences where necessary, in a smooth manner.
- Kota Factory’s best feature is its cinematography. From the black and white palettes to the wide and narrow angles it sets the mood for the plotline in a precise manner. There’s this scene in the first episode, when Vaibhav gets admitted to Prodigy. Before his admission he is shown to be walking in the other direction, away from the crowd. After his admission though, he blends into the crowd, walking with them- a part of it. This and many such shots convey the emotion of the story far better than any words could have.
- As is TVF’s wont, Kota Factory gets bonus points for seamless brand integration. Unacademy makes an appearance in every episode, subtly delivering its impact.
- Kota Factory is a wholesome series; it doesn’t make you despair because it’s over, instead it gives you hope in the way it concludes.
- Not a single thing.
Kota Factory is beauty in brevity. If you haven’t watched it already, please do.
- Kota Factory is India’s first black and white web series.
- Saurabh Khanna makes a cameo appearance in the series, as a Vice Principal of the school where the practical is conducted.
Watch The First Episode Here: