Cubicles: Web Series Review
TVFPlay,The Viral Fever (YouTube).
Genre: Comedy, Drama.
Release Date: December 2019.
Platform: TVFPlay, The Viral Fever (YouTube).
“TVF’s latest web series Cubicles strives to tell how a 9-5 ordinary desk job isn’t as boring as people believe it to be. Does it succeed? Find out!”
Piyush Prajapati (Abhishek Chauhan) is all geared to be on his first job as the junior developer. Suited and booted, his first day is not as grand as he expected- he enters as a visitor, screws up his first assignment and overall has a bad start. But it’s just the first day, and he strives to make his coming days at work better, turning the indistinguishable walls of cubicles as his own. From learning the work-lingo and making friends, Piyush becomes the part of corporate culture, one day at a time.
TVF has offered us Pitchers, an outstanding story of a start-up. We all dream of doing something that revolutionary, but end up working in a cubicle more often than not. And TVF is here to tell you that it is not as bad as people like to tell you. Told from Piyush Prajapati’s point-of-view, Cubicles is the story of 9-5 working people like you and me, who follow the same routine day in and day out. It strives to tell that even though it might seem dull and dreary to some, there’s a whole new life taking place in those cubicles, and it can be equally, if not more, revolutionary.
It follows the problems of a regular working person- making friends in the office, learning how to manage your meager salary, celebrating the weekend off, and dealing with your favorite co-worker’s termination. Every situation is relatable in its hilarity, and Piyush is an embodiment of “regular”.
Abhishek Chauhan gives life to his character’s mediocrity. He turns Piyush into a friend you have in your office, so you connect with him from the beginning till the end. He is the clueless and excited guy in the maze of capitalism, who finds his way one mistake and lesson at a time. Nidhi Bisht, who plays the TL Megha, worms her way into your heart as the boss who knows how to straddle the personal and professional line without stumbling. Every character adds to the bittersweet work-family Piyush begrudgingly adopts- be it the ever-practical HR (Khushbu Baid), or his teammate Shetty (Niketan Sharma).
Cubicles becomes personal with Kalpesh’s (Arnav Bhasin) character- Piyush’s friend and roommate. Their friendship is as easy as breathing- it simply exists in the comfort of familiarity and lack of pretense.
Writers, Avinash Golani and Vijay Narayan Verma, deliver a light and engaging script that uses a lot of inspirational dialogues and quotes (we cubicle workers thrive on those, don’t we?) as metaphor’s for Piyush’s situations, in a fun way. TVF always leaves you wanting more with their 5-episode series, and the creator Amit Golani makes it that much more difficult to see Cubicles
Karthik Rao, the music director of the series, weaves a melodious flute into electronic for the background music, which further drives the essence of the series home- cubicles are NOT dull.
Not a thing.
Cubicles is mediocrity made sublime. If you’re feeling the stress of your job, this series will make you look at it in a new light.
Chaitanya Kumbhakonum is also the director of Girliyapa’s web series Girls Hostel.
Abhishek Chauhan can also be seen in the web series ScoopWhoop’s web series Baked.
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