Laakhon Mein Ek, Season 2: Web Series Review
Cast: Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Suyash Joshi, Pravina Deshpande, Milind Joshi, Sandeep Mehta, Arun Nalawade, Rupesh Tillu,Ishan Mishra, Nitin Jadhav, Pushkar Jog, Shaurya Tyagi, Ramakant Dayama, Biswa Kalyan Rath.
Director: Abhishek Sengupta.
Channel: Amazon Prime Video.
Release Date: 12th April 2019.
Shreya Pathare is junior doctor at a district government hospital, from where she is sent to conduct a cataract camp in the village of Sitlapur. A village where the locals don’t trust the government hospitals or their facilities, it’s difficult for Shreya to do the task she is sent to do. As if that’s not enough trouble, a huge political agenda meddles with the medical process, shattering everything she has managed to build. Will the strong doctor be able to stick to her ideals, at the cost of everything, or will she succumb to the system?
- Laakhon Mein Ek, Season 2, is a bold take on the country’s government medical institution and the politics that meddles in almost every area of the society.
- Laakhon Mein Ek is an anthology series that raises the ordinary to extraordinary. There is no shortage of such stories in the entertainment industry, but what makes this series different is the lack of exaggeration, the unnecessary, heavy dosage of motivation to inspire people. The facts are delivered in a raw way that subtly deliver their powerful impact.
- In this second installation, Biswa sheds light on the dark labyrinth of politics and its reach that will suck you in and spit you out, all drained and used. Shreya Pathare is an underdog, a hero, but unlike the mainstream content, her heroics don’t save the day. She is just a small cog in the large machination of corrupt officials and power-hungry dealers.
- The plot of the series is as opposite of its positive title as it can get. Shreya is the one-in-a-million girl who is ethical and integral to a fault, but her story is anything but positive or one with the happy ending. The plot’s main theme is medicine, surrounded by corruption, politics, neglect, and media sensationalism that affects one of the important sector of the society, i.e. healthcare.
- Laakhon Mein Ek gets as real as it can; no whitewashing or glamorizing the reality. The audience is dealt with hard facts of the society, which are relatable but neglected, leaving you to introspect. In the recent bout of elections, what with all the content that is more of propaganda than entertainment, it’s refreshing to see something that isn’t a fake or a gloss-over.
- Shweta Tripathi is a delight to watch on screen. She is truly a versatile actor and seeing her perform Shreya, a young girl with an unflinching determination who takes on things above her caliber, the way she does justice to the character, is gratifying.
- The extensive ensemble cast fits right in, portraying their roles perfectly in the given time, rather than sticking out as unnecessary crowd.
- The line between right and wrong blurs in Laakhon Mein Ek; there are characters that are good, but they have to resort to ways that may be considered as unethical or bad in normal circumstances, but in that instance it is the necessary evil. The characters manage to portray it brilliantly, be it Sandeep Mehta’s Gopal Patwardhan or Pravina Deshpande playing Dr. Madhavi.
- Advait Nemlekar deserves a special mention for his praiseworthy original scores in the series that compliments the plot where necessary. From poignant to satirical melodies, the music elevates the appeal of the series.
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Laakhon Mein Ek, Season 2, is a raw take on India’s government healthcare system and politics’ hand in it all. Must watch!
- Abhishek Sengupta, the director of the series who has also written a few episodes, has directed short films such as Bapu and The Day After.
- Shweta Tripathi recently made cameo appearances in TVF’s Tripling, Season 2, and Amazon Prime’s Made In Heaven.
- Suyash Joshi was seen Hungama’s original web series Damaged, and in short films such as Baiyaan and Hell O Hello. Apart from being an excellent actor, he is also a music composer of the short film Pyaar Kab Karoge? and Baiyaan.
- Biswa Kalyan Rath, who is the creator of the series, makes cameo appearance in the series as a reporter.
Watch The Trailer Here: