OTT platforms are all about thrillers. Be it movie or web series, the thriller genre rules the world of OTT.
There are sci-fi thrillers, horror thrillers, fantasy thrillers and so on. And in this thriller-biassed content world, ‘Panchayat’ came as the first rain of Summer.
Instead of walking through the typical way of complex stories, mysteries and twists, Panchayat was made out of utmost simplicity. And the second season of the series is successfully carrying the first season’s legacy.
Those who have watched Panchayat, know that the series is about a graduate, Abhishek Tripathi, who unwillingly takes the job of a government employee. To be precise, the job of secretary in the panchayat office of a village named Phulera. There, he becomes friends with his colleagues and faces various difficulties through which the story advances.
As said previously, the main fuel of this web series is simplicity. But the main goal is to focus on some important social philosophies. Especially, in the latest season, many complex personal, social, and political perspectives have been shown with simple events.
For example, the concept of patriarchy in society has been portrayed by two female characters in the series - one is Manju Devi, the actual elected Pradhan of Phulera, the wife of acting Pradhan Ji, and the other is a dancer from an entertainment group.
In the first case, Manju Devi is seen not be allowed to do her work as the Pradhan because of the misconception that women are unworthy.
And in the second case, the dancer cannot choose a free occupation other than dancing in front of pervert men, again, because she is not thought to be worthy of anything else by the patriarchal society.
Apart from showing the effects of patriarchy, the character of the dancer sheds light on the fact that most people are going with their jobs unwillingly, just like Abhishek Tripathi, the secretary.
Rather, their jobs are selected by other people or their tough situations. It is a significant social issue that most people are not happy with their job, and Panchayat 2 focused on this issue in a pretty thought-provoking way.
Judgemental people may be the most common type of people in the subcontinental societies. From relatives to neighbours, judgements are everywhere.
The character of Bhushan in Panchayat 2 is nothing different. He judges Abhishek Tripathi for his good fellowship with Pradhan Ji, aka, Brij Bhushan Dubey. Abhishek tries to defend himself at first, but finally, he strikes back, showing how judgemental people should be treated.
What spoils a person? Nobody is spoiled from childhood, every spoiled person gets spoiled for a reason. Everyone has their own stories, stories of hardships, complexities and losses.
The ironic drunkard driver from the anti-alcohol campaign is such a type of character. He lost his near and dear ones, that's why he became an alcoholic. Consuming alcohol is his necessity, rather than a hobby, to forget the face of his wife.
Though alcohol consumption should not be promoted, in this particular point, the focus should be on people’s hardships and not on judging them in the first place.
The socio-political perspective also has importance in the series. How a corrupted political leader uses mango people, how he practices his power on them, and how these leaders should be treated at the end, are shown during the last three episodes.
To conclude, this web series tells the story of every common people and their surroundings.
And, along with the excellent stories, actors like Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Faisal Malik, Chandan Roy etc, and mandatorily, director Deepak Kumar Mishra have made this season of Panchayat literally a visual treatment.