Created by Biswa Kalyan Rath and produced by OML Production, Laakhon Mein Ek shows us the dark world that Indian youth often has to navigate through. It is an anthropology with the two seasons depicting two different stories--but both of them take a deep dive into the issues that the youth often struggle with.
The two-season series on Amazon Prime is the brainchild of Biswa Kalyan Rath, who is more known for his standup comedy
Season one covers the story of Aakash Gupta (played by Ritwik Sahore), a 15-year old forcefully enrolled into an IIT coaching institute by his parents. His condescending father who always reminds Akash what a disappointment he is, sends him to a coaching institute called Genius Infinity in Visakhapatnam.
Being a mediocre student with no interest in science, He gets into Section D because of his low marks but is soon upgraded to Section A after he starts performing well in the exams. While Season one shows the real struggle, everything is portrayed in a humorous way.
Season two is about a young doctor, Dr Shreya Pathare (played by Shweta Tripathi) who is posted in Sitlapur village to conduct a cataract camp without any previous experience. Pathare, a straightforward and strong woman, finds herself in complicated situations where her beliefs are challenged.
It is a true portrayal of the corrupt government medical system. The show has everything from gender politics, ignorance, class differences, and superstition that turns the story into a hard-hitting tale with a hopeful end.
Biswa Kalyan Rath doesn’t make the ending easy for us to digest as the leading protagonist loses the fight and makes us question India’s dishonest and corrupted public health care system.
Biswa has effortlessly captured the ugly reality of Indian parents forcing their unrealistic dreams on their children without realising what the kids want out of their life. It is a relentless and authentic display of the chaos, confusion, and pressure of an average Indian teenager’s life.
Bollywood has time and again emphasized the adverse effects of education and the corrupt government through different movies including Udaan, Three Idiots and Taare Zameen Par. This show is definitely worth a watch, though it may make you nostalgic about your difficult school and college days.