There’s a sense of déjà vu moment when you enter the world of Paatal Lok, in its glorious dark nature. It reminds you of one Sacred Games, which turned out to be a blockbuster opening for Indian web shows on an international platform. The storyline between both series is more or less the same. Jaideep Ahlawat, in his first leading role, packs a punch as the good cop Hathiram Chaudhary, who gets thrust with the case of a lifetime. What seems like an assassination attempt on a renowned journalist (Neeraj Kabi) is startling just a pawn piece in a larger chess game of politics, religion and even journalism.
With four primary suspects in place; all of whom have their disgraced backstories in place, it’s the mystifying Hathoda Tyagi (Abhishek Banerjee) who is at the forefront of this dog-eat-dog world investigative drama. For creator Sudip Sharma, who is also a co-writer of Paatal Lok, the mingling of so many facets of society, especially during the current times with its social imbalance was a tricky storyline to undertake. But, balancing the art between obvious and subtlety is what works for the script of Paatal Lok.