TVF Kota factory created quite a storm with its first season. The show, which takes place in the student town of Kota, focuses on the lives of young adults who aspire to become an IIT-ian, but given the popularity of the show, it can certainly be said that the base of fans of this series go far beyond just engineering students. In a conversation with indianexpress.com, director Raghav Subbu revealed that although he created a pretty tangible world in Kota Factory, he was never a part of that world during his formative years.
Raghav wanted to show Kota in such a way that people who do not know the city “feel the depth of Kota, understand what the world is like”. But, at the same time, he wanted to remind people of certain ideas that they might have “forgotten along the way.” “This city is about determination, it’s about being better than what you are and succeeding. Our goals may be different, but our journeys are pretty much the same,” he said. Besides putting on an entertaining show, Raghav wanted to present Kota in a way that makes you “feel the motivation behind being in a city like Kota.”
Every year, thousands of students flock to the city to prepare for the entrance exam which can eventually lead them to IIT and although not all students can achieve this goal, some are severely affected by the ‘immense pressure. The show is set in a world of young adults, but the treatment of its characters is quite mature and delicate. Director Raghav Subbu calls it a “humanistic approach” in trying to tell the story of these teenagers. According to him, “it is very common and very easy to use a young adult space, 16-18 years old that we see on the internet or other channels. it’s very easy to go in that direction because this world is extremely effervescent. You expect teens to break down. Raghav shared that the creators of TVF wanted to create a world like the one they’ve known that “feels like home.” “It feels Indian, not American at all, where you can go out to party. It just doesn’t resonate with an Indian audience and that’s precisely where we come from, ”Raghav said.
The year 2020 has affected the world in many ways and the city of Kota has not been spared either. Like many other businesses and industries, Kota’s coaching industry has suffered greatly, students left town for a long time, causing great losses for local businesses and also strongly affecting the way they prepared for exams. JEE. But Kota Factory consciously made the choice not to fight the pandemic, and Raghav explained the reason. “We wanted it to be timeless,” he said.
Raghav shared that it was a “fictional show” so they had the freedom to create any world they wanted and their goal was to create a show that was relevant “even sixty years later”. The addition of the pandemic would have “closed some narratives,” he said that “in setting up the pandemic, we thought it wouldn’t sound very well and it wouldn’t be a natural progression for people. characters “.
While the first season received excellent feedback, the second season can be expected to follow. Speaking of the upcoming seasons, Raghav shared that they have already started writing the third season. “We know how the story goes. What happens to the characters, what is the journey of each character. Who gets to IIT and who doesn’t, ”he concluded.
Season 2 of Kota Factory is streaming on Netflix.