Kota Factory Season 2 Review: A Popular But Problematic Netflix Show Makes You Wonder What It Is | Web series


Kota Factory season 2
Director – Raghav Subbu
To throw – Mayur More, Jitendra Kumar, Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Ahsaas Channa

You always wonder what promising filmmakers could do with bigger budgets. But beyond cumbersome contracts and perhaps a more strictly controlled package, the switch to Netflix seems to have done little for the guys behind Kota Factory. After a slightly interesting first season that was nowhere near as good as views on YouTube would indicate, the series, now stamped with Netflix’s “tudum,” is back with a new five-episode bundle that’s actually inferior. at first.

There was a sloppy indie spirit in the first season. He did his best with what little he had and told a compelling story about IIT aspirants in the city of Kota, Rajasthan – a kind of incubator that attracts teenagers from all over the country for its “Mahaul”, and also houses coaches. institutes with valuations of billions of dollars.

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Presented through the perspective of a young mollycoddle man named Vaibhav, Kota Factory is a surprisingly (and somewhat irresponsible) sincere look at the island community of college students who sacrifice their childhoods and dedicate the prime of life to ‘cracking’ one of the most difficult. competition in India. Getting a seat in the first institution would literally make them one percent in a country where the respect one gets is directly proportional to their qualifications.

Ironically for a show about people aspiring to be future world leaders, Kota Factory is oddly unambitious. I was particularly surprised by the writers’ decision to devote not one but two episodes of the second season to bodily fluids. While Vaibhav suffers from a bout of jaundice mid-term, his friend Meena discovers self-pleasure. And while one storyline is played for a laugh – no prize for guessing which – the other gives Kota Factory the chance to embrace schmaltz like never before.

But for some reason – maybe because its title includes the word “factory” – I expected this show to be more critical, or at least a little aware of the ridiculousness of this whole scenario. It’s a foreign world for me and, I imagine, for the majority of the population of this country. I had an easier time adjusting to the fantastic world of Pandora than to the cult environment in which Kota Factory offers a glimpse. Every time someone mentioned “inorganic” or “DPP” my heart sank.

A photo from season 2 of Kota Factory.

The series has an undeniable authenticity, but it doesn’t really investigate the real implications of the culture it (probably) romanticizes.

Kota Factory doesn’t need an excuse to play the same background song about Friendship every time Vaibhav and the gang get together for some shenanigans. It’s understandable to take a “best days of our lives” approach to a college story, but the sinister undercurrent of what’s going on in cities like Kota is largely ignored. And when the show finally decides to acknowledge the tragic reality of “taiyyari” at this point, it’s too little too late and comes across as slightly misleading, precisely because of the show’s willful ignorance of it all this time.

It also doesn’t help that Vaibhav isn’t the friendliest protagonist – just watch how he uses his mother and intimidates his new friend Sushrut – but I suspect the show doesn’t recognize him. He makes parasitic comments that reveal his inner sexist (and colorist) and the show doesn’t stop to challenge those claims, suggesting that she too believes in it. While there are several female characters in the mix in season two, the series is grossly lacking in women. perspective.

And then there’s Jeetu Bhaiya (Jitendra Kumar), which the series uses as a free Get Out of Jail card whenever it’s written in a narrative corner. Jeetu Bhaiya embodies the irritating conflict with which Kota Factory seems to be in a perpetual wrestling fight. There is no problem that Jeetu Bhaiya cannot solve by launching himself into a sort of sermon which is often at odds with what he has said previously. He’s like a pastor who tells his congregation that they no longer need to attend Mass, which makes him instantly cool, but then orders everyone wiggling their fingers that they should instead pray a million times a day at home. Always armed with a repository of stimulating lectures that he uses to condition his students, Jeetu Bhaiya is reminiscent of the leader of an apocalyptic cult. But what he fails to communicate to children is that there is life beyond IIT and exams.

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He doesn’t have to, of course. But then, how would Kota Factory appeal to the majority of viewers who neither dreamed of joining IIT nor cared much about those who do? After a while – and that was before the season finale, admittedly well done – I started longing for the Unacademy commercials and overused drone shots from the first season.

Kota Factory appears to be preparing for the entrance exams that Vaibhav, Meena, and the rest of the growing gang will eventually have to pass. But if he had been more daring, he would have focused more on drudgery and banality; doubt and disappointment. Maybe then he would have realized that throwing Jeetu Bhaiya at every problem is not the best solution.

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