Panchayat is a comedy-drama, which captures the journey of an engineering graduate Abhishek, who for lack of better job option joins as a secretary of a panchayat office in a remote village of Uttar Pradesh.
It has been a trending topic since the makers released the show globally on April 3,2020. This web series is available on Amazon Prime, created by The Viral Fever and it surely casts some of the well known faces from their previous videos.
The series is better place to explore the foibles of its handful of characters. Panchayat unfolds as a comedy of mofussil manners. A proposal to install solar-powered lights teaches Abhishek the art of negotiating with the locals. A poorly phrased slogan for family planning leads to the discovery of hidden allies. The theft of a computer monitor is a sign that Abhishek is finally settling into his role.
It crackles with promise in its early episodes. Written by Chandan Kumar and directed by Deepak Kumar Mishra, the series quickly sets up its principal characters and solidly establishes their personalities and their personal dynamic. The strong foundation helps when the rest of the episodes prove to be of varying quality. Panchayat is often so light that it slips out of grasp, but the characters are lovable, the cast is excellent, and the gentle humour lands firmly home. Eight episodes whiz by before you realise it.
There is a plethora of genuine laughs this web series offers all through its episodes, but just as many notions of rural quirkiness untouched by the progressivism, Abhishek believed might have changed the hinterland he’s going to work at. The supporting cast is the real treat for the screen and every eye that goes on it. Vikas (Chandan Roy) and Prahlad (Faisal Mallik) deserve special mention as the accomplices to an anxiety-perplexed Abhishek and always-talk-of-the-village Brij Bhushan Pandey (given latter’s Pati Pradhan stature). Neena Gupta is flawless as a trodden Manju Devi, and Jitender Kumar’s TVF gigs dwarf down in front of this effortlessly excellent portrayal of Panchayat Sachiv of Phulera village.
One line which perfectly defines the new webseries is, ‘When the right talent blends with a perfect story, the display of a whole-hearted entertainment becomes imminent’. Go ahead and watch Panchayat! It’s exactly the kind of moonlight we need in such hardy-shady times of a pandemic and lockdown. It’s a must watch for all those who love to see the real India in all its glory. Also, rated 9+ and liked by 80% of the people, we suggest you to watch this web series and enjoy the fun ride!