by Joginder Tuteja
With great reputation comes great responsibility. The makers of Kota Factory must have really felt that when they decided to bring the second season of one of the most loved web series ever in India. There’s a certain relatability factor about this young affair that struck a chord with everyone at the unveiling of the first season. Now that the second season has arrived on Netflix, it has garnered an even bigger reach for itself, and has become a pretty impressive affair all over again.
While there are many young actors who have continued from the first to the second season, Jitendra Kumar has once again shown why he is irreplaceable as ‘Jeetu Bhaiya’. Adorable, and someone who looks exactly like the character he is playing, the actor has excelled yet again. As far as core content is concerned, it follows the ethos that quota factory implies, hence carrying on the legacy.
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It is going to be an exciting week in the OTT space as three different stories are being told at the same time. Yeh Hai Shiddat, Ek Thi Begum 2 and Breakpoint.
Shiddat is a Netflix release and comes from the house of Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films which recently came up with Mimi. The Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi starrer remains one of the most loved films of 2021 and now with Sunny Kaushal and Radhika Madan coming together for Shiddat, expect a classy story yet again. The promo of this Kunal Deshmukh film depicts an intense love story with music playing a major role in taking the story forward. Originally designed for theatrical release, Shiddat is being promoted quite well.
Another release of the week is the web series Ek Thi Begum 2 on MX Player. The first season was a Hindi-Marathi affair set in the underworld of the 80s where a woman witnessed India’s biggest gangster in the past four decades. An adult affair, blatant liberal use of profanity and the kind of violence that is not for everyone, it reached well into the people who like to consume this kind of entertainment. Now, Anuja Sathe is back as the lead heroine in S2 and expects a drama that is more serious and edgy.
For those who dig the docudrama, there is Breakpoint on ZEE5 which tells the real life story of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. A handful of tennis players won several championships during their peak but then something went wrong, followed by a fall, and then a final ‘breakpoint’. Now a documentary film has been made on the turn of events from his life, and what makes it special is the wife-husband team of Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. [Bareilly Ki Barfi, Panga] and Nitesh Tiwari [Dangal, Chhichhore] Directing it.
Ek Thi Begum 2 – MX Player – 30 September
Shiddat – Netflix – October 1
Breakpoint – ZEE5 – 1 October
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