“Jiska yaha aake bhi nahi hua, uska toh kabhi hona hi nahi tha”
Engineering and medical studies have been two of the most prominent career choices in India ever since independence. Parents consider it a matter of pride if their child gets admission in a medical or engineering college. Everyone knows about the privilege one gets after being an engineer or doctor, but little do they know about the journey of students who strive hard to make it to these colleges. Kota Factory talks about this journey.
Kota Factory is India’s first ever black and white web series by TVF that depicts the colorless and boring life of thousands of students that reach Kota (also known as the coaching hub of India) every year to crack medical and engineering entrance exams. Vaibhav is one such student.
Vaibhav reaches Kota to get an entry into the best coaching institute Maheshwari, but is unsuccessful in doing so despite scoring 90% marks in the 10th standard. His father is left with no other option than to get him a seat in a lesser prestigious institute named Prodigy. Vaibhav gets admission in the A10 batch (which is considered the least priority for teachers) because he is late. However, the manager of Prodigy convinces him that he has a chance to reach the upper batch by clearing the upcoming reshuffling tests.
Now the question is whether Vaibhav would be able to crack reshuffling tests and reach A1 batch? More importantly, Would he be able to crack IIT? Kota Factory does not stress upon the answers to these questions. It talks less about problems and more about solutions. It also emphasizes the importance of good friends and supportive teachers.
The best thing about Kota Factory is that it is less of drama and more of reality. The characters seem lifelike which makes it really relatable. The casting is picture-perfect and every character successfully steals the heart of the audience. Original songs like “Mai Bola Hey!”, “Mohabbat Zindabad” and “Yaaron” are beautifully composed and are gaining popularity.
Mayur More as Vaibhav is the protagonist. He is brilliant and highly relatable. He is a head-in-the-clouds IIT aspirant, but he is also a bundle of nerves and sometimes his anxiety is enough to trigger yours. Ranjan Raj as Meena is an extremely simple, yet endearing character. He is docile and has child-like innocence. His performance is commendable. Alam Khan as Uday is decent and has his own moments.
Jitendra Kumar as Jeetu Bhaiyya is the ideal teacher and his performance will leave you spell-bound. He seems like a ray of hope in the gloominess of Kota “Factory”. He is the self-proclaimed ‘agony aunt’ who resolves any glitches that the students face. His character makes an extraordinary place in the hearts of the audience.
Raghav Subbu’s direction is amazing. There are moments in the series when the direction makes you think about the extreme level of creativity that has been shown on-screen. He deserves compliments for all his hard work. Writers Saurabh Khanna, Abhishek Yadav, Himanshu Chouhan, and Sandeep Jain have done a splendid job.
Kota Factory is genuinely worth a watch. It is emerging as one of the best Indian web shows ever. If you haven’t watched Kota Factory yet, go now and binge watch!