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Web Series Review: KOTA FACTORY: SEASON 3 rests on powerful performances, a relatable plot and some memorable moments

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Star Cast: Jitendra Kumar, Mayur More, Ranjan Raj, Ahsaas Channa, Alam Khan, Revathi Pillai

Web Series Review: KOTA FACTORY: SEASON 3 rests on powerful performances, a relatable plot and some memorable moments

Director: Pratish Mehta

KOTA FACTORY: SEASON 3 is the story of a group of students attempting a difficult exam. After the events of Season 2, Vaibhav Pandey (Mayur More), Balmukund Meena (Ranjan Raj), Uday Gupta (Alam Khan) and Vartika Ratawal (Revathi Pillai), who are now in Class 12, start preparing for the JEE exams. Jeetu Bhaiya (Jitendra Kumar) is shattered by the suicide of Vernali (Abhaya Sharma). He's depressed and takes a break from his institute, AIMERS. He soon resumes work and also starts taking therapy from Dr Sudha Vyas (Sohaila Kapur). Yet, Jeetu Bhaiya finds it difficult to cope with everyday work and stress. His students are shocked when they see him lose his temper. On the other hand, Vaibhav, Meena and Uday are struggling to improve their performance and are under tremendous pressure. Uday's girlfriend Shivangi Ranawat (Ahsaas Channa), is also stressed out over her preparations for NEET. What happens next forms the rest of the series.

Kota Factory: Season 3 Story Review:
Puneet Batra, Pravin Yadav, Manish Chandwani and Nikita Lalwani's story is informative as well as entertaining. Puneet Batra, Pravin Yadav, Manish Chandwani and Nikita Lalwani's screenplay is captivating and breezy. However, this time, the episodes seem a bit stretched. Puneet Batra, Pravin Yadav, Manish Chandwani and Nikita Lalwani's dialogues are one of the USPs of the show. The one-liners are motivating as well as quite funny in places.

Pratish Mehta's direction is uncomplicated and does justice to the setup and treatment by Raghav Subbu in the first two seasons. Also, it's not easy to execute a series in black-and-white and the director comes out with flying colours. The writing is top-notch and that further aids Pratish in giving his best. A few moments stand out like the friction between Vaibhav and Vartika, Meena facing financial pressure, Vaibhav's monologue, Pooja Didi's (Tillotama Shome) speech in the hospital, etc. One track, however, that stands out is Jeetu Bhaiya's bout with depression. The man, who supports one and all, is now in need of a helping hand. This aspect makes the character more humane and relatable. The last episode is almost an hour long but has humour, nail-biting moments and also scenes that would make viewers teary-eyed.

On the flipside, certain important aspects of the show are missing in this season. Maheshwari Class, for example, and its head honcho is not shown or even remembered at all. Meena Parekh (Urvi Singh) is not given much prominence. In fact, even Shivangi gets a raw deal and a crucial development about her life is skipped in the finale. Moreover, it’s not entirely convincing that Jeetu Bhaiya was so deeply affected by the death of Vernali. It’s understandable that he gets too involved in the lives of his students but he was never that close to her either. Also, it’s a sad reality that suicides happen at an alarming rate in Kota and the way things unfold, it seems like Jeetu Bhaiya came across the first such instance in his life. The length also could have been curtailed.

Kota Factory: Season 3 Performances:
Jitendra Kumar yet again hits the ball out of the park. It’s interesting that this time, Jeetu Bhaiya tends to lose his temper and yet, his act doesn’t seem similar to the one he played in PANCHAYAT. His role is beautifully fleshed out and he does a very good job. Mayur More, Ranjan Raj and Alam Khan continue with their great work. Mayur deserves a special mention for his monologue; it’s truly clapworthy and also exposes how the system literally tortures students. Ahsaas Channa puts up a confident act and lights up a scene with her presence. Revathi Pillai is dependable. Tillotama Shome is a great addition to the cast and is first-rate. Rajesh Kumar (Gagan Rastogi) impresses with his dialogue delivery and effortless acting. Sohaila Kapur, Satvik Bhatia (Minku) and Vinay Jain (Manvendra Chauhan; education ministry official) leave a mark. Sucheeta Trivedi (Uday's mother) makes her presence felt and is aptly cast. Naveen Kasturia (Dhruv) and Jyoti Gauba (Vaibhav's mother) do well in cameos. Urvi Singh is wasted.

Kota Factory: Season 3 music and other technical aspects:
Songs fail to register. The only song that works is 'Main Lad Lunga' by Amit Trivedi. Arpit Mehta and Simran Hora's background score enhances the impact. It was hardly there in Season 1 but this time, the BGM is played regularly and effectively.

Shreedutta Namjoshi's cinematography is neat and also stylish in some scenes. The drone shots are fantastic. Kevin Mathews Koshu's costumes are straight out of life. Vikrant Shahi and Mayur Mulam's production design is realistic; the locations add to the authenticity. Prashanth Ramchandran's editing could have been slicker.

Kota Factory: Season 3 Conclusion:
On the whole, KOTA FACTORY: SEASON 3 rests on powerful performances, a relatable plot, some memorable moments and a climax that would leave viewers teary-eyed. It is sure to amass a huge viewership due to the popularity of the series and that of Jitendra Kumar.

Rating – 3.5 stars


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