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In nine episodes, Amazon Prime’s Paatal Lok aka the underworld takes you to the under belly of India and back. The crime thriller has viewers hooked as it takes them around a maze where nothing is what it looks like.

The show has a good pace and delves into topics such as the
media industry, corruption, poverty, Islamophobia, class divide and the caste
system almost immediately.

The narrative revolves around a New Delhi cop, Hathi Ram Chaudhary (played by Jaideep Ahlwat), who has just landed the biggest case of his career: an assassination attempt on prime time journalist Sanjeev Mehra played by Neeraj Kabi (you might remember her as DCP Parulkar from Scared Games on Netflix).

View this post on Instagram talk of the town #PaatalLok A post shared by amazon prime video IN (@primevideoin) on May 16, 2020 at 9:34pm PDT

After catching the primary antagonist in the first episode, Chaudhary isn’t aware than the criminal mastermind is an infamous serial killer Hathoda Tyagi, named after his weapon of choice.

Early on in the show, Hathi Ram explains the concept of three realms to junior inspector Imran Ansari and the audience. There’s svarg (heaven), where the gods reside, in then in the middle there is dharti, where we live and then at the bottom there is paatal, which means hell.

“Waise toh yeh shastron mein likha tha, par maine WhatsApp
pe padha,” Hathi Ram quips in the web series.

In his search for answers and a man called Master Ji, Hathiram (yes, that is Shahid Khan from Gangs of Wassaypur) and his trusted lieutenant Ansari go to the Pataal Lok to discover shocking information about their suspects pasts.

View this post on Instagram #PaatalLok ki humari duniya ab aapki. Thank You @primevideoin @anushkasharma @kans26 #sudipsharma @manojmittra @saurabhma @avinasharun24fps @prositroy @nopi @jaideepahlawat @neerajkabi @gulpanag @swastikamukherjee13 @nowitsabhi A post shared by ɐɯɹɐɥS ɐʞɥsnu∀ (@anushkasharma) on May 17, 2020 at 5:10am PDT

The show is the first project of Bollywood star Anushka Sharma’s production house, Clean Slate Films and has received excellent reviews.

What ‘Success party’s’ look like in these times . PAATAL LOK streaming NOW on @PrimeVideoIN !! Had a blast with this incredible team of ours #KarneshSharma #SudipSharma @Jaiahlawat @prosit_roy #AvinashArun @manojmittra #SaurabhMalhotra @nowitsabhi #MukundGupta #RohitJayaswal pic.twitter.com/QB1ep6H5YI— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) May 15, 2020

View this post on Instagram Having watched the whole season of PAATAL LOK a while ago, I knew it’s a masterpiece of story telling, screenplay and tremendous acting. Now having seen how people loved it too, just confirmed how I saw the show . Proud of my love @anushkasharma for producing sucha gripping series and believing in her team along with our bhaiji @kans26 . Well done brother A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on May 15, 2020 at 11:10pm PDT

Viewer discretion is advised as the show does have a lot of violence and strong language.

Abdul Gh Lone