Season 2 of Kota Factory is a popular but controversial Netflix show that leaves you wondering what all the excitement is about.
The immensely famous TVF series Kota Factor season 2 is likewise problematic, as it lacks the critical understanding into the dismal realities of professional coaching institutes and is naively nostalgic for a poisonous society.
Season 2 of Kota Factory
Raghav Subbu is the director.
Mayur More, Jitendra Kumar, Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, and Ahsaas Channa are among the cast members.
You constantly wonder what promising breakout filmmakers could accomplish if they had more money.
However, aside from the burdensome contracts and possibly a more tightly controlled set, the switch to Netflix appears to have done little for the Kota Factory founders.
The show, now stamped with the Netflix ‘tudum,’ has returned with a new batch of five episodes that is actually inferior to the first.
After a mildly interesting first season that was nowhere near as good as what the YouTube views would indicate, the show, now stamped with the Netflix ‘tudum,’ has returned with a new batch of five episodes that is actually inferior to the first.
Season one has a sloppy indie vibe about it.
It did the best it could with what it had and produced an entertaining storey about IIT candidates in Kota, Rajasthan — a sort of incubator that lures youths from all over the nation for its ‘mahaul’ and also contains billion-dollar coaching institutes.
Here’s the link to the Kota Factory season 2 trailer:
Kota Factory is a refreshingly (and even irresponsibly) genuine look at the insular society of students who sacrifice their childhoods and devote the prime of their lives to ‘cracking’ one of India’s most difficult competitive exams.
Securing a spot at the top school would effectively make them one-percenters in a country where respect is directly proportionate to one’s qualifications.
Kota Factory is oddly unambitious for a programme about people who want to be world leaders in the future.
The writers’ decision to devote not one, but two episodes in the second season to bodily fluids startled me the most.
While Vaibhav is suffering from mid-term jaundice, his friend Meena learns the joys of self-satisfaction.
While one plotline is played for humour (no prizes for guessing which one), the other allows Kota Factory to embrace schmaltz in a way it has never done before.
But, for some reason — perhaps because the title contains the term ‘factory’ — I was expecting this show to be more critical, or at the very least a little self-aware of the absurdity of the situation.
This is a foreign world to me, and I imagine it is to the majority of the population of this country.
I found it easier to acclimate to Pandora’s fantastical world than to the cult-like environment that Kota Factory depicts.
My heart fell every time the words “inorganic” or “DPP” were used.
A scene from season 2 of Kota Factory
The show is undeniably true, but it fails to address the real-world consequences of the society it (problematically) romanticises.
When Vaibhav and the crew get together for some antics, Kota Factory doesn’t need an excuse to play the same background song about friendship.
It’s understandable to approach a storey about college with a “best days of our lives” mentality, but the terrible undercurrent of what happens in cities like Kota is largely disregarded.
And when the show eventually acknowledges the awful truth of ‘taiyyari’ on this level, it’s too late, and it comes off as slightly fraudulent, precisely because the show had been purposefully ignorant about it all along.
It doesn’t help that Vaibhav isn’t the most likeable protagonist — just look at how he treats his mother and bullies his new friend Sushrut — but I’m guessing the programme isn’t aware of this.
He makes a few stray comments that reveal his inner sexist (and colorist), and the show doesn’t seem to mind, implying that it believes in them as well.
Despite the presence of multiple female characters in season two, the show lacks a clear female perspective.
Then there’s Jeetu Bhaiya (Jitendra Kumar), who serves as a Get Out of Jail Free card whenever the drama gets stuck in a plot rut.
Jeetu Bhaiya epitomises the vexing conflict with which Kota Factory seemed to be perpetually wrestling.
There isn’t an issue that Jeetu Bhaiya can’t fix by launching into a sermon, which is frequently in direct opposition to what he has previously stated.
He’s like a pastor who tells his audience that they don’t need to go to church any longer, which makes him instantly cool, but then directs them to pray a million times a day at home instead.
Jeetu Bhaiya, like the leader of some doomsday cult, is always ready with a store of empowering lectures that he utilises to condition his disciples.
But what he fails to convey to the children is that there is a world outside of IIT and exams.
Of course, he doesn’t have to. But how can Kota Factory attract to the bulk of viewers who have never dreamed of attending IIT and have little sympathy for those who do?
I started missing the shoehorned-in Unacademy advertising and the repeated drone shots from season one after a while — and this was before the very well-done season finale.
Vaibhav, Meena, and the rest of the expanding gang appear to be preparing for the admission tests that Vaibhav, Meena, and the rest of the gang will eventually have to take.
However, if it had been more daring, it would have focused more on the mundane and drudgery; the doubt and disillusionment.
Perhaps then it would have realised that hurling Jeetu Bhaiya at every issue isn’t the greatest option.