. This is not a spoiler. The word factory is in the title.. We are back in Indias, coaching capital, a town, fueled by competition, aspiration, desperation and kachoris.. Once again, the lives of teenagers toiling away at this sweatshop are rendered in monochrome., But the critique is leavened by deep bonds of friendship, slice of life, humour raging hormones, blossoming romance and, of course, the insistent and instant motivation provided by Jeetu Bhaiya. Who continues to be the worlds best Physics, teacher and agony, aunt rolled into one.? As leading man, Vaibhav says: baaki log, padhate, hain, yeh feel kara, dete, hain. And yet much has changed.. To begin with, Vaibhav is now a student of Maheshwari Classes. Kotas premium coaching institute a place that unceremoniously rejected him at the start of season. One. Maheshwari feels like the Death Star of the coaching ecosystem, imperious posh, cold and lorded over by Keshav Maheshwari played by a solid Sameer Saxena, who is Darth Vader without the mask.. In episode, 1 Keshav delivers a terrifying orientation speech, reminding students that the ITT entrance exam has a success rate of 0.44 percent. That it isnt just an exam, its a shot at a better life.. He says Aap SUV, drive, karenge, ya, sedan, ya, hatchback, yeh, sab, iss exam se decide hoga., And then he follows it up with. I strongly believe that there are only successful men in this world. The unsuccessful are not men. Fittingly. The orientation ends with the students taking an oath that is slightly creepy in its fascist overtones.

. They say that they will never take their eyes off the prize. Director and co runner. Raghav Subbu doesnt underplay the inherent horror of this., Starting with the opening and closing frames. The series underlines the claustrophobia and impossible pressure these kids endure.. This is a town in which even a pet parrot can rattle off chemistry because its master was mugging the subject all night. Kota is the meat grinder from Pink Floyds iconic song, Another Brick in the Wall. Kids fall into it and emerge as sausages. Individuality is stamped out.. Education is a race in which winning is everything.. Interestingly, in this season, Jeetu Bhaiya is also fighting his own battles. Kotas, very own, Yoda figure has taken a giant professional leap.. His problems showcase the competition not just among the students, but also the teachers. Education is a cut throat business in which each topper and each teacher, who can produce a topper impact. The bottom line. In one scene, Keshav Maheshwari, declares that his institute is worth 1. 6 billion dollars. Season. One of Kota Factory was written by Abhishek Yadav, Sandeep Jain and Saurabh Khanna, who is also the shows co, creator., Saurabh and Abhishek return for season two and are joined by Puneet Batra and Manoj Kalwani.. Thankfully, the writing team doesnt attempt to replicate the highlights of season. One like Vaibhavs, superb rant against inorganic chemistry., But they also arent able to create anything equally sparkling.. You remember that scene in which Vaibhav brings cake for his friends and one of them Meena assumes that it must be Vaibhavs birthday.

When he finds out that it isnt Meena, says Tum ameer log, kisi, bhi, din, cake, kha, lete, ho kya. Nothing in season 2 matches the comical sadness of that. The character. Arcs are a little flatter.. The issues, insecurity, large existential questions about IIT romantic crushes illness, burnout sexuality seem slightly more designed almost as though the narrative was retrofitted into the problem. Jeetu Bhaiyas motivational speeches veer dangerously close to being predictable. The female characters. Shivangi Vartika Meenal get more screen. Space. Shivangi played nicely by Ahsaas Channa continues to be the firebrand who voices what everyone else is feeling, But Vartika and Meenal have less depth.. In one episode Vaibhavs mother arrives. She is written as an all caring, loving, cooking clich. Jeetu Bhaiya tells Vaibhav that he can take his mother for granted, kyunki mummiyon ko bura wura nahi lagta., Which might be true for many mummies, but its still uncomfortably old school.. The dramatic progression wobbles and just when your interest starts to wane Raghav and the writers reel you back in with a terrific climactic episode 5, which takes place on result, day., Vaibhav Meena and the third bestie Uday flit through town taking in Kotas, result ka mahaul.. There is triumph and tragedy rendered in exquisite details like readymade posters, which are plastered all over town as ranks are declared. The kid who doesnt make it becomes. The backside. Theres the war room presided over by Keshav, in which teachers glued to computers shout out their victories.

. Its education as a blood sport., We also get the signature top angle drone shot. This time. Centerstage is occupied by a BMW which will be given to the number one ranker.. His better life has already begun.. What continues to propel the series is the seeming ordinariness of the leads.. These kids are the polar opposite of the buffed and polished teenagers. We see in Bollywood films like the Student of the Year franchise. An image of Vaibhav, Meena and Uday riding on a scooter together. Might echo 3 Idiots, but their world is far less sanitized.. The boys and girls of Kota Factory are awkward, clumsy confused and that is part of their charm. Mayur More as Vaibhav Ranjan Raj as Meena Alam Khan, as Uday and Revathi Pillai as Vartika Ratawal are absolute naturals., As is Jitendra Kumar, as Jeetu Bhaiya. Jitendra combines likeability With ease, there is no strain in his performance.. Ultimately, what makes the series so relatable and watchable is that it celebrates and locates the humanity in this ordinariness.. Despite the relentless grind of the factory joy camaraderie and sweetness seep through., I look forward to spending time in Kota again..