Panchayat : a splash of cold water in the scorching heat

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I just switched off the TV after binge-watching season 2 of Panchayat. I am in such a different emotional space right now. In the abundance of content out there today, watching Panchayat was like a splash of cold water in the scorching heat. I remember binging season 1 during the first lockdown in 2020 and eagerly waiting to meet everyone in the Fulera village again soon.

The OTT platforms are a blessing for creative folks and now we can see there is so much treasure out there which was waiting to see the light of the day. After getting a taste of Hollywood, French, German cinema, regional Indian cinema, Korean dramas, over the past decade, I could rarely enjoy Bollywood for obvious reasons (I think I know you know what I mean) But I am so glad to find such rare gems in Hindi OTT.

Panchayat is a story of a city guy who lands a job in the Panchayat office in a small village named Fulera and the episodes revolve around a small and beautiful storyline of simple events in the village. The actors have done a phenomenal job and the casting is so spot on. The cherry on the top is the melliflous title track by Anurag Saikia which has no lyrics and just a wholesome tune which goes straight to the heart. The intense turn in the end of season 2 was so heartwarming. When all the elements of writing, storyline, characters, background score, cinematography fall in perfect place, something mesmerizing like Panchayat happens. Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav amongst all fine actors are a treat to watch as always.

If you haven’t already, please do watch this precious piece of art currently streaming on Amazon Prime, I am sure you will not regret. If you have seen both the seasons, would love to know your thoughts in the comments.

Hope you like my honest attempt at singing the gorgeous title track

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