" In the last episode a scene where Rakhi ( Sahil Verma ) tells how last-minute studies may not help you in understanding concepts but it may teach you how to handle pressure in your life really moves you. It is just a small, sharp scene that makes you think hard and hits your heart softly. Believe me, this is one of the smallest hard-hitting scenes present in the show."
Creator: Saurabh Khanna
Director: Raghav Subbu
Cast: Adarsh Gourav, LUV, Nikhil Vijay, Shubham Gaur, Ahsaas Channa
Streaming: Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime and TVF’s Hostel Daze is meticulous and gives you a great set of nostalgia in little and big things of the hostel. If you think Chhichhore gave a very entertaining take on the hostel life, Hostel Daze might make you rethink that because it is clearly the most entertaining show based on the hostel life of students till now. Four new students start their new life of engineering in a college in which you can either get admission by having a good JEE rank or coming from a rich family that can buy you a seat through donation.
There is Jhantoo (Nikhil Vijay) who has already build his rapport by hanging out with seniors for four years. While Rupesh Bhati ‘s (Shubham Gaur) accent mixed with the jokes and incidents of his village are enough to make you laugh out loud. Chirag Bansal (LUV) is intelligent, soft and clearly not suitable for the hooliganism in the hostel. The character at the center is Ankit Pandey (Adarsh Gourav) a weird but effective mix of Vaibhav from Kota Factory and Akash from Laakhon Mein Ek Season 1.
What makes this show more unique are the different narrators like the sweeper, Xerox shop owner, the chemistry teacher, the canteen owner, the security guard which often breaks the fourth wall and shares their old and professional experience about the life of kids in the hostel of engineering college. The authenticity of the show is the only factor that mesmerizes you and connects you. Ankit Pandey’s helpless, melancholic rants about his new life in the hostel from being scared to celebrate his birthday to feel the life of a common student who isn’t noticed by anybody takes you on an emotional turmoil.
In the last episode a scene where Rakhi ( Sahil Verma ) tells how last-minute studies may not help you in understanding concepts but it may teach you how to handle pressure in your life really moves you. It is just a small, sharp scene that makes you think hard and hits your heart softly. Believe me, this is one of the smallest hard-hitting scenes present in the show. Small supporting characters like Ravi Teja, Rakhi, Akansha or the seniors in the hostel have a little screen presence but they all have a killer set of scenes.
The indie music score and creative drone shots have become a signature step of any TVF production. The hilarious dialogues take your laugh-out sessions to another level this time. Shows like these help us connect with the life of ex-students who didn’t want to be a part of engineering or are the products of the failed education system in India.
Overall, Hostel Daze has a great spectrum of entertainment to offer with its unique narrative style and its clever, never used before, smart and observant plot certainly deserves a great applause.
FINAL VERDICT - 4 / 5.
A MUST WATCH.