TVF's Kota Factory maintains a slow dramatic progress without hindering the colorless potrayal and facts of the life of an IIT aspirant in India.
Vaibhav Pandey (Mayur More) is a true IIT-JEE aspirant but is a late entrant in Kota which is famous for ‘manufacturing engineers’ in India. Through the black and white lens, TVF’s Kota Factory tries us to show the mundane and colorless life of IIT-JEE aspirant but in the end, the colorless lens becomes colorful, hinting that the B&W tone was just to show the emotional arc of the protagonist I.e. Vaibhav as a product of the atmosphere in Kota. Where problems range from constipation to inorganic chemistry and happiness comes through rejuvenating breaks in small packages. It comments on the academic culture of India and how in India everyone is so busy in competition and race of becoming a good student for getting admission in IIT institutes, that they often forget to cherish the small moments happening in their life.
The show is an addition to the long chain of movies and shows like 3 Idiots, Laakhon Mein Ek which comment on the academic culture of India and how a person who is just a misfit for this culture survives in the environment. Vaibhav is like the middle path between the two extremes, he is neither carefree like Uday (Alam Khan) nor he is as serious as Meena (Ranjan Raj) is, who comes through quota reservation and knows the value of studies and how much getting admission in IIT is important in India. Coincidentally the actor who plays the role of Uday I.e. Alam Khan was also the carefree accomplice of the protagonist in Laakhon Mein Ek. Like Captain Cool Dhoni acts as a guide for the confused real captain Virat Kohli in Indian Cricket team similarly Jeetu Bhaiya (Jitendra Kumar) acts as a calm and composed guide for Vaibhav and helps him in matters related to studies as well as life and body problems like constipation. He is like a Messiah or as mentioned by Meenal (Urvi Singh)"the agony aunt " for the students who are living in Kota without parents. Also, there is a rising love affair between Vaibhav and a non-institutionalized student in the school I.e, Vartika (Revathi Pillai) which finds its sweetness in the innocent dialogues and in those little moments where Vaibhav completely studies a topic , he never started studying only so he could solve problems with Vartika together and how even after completing their class XI syllabus, they both suggest to complete the syllabus of class XII so that they stay in touch and continue making strong chemistry between them.
Strong and genuine performances by every actor really sets the perfect atmosphere for the show but the real wealth of the show is its writing by Abhishek Yadav, Saurabh Khanna and Sandeep Jain where each episode has an impactful dialogue like the first episode where rickshaw driver who rubbishes facts about Kota and calls it a Jurassic Park or the second episode in which Jeetu Bhaiya gives a monologue about how one must prepare themselves to live in Kota before preparing for IIT at Kota and how in 21 days we can conquer any problem in Kota. Third episode contains an interesting and strong monologue about "exceptions in inorganic chemistry "whereas episode 4 dialogues serves as a comic relief in which conversation between Meena and Meenal like “Papa ne kaha doctors itne emotional nahi ho sakte, toh phir engineering” to which Meena replies “Ap bhi emotional ho?” The fifth and the last episode of this season ends on a very mature note where dialogues like “ Parents ke decision galat ho sakte hai, niyat nahi” and the whole monologue by Uday or the goodbye dialogue by Meena “ Waise bhi kabhi kabar milne aur saath rehne mein fark hota hai yaar, dosti koi revision thodi hai jo karni hi hai” really makes you emotional. And the spectacular cinematography including top angle drone shots showing Kota’s topography hints how these students are so small in the big prison called Kota. Background music like “Main Bola Hey” acts as an icing on the cake.
Overall, this is TVF’s best dramatic show after Pitchers and is a must watch.
Acting - 4 / 5.
Direction - 4 / 5.
Script - 4 / 5.
Cinematography - 4 / 5.
Music - 3.5 / 5.
FINAL VERDICT - 4 / 5.
A must watch.