TVF’s Latest Web-Series ‘Kota’ Is One Of The Best Things On The Internet Right Now
As I finished watching the first episode of ‘Kota’, aptly named ‘Inventory’, I could feel my heart sink for the countless students who are forced into the ‘you’ve got to be an engineer’ ecosystem. TVF has delivered a powerful first episode with their impeccable insight into the life of an IIT-JEE aspirant.
Indigenous webseries have now become a part and parcel of OTT platforms. Every week, we are treated to a new Indian webseries which tries to tell you a story. In this practice of saturating the webspace with more and more content, OG market players, The Viral Fever (TVF), have lost out on novelty.
With the first episode of their new series, ‘Kota’, releasing on YouTube, I was excited to see what TVF had to offer. In a spectacular first episode, TVF gives us the perfect blend of beautiful cinematography and a well thought-out story in this masterful endeavour.
The fact that the episode is a monochromatic experience has been widely used in the lead-up to the series.
The black and white scenes do paint a picture of the lifelessness that plagues the milieu. It’s a fairly simply metaphor but it’s extremely effective.
Kota Factory revolves around the life of Vaibhav (Mayur More) a 16-year-old student who moves to Kota with hopes of clearing JEE and getting into an IIT. The series follows his life as he has to get in terms with his conditions while keeping up with his parents’ expectations.
While most characters from the show are fantastic, we need to mention ‘Jeetu Sir’, a popular teacher in the IIT circuit, and the auto-driver. While the driver provides the perfect set-up for Vaibhav’s story, Jeetu manages to be the only bright spot in a mechanical city.
Raghav Subbu has marshalled his troops well and this brilliant cohesion can be seen in the pilot episode. While the lighting is spot-on, tight editing makes ‘Kota’ a riveting watch. TVF has always made technically sound videos but ‘Kota’ is an example of how great they’ve gotten at the craft.
Here’s the first episode of ‘Kota’: