Paatal Lok is a Case Study About How Society is ‘Othering’ the Weak and Less Resourceful

“I can’t decide you, should you do not decide me,” says a personality to a different in Amazon Prime Video’s newest providing Paatal Lok. Sadly, if it had been that easy to grasp and adapt, many of the exhibits being made at this time in India or internationally wouldn’t be overtly replete with social messages and world would have been a utopia.

Advantage of Paatal Lok is that the majority of its characters draw some or all of their traits from the ‘netherworld’. Jaideep Ahlawat, who performs a cop named Hathi Ram Chaudhry, makes it very clear that the story will deal with ‘scums’ of the world. Because the drama steadily unfolds, we discover out that in coping with a criminal offense scene, the narrative can be giving us a unadorned and thorough view of the socio-political techniques. One which first identifies, then isolates and discriminates on the idea of faith, caste, intercourse, area of belonging, medical circumstances et al. It oppresses the ‘others’.

Islamophobia, gender fluidity, caste and non secular discrimination, violence in opposition to ladies, corruption, greed and deceit are recurring themes within the present however what it achieves via portrayal is the sensitisation of its viewers. 

Let’s check out a few of the situations and characters that assist Paatal Lok in channeling the defiance and sheer rage of these within the periphery.  

Tope Singh

Jagjeet Sandhu performs the character of Tope Singh. By way of Tope, we survey discriminatory practices prevalent in Punjab the place decrease caste has been exploited and violated. Tope refers to himself as ‘Manjhar,’ a time period of insolence he’s by no means in a position to disassociate from. He’s referred to as ‘paagal’ (mad) by his girlfriend as a result of he’s unstable. However what she is unaware of is the previous Tope is hiding from, one which is full of anguish, not only for him however for his group at massive.

Dolly Mehra 

Dolly is performed by Swastika Mukherjee. She suffers from medical anxiousness that requires her in want of fixed companionship. Her ever absent husband Sanjeev, performed by Neeraj Kabi, fails to romantically join together with her. This pushes Dolly to the verge of a breakdown, however she manages to bounce again by offering for a stray canine. On this, each Dolly and the canine grow to be the emotional help for one another that the world denied them.

Imran Ansari

Probably the most problematic state of affairs are confronted by Imran Ansari, a personality performed by Ishwak Singh. Whereas Ansari appears to be like away from the spiritual bigotry he faces inside the administration and from his associates, he does it for the bigger trigger. Throughout a scene, when Hathi Ram utters cuss phrases for the group in entrance of Ansari, he smilingly responds with “It labored, Sir.” 

In a method, he’s the ethical compass of your entire present. Regardless of being the ‘different’, Ansari isn’t one to let spiritual identification intervene with the case and safety of the individuals, and nation at massive.


Cheeni, performed by Mairembam Ronaldo Singh, is without doubt one of the groundbreaking characters in LGBTQ illustration in Indian exhibits and flicks. In being submissive, Cheeni lets us relate to her probably the most. What provides to her trigger is that in contrast to the caste, area or faith she was born into, it’s her pure gender, which she opts to not relate to.

Kabir M

Aasif Khan performs Kabir M. What does M stand for is why he’s tortured and killed. The uncertainty round his identification fuels individuals to make assumptions and finally deal with him just like the ‘different.’ His destiny is sealed proper from the start since he’s knowingly separated from his identification and that makes him a simple goal for anybody and everybody. He’s a Pakistani, a Madrasi and relying on who sees him, not even human.

Aside from these central characters, Paatal Lok tries to be subversive in its portrayal of victims in any respect factors. Because the oppressor and oppressed are principally shot underneath comparable tones and backdrops, it turns into unidentifiable who’s who, and eventually, everybody turns into the goal.

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