Laakhon Mein Ek
Laakhon Mein Ek is an Amazon original youth-oriented show trying to tell an already attempted story but from a perspective left untouched. This comes as a surprise as it is written and created by Biswa Kalyan Rath, one of India’s leading stand-up comedians.
So, here’s the gist of it – Aakash has just finished school and is planning to study commerce with his friends in Raipur. His father though has different plans for him and send him to an IIT coaching institute, Genius Infinity, far away from Raipur. He soon realises other students are ahead of him and that he’s a misfit there. He develops a friendship with his roommates and a rivalry with the class topper. Aakash is desperate to move up the ladder and when he’s unable to do so, resorts to cheating and starts getting pulled into the abyss.
This show is an unpretentious dark tale of a student’s life, who’s thrown away in a hostel, burdened with his father’s dreams. There is bullying, cheating, friendship, emotion, discrimination, rivalry, and probably everything that a student goes through. The serious tone of the show might leave you in despair but the show has enough drama to keep you glued to your couch and be entertained.
The screenplay is nicely penned with not so deep characters. Cinematography and editing are fine and the sound design is very neat. The performances are compelling and that’s what majorly drives the show. The inner conflict Aakash fights are convincing and the bond he starts developing with his friends could get you emotionally invested, too.
Laakhon Mein Ek starts a little slow, and rapidly picks up its pace, but ends in a rather convoluted manner. You can call it an open ending, subject to your own interpretation, but it does seem like a sharp decline. You may feel it was a little short-lived but is a nice binge watch overall.
Watch the trailer here
Rating – ***