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'Panchayat' review: This amusing Amazon Prime series is what you need to beat the blues

'Panchayat' review: This amusing Amazon Prime series is what you need to beat the blues

OTTWhen he finds no other jobs, Abhishek takes up a government job as the secretary of a village panchayat in Uttar Pradesh.Saraswati DatarPanchayat’s one-line premise; a lone urban man in an unfamiliar rural surrounding is pretty much the gist of English August by Upamanyu Chatterjee that had its uninterested public servant Agastya Sen struggle in his post as a civil servant in rural India. But perhaps since Panchayat, now streaming on Amazon Prime, is created by The Viral Fever (Tvf), it tells a similar story, but replaces substance abuse and masturbation with humour and pathos in equal doses. When he finds no other jobs and just sitting at home is too shameful, Abhishek Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar) takes up a government job as the secretary or Sachiv as the villagers call him, of the Phullera village panchayat in Uttar Pradesh. The salary is meagre, and the vagaries of village life are overwhelming.

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