Caste, Class and Populist Political Anxieties in 'Paatal Lok'

The Wire reports:
Paatal Lok (Netherworld), the newly popular web-series on Prime Video, falls within the new waves of neo-noir Hindi series and movies that invoke the idea of socio-political matrices of the hinterland of Bharat and its complex connection with urban India. 'Bharat', as pointed out by a vernacular journalist character in the movie, is different from urban India that the English media revolves around. And urban India, as the central character Hathiram Chaudhary (Jaideep Ahlawat) explains to his junior colleague in the very beginning of the series, is characterised by different class-space matrices of crime.
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