Review: Kota Factory Season 2

  • Release Date: 24/09/2021
  • Platform: Netflix
  • Cast: MayurMore, Jitendra Kumar, Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Ahsaas Channa
  • Creator: Saurabh Khanna

The second season of Kota Factory picks up exactly where the first season had left off. Vaibhav (Mayur More) has finally joined Maheshwari Classes, the best IIT- JEE training institute in the country. He has also found a new companion in Sushrut (Vaibhav Thakkar) who is a lot less focused and smart than Meena (Ranjan Raj). Vaibhav is also not irritated by his mother’s constant calling these days. However, all his newfound enthusiasm is annihilated by the stark black and white reality of the IIT-JEE preparation hubris after he listens to the inauguration speech of the owner of the Maheshwari classes. His world suddenly turns black and white and he realizes that he not only has a long way to go before he could put his foot through the doors of an IIT but also has to put up with challenges ranging from incomprehensible teachers, a bout of jaundice, and an ever-increasing payload of self-doubt, confusion, and fear of not making the cut.   

It’s not just Vaibhav who has undergone changes and has matured. Meena, who was known for his exemplary focus in the first season, has suddenly realized that he is attracted more to Meenal (Urvi Singh) than Igor Irodov and H C Verma. Helpless and fighting with his own hormones, he retracts into a shell. It’s only after he gets life’s lesson and an inspirational speech from Jeetu Bhaiya (Jitendra Kumar) that he gets hold of his old self and tries to put up with whatever is cooking inside him.  

For the first time in the two seasons, Jeetu Bhaiya is not so sure of what he is doing. The prodigal trainer has resigned from Prodigy Classes and has decided to start his own coaching institute in Vigyan Nagar. While most of his existing students are brimming with enthusiasm for their teacher’s decision to finally come into his own, Jeetu realizes that there is more to running an institute than just being a good teacher. As he tries to convince parents and students into taking admission in his institute, he is pursued not only by the biggest of the players in the market who want him out of their way or in their sway but also by his fear of losing some of the students that he calls the scariest of his current crop of prodigies.

Vartika (Revathi Pillai) is in love with Vaibhav and after spending most of the first season in denial, finally accepts her love for Vaibhav and seals her feelings with a kiss. Vaibhav is on the seventh heaven after she expresses her love and is on a moral high equivalent to that of the Himalayas. Uday (Alam Khan) is the only character that remains almost the same as he was in the first season. He is not only dismissive of any efforts of his friends to speak some sense into him but is also enjoying even the day of the results as he has not even sat for a mock test. His carefree attitude depicts the psyche of an ever diminishing number of students of the Kota Factory who are not serious about what they are doing.

Kota factory Season 2 maintains exactly the same tempo and feels like the first season and pushes the story of the characters forward ensuring that at the end of it all, the characters have moved places and are at the cusp of breaking out into the final rundown with the actual entrance. Many will sight this season as one in which nothing much happens with the major characters apart from them aging and gaining some interesting life lessons and learning to stand up for what they believe in. While all this is true, one must remember that Kota Factory has always been about the character’s experiences and the beauty in the mundane. Season 2 is no different.

One of my favorite portions of the series is when Vaibhav suffers from jaundice and he calls in the artillery to aid his cause in the form of “mummy”. This portion is brief but is brimming with so much energy and warmth that anyone would be enamored by it. Meena’s struggle with his hormones and the plethora of advice and solutions that his friends rain down on him to solve his problem will also make anyone roll with laughter. The matter is rendered funnier by how sad and impugned Meena feels after taking the said advice. The romantic track between Vaibhav and Vartika feels organic and cute. The fact that it is dealt with a lot of maturity and subtlety only makes it that much more heartwarming.

Kota Factory Season 2 is not just about fluff, comedy, and warmth. This season dwells a lot into the darker aspects of the world of IIT- JEE preparations. We see what happens to students when they are unable to cope with the pressure of the JEE. This is wonderfully rendered through two characters. One of these characters can’t believe that he has cracked the JEE after doing so while the other takes a drastic decision that results in the series ending on a sad note. These two characters along with a few others are testimony to the huge toll that the exams take on the students. The series also documents the tension and pressure of the various institutions on the day of the results as their future and existence hang in the balance with the ranks that their prodigies secure in the entrance. All this is depicted with subtlety and organic realism.

Kota Factory Season 2 is similar in feel and offering to its predecessor. There is just one problem with that fact. The first season felt fresh, unbridled, and unique. This time around, we know exactly what to expect from the characters and the situations that the characters are in. Even the surprises and the tragedies can be predicted from a distance and that may not necessarily bode well for some of the viewers. There was also an issue with some characters being presented as important but then shunned unceremoniously somewhere between the narrative to concentrate on older characters that the makers evidently knew better to play with. This gives the series a jarring feeling and makes the audiences question the makers for making them invest time and attention for some characters that were not even developed enough to merit any importance by the end of the season.

Kota Factory Season 2 is still an immersive watch owing to the interpersonal drama and the relatable characters and situations. The series also gives us a window into a world that many people know little about and it is executed proficiently. The performances are good enough to hold on to our attention and make us feel every beat of the emotion that the series aims for. The time that you spend watching Kota Factory Season 2 will be time well spent.

Rating: 4/5 (4 out of 5 Stars)

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