Soon Amazon Prime Original series Paatal Lok is going to be aired on the platform. It is a series that has been produced by Pari actress Anushka Sharma under the banner of Clean Slate Films. North India is chosen as the backdrop of the show. In this web series, lead will be played Jaideep Ahlawat, Abhishek Banerjee and Neeraj Kabi. Shooting of the web series has been done mostly in Delhi and UP.
Regarding choice of North India as the backdrop, showrunner Sudip Sharma has said “One of the main reasons why the story is set up in Delhi, Punjab and Chitrakoot is because I am very familiar with these places. I spent a lot of my time in Delhi and Punjab, Bundelkhand and UP, for the research I did for my previous work. Another reason to set up the plot in Delhi was that it’s the apex of the Indian political scene and where the power lies. Also, most media channels operate out of Delhi.”
Later on, she has added “Another reason to consider Delhi was because of its location: it has the feel of a frontier town bordering to certain parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. These were aspects that we considered mainly because of what it is surrounded by and the representation in terms of power and national setting. Additionally, we wanted to keep this show as authentic as possible; it demanded us to go to locations such as Chitrakoot and Punjab for the landscape.”
For Pataal Lok, shooting has been done for the first time in Chitrakoot. Regarding the location, Sudip has added “This is the first time any film, or series has been shot in Chitrakoot. When we had initially visited Chitrakoot for a scout, we weren’t aware of the terrain and the lack of infrastructure. We had to build the entire shooting eco-system from scratch. Luckily for us, a hotel had recently opened there, and that helped us a lot. The town is almost like a quaint forgotten town, something like Banaras but without the hustle and bustle.”