A young, aspirational man decides to relocate to a busy city in order to pursue a career in the civil service. His adventure, however, takes a surprising turn when he gets drawn into the complicated world of collegiate politics, power conflicts, and even criminal activity. The question of whether he will ultimately realise his desire of working for the government or if fate has other plans for him is explored in the series.
Tigmanshu Dhulia is well known for his aptitude for delving into complex topics like student politics and the dynamics of power. His films are renowned for their study of the subtleties within these spheres, illuminating the frequently cloudy political scene. Haasil (2003), one of his most well-known pieces, is an example of his skill in expressing the complexity of student politics. Following suit, this nine-part drama explores the complex power dynamics within a college and the lengths people will go to maintain their places. ‘Garmi’ is not a show that will appeal to everyone, especially those who prefer light amusement to the grim realities of drama and politics.
The series, which is set at Trivenipur University in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, centres on two rival factions vying for control of the campus. The feared Bindu Singh (Puneet Singh) leads one side, while Govind Maurya (Anurag Thakur), who wants to succeed him, leads the other. In the middle of this rivalry, Surbhi Gautam (Disha Thakur), a fellow student who has a passion for acting on stage, and Arvind Shukla (Vyom Yadav), a newcomer from a conservative home in the small village of Lalganj, discover themselves falling in love.
The story begins with a straight trajectory, but as it progresses, a sequence of circumstances propel Arvind into the perilous world of academic politics, creating a complicated script. The greatest problem is the principal character, who has ambiguous goals and objectives that make the audience wonder what drives him beyond his violent tendencies and brash personality. While Vyom Yadav gives a respectable performance, the character itself appears underdeveloped and lacks the conviction and depth needed to come across as a strong and opinionated person. The intertwined subplots about caste politics, the participation of political parties at the college, and other topics are also problematic because they become confusing and fall flat. Fortunately, sporadic narration and the drama playing out on screen help to some extent in understanding these complexities.
Surprisingly, the dialogue in “Garmi” is not as snappy or as powerful as one might expect from Dhulia’s flicks. The drama’s mood is genuine and realistic thanks in part to the language and general environment, nevertheless. The series’ title song, which is played repeatedly, proves to be intriguing and catchy. The same cannot be true, regrettably, of the narrative as a whole.
‘Garmi’ shows each character with nuance, in contrast to many political dramas that frequently pit virtue against evil. Vineet Kumar, Anurag Thakur, and Puneet Singh all put on amazing performances as Bairagi Baba. In contrast to Vyom Yadav, Jatin Goswami stands out for his portrayal of Mrityunjay Singh, a police officer.
In summary, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s series comes across as sincere, predictable, and occasionally unfunny. It may not appeal to all viewers because it finally feels like an overdone replica of his first movie as a writer-director, “Haasil.” Only if you have a particular interest in these genres do I advise you to watch it.