This sequel came a bit too soon, but nobody’s complaining. MX Player has launched the second season of Thinkistan, this time titled Kiska Hoga Thinkistan. The series is based in a 90s India and in the advertising world. Here’s our complete review of the web series, Kiska Hoga Thinkistan.
In the second season, all the characters return, and the story’s no longer only about Hema and Amit, the newest employees of one of the most prestigious advertisement agencies in Mumbai, MTMC. Now, the story arcs flow and emerge into something much bigger. There’s a new business head, who’s doing what every advertisement professional has seen – steals ideas, plays office politics, so on and so forth. Things come to a head with Hema realises that a married life is not for him. Then again, Amit is growing in his professional life, but the cost he must pay for this isn’t a good bargain.
What’s wow : Thinkstan still retains the coolness factor of showing how people might have come up with ideas and slogans that have become parlance for the Indian pop culture. Unwittingly, Thinkistan also paints a thought provoking picture of how Indian society has grown since a decade. The first season, based in the eighties, was a quirky, fun place to connect with warm characters.
The second season is based in late nineties. The creators painstakingly bring in everything that India revealed about itself in this decade – immorality, hedonism, and the general death of the ‘good times’. The series still has the ‘oh cool’ aspect of giving fictional, but fascinating accounts of how advertising agencies might have pitched advertisements that have become part and parcel of a collective Indian mindset today.
Kiska Hoga Thinkistan is bold writing. That the streaming platforms have given writers so much confidence that they can forebode a story arc that hasn’t even begun until the second last episode speaks of the confidence the writers have for the series.
What’s Blah : Kiska Hoga Thinkistan is one of those rare Indian series that wants to crunch personal as well as professional relationships. It did a good job in the first season, settling in the relation dynamics. In the second season, however, the scenes depicting personal relations are a bit long and could do with a snip here and there.
Parting Shot : Kiska Ho Thinkistan boldly marries of professional and personal lives of its characters.
Watch the trailer here :