Hostel Daze (Season 2)
This is probably the biggest weekend of the month with almost 8 to 9 new releases. And so I will have to work overtime to get to all of them, but I promise it will be worth it. With that lets get to the first one, I have just finished watching the season 2 of Hostel Daze on Amazon Prime. Coming from the production house of TVF who are pioneers of relatable content. But right from season one, this was unlike other TVF shows in many ways than one. It had an edgy premise, a far cry from the hostel life depicted in Hindi Films. But at the core of it, it did have that nostalgia associated with it. Well, does season 2 manage to impress, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
The season 2 of Hostel Daze takes us into the second year of graduation of our fellow protagonists where suddenly they gave become seniors to the new batch that has arrived. The story is edgy like the first season but again it has a feeling of nostalgia associated with it. The screenplay is quite well written. This is one series from TVF which has the most sexual content in terms of graphics and vocabulary that might just put a few people off. However, it did not bother me much to be honest. Firstly, the screenplay is watertight as there are only episodes of 30 minutes each. Secondly, there are several scenes which are so hilarious that you will find yourself laughing more often than not. On the downside, things are slightly repetitive and at times the drama does drag a bit. Probably slightly better writing and execution was the need of the hour. Personally, season 1 was better in terms of writing as the story progressed, here the writing is good but it does not elevate beyond the what is written. But on the positive side, the nostalgia is explored nicely and another interesting aspect of the screenplay(which was also evident in season 1) was that several TVF regulars, often did break the fourth wall to interact with the audience which in this case was fun to watch! Overall, a well penned screenplay, a little different from the usual TVF space.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues filled with expletives are just hilarious. The quirky one-liners are absolutely nailed and they make for a great viewing. The music is excellent and the BGM perfectly signifies the mood of the drama. The series is also shot aesthetically. Directors Amir Musanna and Sangram Naiksatam have done a pretty good job keeping the TVF culture intact and also experimenting with a genre that seemed all rosy until this series was first out in December 2019(season 1).
The performances are excellent. Krutika Deo as Unnati, Arushi Chawla as Charu and Sahil Verma as Rakhi are excellent in cameos. Ahsaas Channa as Akanksha is really at ease and is just a pleasure watching her always. Ayushi Gupta as Nabomita has several moments particularly in the first episode to shine and she comes out on top. Luv Vispute as Chirag is such an affable character almost like misfit in the crowd and it is this quality that makes him stand apart. And the way in which he mouths his dialogue – I cracked up almost everytime. Nikhil Vijay as Jhantoo has impeccable comic timing and he does an excellent job here which his hilarious one-liners filled with expletives. Shubham Gaur as Jaat is outstanding. We all know his impeccable comic timing pretty evident on the mens xp channel but here again he is pretty good. Adarsh Gourav as Ankit yet again shows that he can easily transform in any role easily. He is truely a star in the making, here he is wonderfully restrained and there is no effort whatsoever in his acting. He looks assured throughout.
The season 2 of Hostel Daze has an edgy flavour of Nostalgia that will keep you invested throughout. Available on Amazon Prime.