Paatal Lok is an Indian Hindi-language crime thriller web television series which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 15 May 2020. It is produced by Clean Slate Filmz, and stars Jaideep Ahlawat, Gul Panag, Neeraj Kabi, Swastika Mukherjee, Ishwak Singh, and Abhishek Banerjee. The teaser was released on 27 April while the trailer was out on 5 May. Loosely based on Tarun Tejpal’s 2010 novel The Story of My Assassins, the series is about a disillusioned cop who lands the case of an assassination attempt gone wrong. The HuffPost India and The Indian Express ranked Paatal Lok as the best Hindi Film/Series of 2020.
Plot: Inspector Hathi Ram Chaudhary is a washed out Delhi cop who has nothing interesting to look forward to in his less than ordinary career. But that is until the day a high profile case lands on his table, a case too big and important for his designation. The case turns into a dark mystery that leads inspector into a cynical, darker realm of underworld (Paatal Lok). Hathi Ram’s instinct tells him to investigate into the lives of the suspects. He discovers startling truths and insights that eventually help him rediscover his responsibilities as a cop, his place in life and the larger scheme of things itself.