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TVF Aspirants is a web series that premiered on TVF Play and YouTube in April 2021. Created by Arunabh Kumar, the series follows the story of three friends who are preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination. The series has received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of the struggles faced by aspirants preparing for the toughest examination in the country.
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The series opens with Abhilash Sharma (played by Naveen Kasturia) arriving in Delhi to start his UPSC preparation. He meets his old college friend Guri (played by Shivankit Singh Parihar) who is also preparing for the same exam. They soon befriend another aspirant, SK (played by Abhilash Thapliyal). The three of them live in different rented rooms in Old Rajinder Nagar, which is known as the hub of UPSC coaching institutes.
The series explores the challenges and obstacles that the aspirants face on their journey towards the coveted IAS (Indian Administrative Service) position. The show effectively captures the competitive nature of the exam and the pressure that aspirants face to succeed. The show also highlights the emotional toll that the preparation takes on the aspirants and their families.
One of the strongest aspects of the series is the performance of the actors. Naveen Kasturia delivers an excellent performance as Abhilash, the lead character who is dealing with personal issues along with the pressure of the UPSC exam. Shivankit Singh Parihar and Abhilash Thapliyal were equally impressive as Guri and SK. Sunny Hinduja delivers a stellar performance as Sandeep Bhaiya, the aspiring IAS officer who is struggling to balance his personal life with his UPSC preparation.
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The writing of the series is also top-notch. The show manages to strike a perfect balance between humour and drama, making it a thoroughly engaging watch. The dialogues are realistic and relatable, capturing the essence of the struggles of the aspirants. The show also highlights the importance of mental health and the need for support systems for aspirants who are preparing for the UPSC exam.
The cinematography of the series is also noteworthy. The show captures the chaos and vibrancy of Old Rajinder Nagar, the hub of UPSC coaching institutes in Delhi. The camera work effectively captures the emotions of the characters, adding to the impact of the story.
The series also explores the themes of friendship and loyalty. The bond between the three friends is tested several times, but they remain committed to supporting each other through thick and thin. The show also explores the themes of identity, discrimination, and privilege, highlighting the challenges faced by aspirants from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Overall, TVF Aspirants is a must-watch for anyone who has ever aspired to clear the UPSC exam. The show is an authentic portrayal of the struggles and obstacles faced by aspirants, making it a relatable watch. The performances, writing, and cinematography of the show are all top-notch, making it one of the best web series to come out in recent times.
Season- 1 (All Episodes)
Season- 2 (All Episodes)
- Naveen Kasturia as Abhilash Sharma
- Shivankit Singh Parihar as Gurpreet Singh (Guri)
- Abhilash Thapliyal as Shwet Ketu Jha aka (SK)
- Sunny Hinduja as Sandeep ‘Bhaiya’ Singh Ohlan
- Namita Dubey as Dhairya (Mrs Guri)
- Kuljeet Singh as Walia Uncle
- Bijou Thaangjam as Pema Rijiju
- Neetu Jhanjhi as Walia Aunty
- Nupur Nagpal as Pragati
- Abhishekh Sonpaliya as Abhilash’s PA
- Darius Chinoy as Abhilash’s boss
- Preeti Agarwal Mehta as Anuradha Tiwari IAS (commissioner Kumaon)
- Sandeep Sharma as Manohar Prakash Sir
- Jaspal Sharma as S. Chandrakant (Account head)
- Salim Siddiqui as Xen Officer