Every adult clearly remembers their first week of college and their first exam in college like the back of their hand. Entering college after years of grovelling in school is a time that one seldom forgets owing to the freedom and responsibility that comes with growing up. Being thrust into the lawless jungle of college right after we’ve been conditioned to follow the rules in strict schools for more than twelve years comes as a shock to many. But college brings with it new opportunities and experiences. Our first crush, the stress of exams, acquisition of notes by bribing fellow classmates – these things along with a dollop of chaos and mischief make up the entirety of most of our college lives.
TVF’s College is a two-episode comedy that revolves around our naïve protagonist Prakash who is pulled from the exhibition cage of a school and dumped into the wilderness of a college. The episodes are marked by the running commentary of a first-person narrator, David Attenburaaahhh, who observes the gullible pack of students and makes astute remarks.
Episode 1: College Ka Pehla Hafta (The First Week of College)
‘Brace yourself as David Attenburaaahhh takes you through a newbie’s experience of the first week at a college. He observes the students’ as a pack animals and puts us through a running commentary and occasional truth bombs about their lives, emotions and what they go through in the first week of college.’ – TVF
In the first episode, David begins his commentary by mentioning some key points about the proceedings of newbie college students who are just experiencing the freedom of college. We are introduced to our plain protagonist whose first instinct is to look for friends. The class introduction, which is essential for these “Marksist” kids to judge each other all day, happens next punctuated with the gleeful commentary of David who leaves no stone unturned to make fun of the naiveté of these kids.
The witty remarks made by David at the expense of these gullible kids is something that needs a moment of appreciation as he weaves his obiter dictum with biological jargon, relegating these kids to a pack of animals that are laid bare to entertain us.
The first week of college is a goes by in a flurry with introductions, guys doing field research on all the cute girls from their class, boring ramp-walks in the fresher’s party, and talent shows where Prakash develops his first crush and manages to get the girl’s number that brings an idiotic grin to his face.
Episode 2: College Ka Pehla Exam (The First Exam of College)
‘Brace yourself as David Attenburaaahhh is back and this time he takes you through a newbie’s experience of the first exam.’ – TVF
The second episode is about the first exam of college which every kid thinks is uber important but what is actually of no consequence in the bigger picture when it comes to making a dent in their future career. The kids grovel in between their books and notes, dusting them off after ages, as they begin their preparations. The setting up of portraits of Gods isn’t forgotten either.
Prakash’s friend drops the bomb about not having procured the notes that will get them through which sends him in an agitated state. They both find the bookworm hidden in the library and successfully bribe her for notes. But as they are bickering over the line for the photocopy store, Prakash receives a call from his crush and is flattened by sweet words into getting her the notes as well. The kid bedazzled with the charms of his crush waits in a long line to get a copy of the notes for her as well. Meanwhile, the preparation for the exam is going on full force in study groups which are counter-productive.
The test done, Prakash receives the predictable blow that his crush already has a boyfriend. Prakash gets friend-zoned and his broken heart is consoled by his buddy.
Cast and Crew
Creative Director: Anandeshwar Dwivedi
Channel Producer: Shreyansh Pandey
Written by: Vikas Sharma
Directed by: Sangram Naiksatam
DOP: Kunal Hassanandani
Edited by: Gourav Gopal Jha
Music: Karthik Rao
Cast: Ahsaas Channa, Tirth Sharma, Shashi Mukherjee, Khushbu Baid, Vikas Sharma, Parikshit Joshi Ambuj Gupta, Vishwajeet Pratap Singh, Niladri Shankar Roy, Prashant Kumar Singh, Abhishekh Singh
Is It Worth Watching?
If you enjoy comedies set in college, then yes. TVF’s College has a lot of insight to offer when it comes to the state of students in college. The dialogues are witty and hit the bull’s eye when it comes to timely delivery by the cast for maximum comedic effect. The acting is unparalleled, especially by Tirth Sharma.
David’s commentary and clever observations are amusing to listen to as he unfolds the story of the joys and woes of college students who are still struggling with finding their footing in this world. There is a pinch of sadism for heightened flavour that will not disappoint with its taste. It is doused in copious amounts of humour and wit that add to the entertainment value of the whole satire and even though ‘College’ is a considerably short series, it nevertheless manages to make an impact, even if it is for a short while.
This short comedy web series is perfect for binging on with your friends to recollect your old memories of college and laughing at your collective mischief and follies or if you’re planning to enter the jungle of college and join the horde soon yourself.
Where can you watch it?
You can watch it for free on YouTube or click on the links below to watch.