Paatal Lok has finally dropped on Amazon Prime Video and is taking the internet by storm. Fans are loving the show's gritty take at politics and drama set in Delhi. Sudip Sharma has now revealed that he created the show after getting inspired by Tarun Tejpal's book. Paatal Lok tells the story from the perspective of a cop named Jaideep Ahlawat. Sharma said, "This book was a small part of it. We took a one-line plot from there, and then the writers explored many different situations. There are several other factors that have been added to our story. We decided to explore the life of a cop. The author of the book was not involved in the development or production of the show."
He added saying, "We started off from there and then various other inspirations came in. I read The Story of My Assassins about a decade ago. I’ve been working on this show for the last 4-5 years. Given that it was just a starting point, and given how much we have moved away from the source material, it didn’t feel wrong."
Sharma also spoke about the show defying modern propaganda that has maligned the country. He said, "For any writer, there’s a constant tussle between projecting your worldview and telling an engaging story. For me, the latter is always the primary focus. Agenda minus good art is just propaganda."
Paatal Lok has shot over 100 locations across North India. This includes the holy city of Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. Prosit Roy and Avinash Arun have directed the 9 episodes long show.