In 2015, TVF launched their original series TVF Pitchers and it was like a breath of fresh air from whatever the Indian television had been giving us for decades. There were other web series on the OTT platforms and on internet in general before the Pitchers came out, but most of them were about cliche topics and not very high quality in terms of script as well as production.
The first thing TVF got right with Pitchers is the cast. The show featured a talented ensemble of actors, including Naveen Kasturia, Jitendra Kumar, Abhay Mahajan, and Arunabh Kumar, who all did an excellent job of bringing their characters to life. The chemistry between the four leads, along with their banter and camaraderie added a lot of humour and heart to the show.
The other thing that made Pitchers a great success was its authenticity. The no-nonsense, realistic script and dialogue writing of the show by Biswapati Sarkar felt like a real conversation between two friends without any fluff. Most such attempts to showcase contemporary culture fall in the trap of overdoing the lingo and show of culture that feels tacky, but Pitchers managed that task effortlessly.
TVF Pitchers also tackled a range of important themes, including the struggles of starting a business, the importance of friendship and loyalty, and the sacrifices that entrepreneurs have to make in order to succeed (It also has one of the best break-up scene to be ever filmed with Navin Kasturia and Maanavi Gagroo). These themes resonated with a wide audience and helped to make the show a hit with both young and older viewers.
I was in my degree college when this show released, and I remember how viral it had actually become at the time. The possibility of the timing and circumstances of the release of the show having at least some impact on my career decisions cannot be denied. The references and dialogues from the show were commonly used in conversations among students and it was the talk of the town.
The show was definitely based on HBO’s Silicon Valley, but it was adopted to the taste of Indian audiences so well that calling it a ripoff of the Silicon Valley would be unfair. It was a really well done adoption of the concept.
People have waited for the second season of Pitchers after its happy ending finale in season one for years. Now, finally after 7 years we’re getting the second season, and I just hope they didn’t make us wait so long just to disappoint us!!