Scoop Review 2023 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
Based on Jigna Vora’s memoir Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison, Scoop began streaming on Netflix from June 2. The series, directed by Hansal Mehta, stars Karishma Tanna, Harman Baweja, Mohammed Zeeshan and Harman Baweja in pivotal roles.
By Bhavna Agarwal: Scoop is a wildly used term in media, just like Scam. Interestingly, both the shows were created by Hansal Mehta. Just like Scam, Scoop is based on a true event that happened 12 years ago in Mumbai – the Jigna Vora case. Mehta has by far aced the art of showing fictionalised versions of true events, without compromising on the integrity of the story. With Scoop, has he gotten it right? Let’s dig in.
Scoop features Karishma Tanna as an ambitious crime reporter, Jagruti. She is no stranger to the hustle, and is constantly looking for that BIG news, even when she is on a family holiday. Until that ride for a big scoop, lands her in soup. What happens when another ace crime reporter (played by Prosenjit Chatterjee) is shot dead in daylight and the entire case is maneuvered to look like an act of jealousy? Scoop traces the intricate details of the 2011 case which left the entire nation shocked.
Based on Vora’s memoir Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison, the story divided into six episodes takes us through the state of crime reporting and safety of crime reporters in the country. With the case as the background, Mehta also explores the newsroom tension and implores the clinical treatment by the system behind such crimes. It very cleverly highlights the simmering defaults within the system, which looks at acquitting themselves first.
It is also interesting to see how one’s morale compass is being tested in challenging times. Supporting Jagruti in her tryst for good stories is Mohammed Zeeshan as the Editor in Chief, who is a righteous person. He is not the one to follow the noise. Also, playing an integral part is Harman Baweja as Shroff, who is shown to be the person caught in the middle of this underworld coverage. Between underworld and crime reporters’ chase for a scoop, Shroff is being used by the system to set things up.
What is absolutely amazing about Scoop is that it doesn’t preach. It refrains from giving a statement, but is more focused on the events that ensued in 2011. Mehta recreates the Mumbai of 2011 in a combustible environment and the engaging pace of the series made it an easy watch.
The screenplay is definitely a key factor in keeping the audiences hooked as well. Karishma Tanna is exceptional as Jagruti. The actress finally gets to showcase her acting prowess and she did not miss the bus. She took it, nailed and bites into the character like a pro. Harman returns to showbiz after a long time and delivers a noteworthy performance. Zeeshan again justifies his part perfectly.
The real heroes of the series are the writers and editors, who made sure to keep it crisp. There was hardly a dull moment in Scoop. The only let down perhaps would be the background score, especially after the success of Scam’s BG score.