Scoop – Web-Series Review

Web Series Title: Scoop

Cast: Karishma Tanna, Harman Baweja, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Deven Bhojani, and Jamini Pathak.

Director: Hansal Mehta and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul

Genre: Crime Thriller

Rank: 4.5

Scoop is a biographical crime thriller based on the actual murder of Jotirmoy Dey a prominent crime investigator of the Mumbai Underworld, in 2011. The series features Karishma Tanna in the role of Jagruthi Pathak, whose character is based on Jigna Vora, another reporter accused of Dey’s murder.  The character of Dey is essayed by Prosenjit Chatterjee and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Harman Baweja also play important roles in the series. The series has been directed by Hansal Metha, who earned much praise for his earlier series of Scam 1992. The series was released on Netflix on 2nd June 2023.  

The Plot of Scoop

Jagruthi Pathak (Karishma Tanna) works as a Senior Crime Journalist for Eastern Age newspaper, while also handling the responsibilities of its Deputy Bureau Chief. Her well-established network of informers and her friendly relationship with JCP Harshavardhan Shroff (Harman Baweja) helps her achieve phenomenal success in her career. She is also supported by Imran (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), the Editor-In-Chief of Eastern Age, which makes many of her colleagues jealous.

Then  Jagruthi’s world is turned upside down when a well-known journalist, Jaideb Sen (Prosenjit Chatterjee), fondly known as Dada, who works with News Day, is murdered in broad daylight by the dreaded underworld Don Chhota Rajan. Jagruti is accused of planning the murder of Jaideb Sen as she had interviewed the Don on phone just before the killing.  As her own fraternity turns against her, it remains to be seen whether Jagruthi was actually involved in the killing, and if not, then who framed her and why?

The Writer and Director Combo Contribution to Scoop

The web series has been co-written by Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul and Mirat Trivedi and directed by Hansal Metha. The creators have done a great job of presenting a well-researched story that tries to highlight the ongoing nexus between media and the mafia realistically. The team has made sure that the series provides a factual representation of the extreme volatility and the increasing preference for controversy-happy journalism.

The Character Developments and Role Plays In Scoop

Karishma Tanna shines as the fearless and ambitious Jagruthi Pathak. Her portrayal of a successful journalist who suddenly finds herself in a deep mess with nobody to help or trust leaves the audience amazed. Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub and Harman Baweja have also done justice to their roles as the person who never stops believing in Jagruthi’s work ethic and the friend and accomplice who changes his standing according to circumstances respectively.

The Story Development of Scoop

The story of the webs series focuses on the inadequacies within the media sector and specifically questions the ethics behind new-age journalism where finger-pointing has become a norm rather than reporting facts. Through the tale of Jagruthi, the series tries to make the audiences think about the impact of media trials on the the lives of accused along with those associated with them. While the series does not aim to present journalists in a bad light or promote hatred for them, it does highlight the fact that modern-day journalism is less about facts and more about gossip.

Final Verdict for Scoop

Scoop is bone-chilling and thought-provoking web series that raises some serious questions about the ethics and integrity of journalists trying to attain success in a highly competitive and volatile work environment. We at IndiaCafe24 give the series a rating of 4.5 stars.