'Scam 2003’ is a fresh start: Hansal Mehta

Wednesday 22nd June 2022 07:42 EDT

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta said the second season of his hit series ‘Scam’ will be as “authentic and entertaining” as the original, but with a completely new take on its storytelling. A follow-up of the critically-acclaimed first part ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story’, the new season will tackle the 2003 Stamp Paper fraud involving Abdul Karim Telgi.

The new instalment will feature theatre actor Gagan Dev Riar. He will serve as the show runner and direct alongside filmmaker Tushar Hiranandani of ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ fame. Speaking in a panel discussion to celebrate two years of streaming platform SonyLIV, Mehta said the team has treated the new season as a “fresh start”. He said, “It’ll be entertaining, authentic and all the things that season one was and much more. You’re delving into a life, a new character. We will try to incorporate learnings from season one.”

“But we have treated season two as a fresh start. We cannot be bogged down by season one, it was a huge success so we have to repeat it. The moment you get into that trap, you’ll end up disappointing yourself,” the filmmaker said. “It’s a completely fresh take with a new director, who is executing it with his own vision, ability and we have a new actor, who’s another sensational find. So there are a lot of new things to look forward to. It has a new story, part of this amazing franchise,” he added.

Mehta said the team is mounting season two with the same conviction as they did during their first outing. “One of the learnings from the show was that we took risks. And ‘risk hai toh ishq hai’. So we won’t stop taking those risks and do it with conviction,” he said.

The new season will follow the life of Telgi, a fruit-seller born in Khanapur in Karnataka and his journey to becoming the mastermind behind one of the most ingenious scams in India. ‘Scam: 2003’ is adapted from the Hindi book Reporter ki Diary authored by journalist and news reporter Sanjay Singh, who is credited with breaking the story of the scam back in the time. The series is produced by Applause Entertainment in association with StudioNEXT.

Applause Entertainment CEO Sameer Nair said the “Scam” franchise may include “crossovers” in the future as the team gets more ambitious.

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