Hansal Mehta to Direct ‘Scoop’ Character Drama Series for Netflix

Inspired by Jigna Vora’s biographical book “Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison”, the series is created by Mehta and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta is set to collaborate with Netflix for the upcoming character drama series “Scoop,” the streamer announced on Tuesday.

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Inspired by Jigna Vora’s biographical book “Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison”, “Scoop” is created by Mehta and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul, known for co-writing “Thappad”.

Filming for the series has recently begun, under production company Matchbox Shots. According to Netflix, “Scoop” is a character drama that traces the journey of Jagruti Pathak, an ambitious crime reporter. “Her world crumbles when she is framed for the heinous murder of fellow journalist, Jaideb Sen, and finds herself in a jail cell with those she has previously reported on. Other defendants include a sniper notorious, infamous bookmaker and the infamous Chhota Rajan! The truth is quietly buried as she awaits trial,” reads the official login line.

Mehta, known for directing acclaimed projects like ‘Scam 1992’, ‘Shahid’ and ‘Aligarh’, said reading Vora’s book made him ‘compelled’ to bring the story to life on screen .

“We have already started filming and I am thrilled that this story will be my first collaboration with Netflix. Great stories can only benefit from a service that can make them reach a wider audience, ‘Scoop’ is that kind of story and with Netflix we will be able to deliver it to audiences around the world.With my co-creator Mrunmayee Lagoo and producers Matchbox Shots, I seek to delve into a tale of our mediated times and the human cost of the stories we consume on a daily basis “said the filmmakers.

Sanjay Routray, producer at Matchbox Shots, said when they first read the book they knew the “inspiring story of courage and courage” needed to be told in a larger medium. “Netflix was the obvious choice for us because filming it as a series gives us the opportunity to further nuance the characters and their emotions. For a tale with such a heartbreaking narrative, only a mastermind like Hansal Mehta would be able to do justice.

“It’s natural when it comes to bringing such impactful real-life stories to life. Honestly, our collaboration with Hansal and Netflix lined up perfectly, and it’s the perfect combination for stellar storytelling,” he added.