Directed by Hansal Mehta and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul, ‘Scoop’ stars Karishma Tanna, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Harman Baweja.
Hansal Mehta’s directorial ‘Scoop’ has finally premiered on Netflix. The web series aroused a lot of curiosity among the audience as it is based on a true criminal story. ‘Scoop’ revolves around Jagruti Pathak, a police reporter, accused of the murder of another journalist and the character is based on the journalist Jigna Vora.
Who is the real life ‘Jagruti Pathak’ alias Jigna Vora?
‘Scoop’ is based on Jigna Vora’s biographical memoir ‘Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison’. Karishma Tanna plays the role of Vora in ‘Scoop’ and her name has been changed to Jagruti Pathak in the web series. In 2012, Vora was charged with the murder of another journalist, Jyotirmoy Dey, who was an investigative journalist for Mid-Day.
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The true story of ‘Scoop’:
Jigna Vora was charged with the murder of Jyotirmoy Dey in 2012. Dey reportedly specialized in writing about the underworld and was shot dead in June 2011 by motorcycle snipers. Mumbai Criminal Branch arrested seven snipers from different locations, who belonged to Chhota Rajan’s gang. Later, Jigna Vora’s name was added to the charge sheet by the Criminal Section. She has reportedly been under the radar of the police since July 2011 and was accused of inciting the underworld don Chhota Rajan to kill her partner Dey in 2011. Bora was granted bail in July 2012. .
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The trial court acquitted Vora and another indicted Joseph Paulson on all counts in 2018. The government subsequently appealed against his acquittal in the Bombay High Court and the Bombay HC upheld the trial court’s ruling.
In its judgment, the Bombay HC said that the case against Vora was mainly based on several phone calls and some witnesses and none of the phone calls established that the murder was carried out on the orders of Jigna Vora. She was therefore cleared of all charges.
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Hansal Mehta on the casting of Karishma Tanna:
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Hansal Mehta spoke about his decision to cast Karishma Tanna for the show. “I enjoy both casting and shooting, and that process of surprising myself. Karishma was just that. There were a lot of accomplished actors in the room who auditioned for the role of Jagruti, but I found that Karishma was hungrier than they were and that’s all”. what he wanted for Jagruti. I didn’t want intellectual baggage,” he told the Hindustan Times.
Directed by Hansal Mehta and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul, ‘Scoop’ stars Karishma Tanna, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Harman Baweja, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deven Bhojani.