Filmmaker Hansal Mehta said on Saturday that the second series of his successful Scam series will be as “authentic and entertaining” as the original, but with a whole new concept of storytelling. The new season, which follows on from the critically acclaimed first part of Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, will address a 2003 paper stamp fraud by Abdul Karim Telgi.
The main role will be played by the theater actor Gagan Dev Riar Fraud: 2003. Mehta will serve as a showrunner and direct alongside filmmaker Tushar Hiranandani of fame Saand Ki Aankh.
During a panel discussion to celebrate the two years since the relaunch of the SonyLIV streaming platform, Mehta said the team saw the new season as a “new beginning”.
“It will be fun, authentic and all the things that the first season was like, and much more. You immerse yourself in life, new characters. We will try to incorporate the findings from the first season.
“But we took the second season as a new beginning. We can’t be overwhelmed by the first season, it’s been a huge success, so we have to repeat it. The moment you fall into that trap, you will disappoint yourself, “said the filmmaker.
The new season will capture the life of Telgi, a fruit seller born in Khanapur, Karnataka, and his journey to become the architect of one of the most sophisticated deceptions in India.
Scam: 2003 is an adaptation of the Hindu book Reporter ki Diary, written by journalist and news reporter Sanjay Singh, who is credited with breaking the story of fraud back in time.
Mehta, whose first season starring Pratik Gandhi proved to be one of the biggest shows of 2020, said the new season would surprise viewers.
“It’s a whole new shot with a new director who does it with his own vision, skills and we have a new actor, which is another sensational finding. So there is a lot to look forward to a lot of new things. It has a new story, part of this amazing franchise, “he added.
The series is produced by Applause Entertainment in collaboration with StudioNEXT.
Applause Entertainment CEO Sameer Nair said the “Scam” franchise could include “crossovers” in the future as the team becomes more ambitious.
“It has always been thought that there will be new stories under the umbrella brand. It can be like an anthology of seasons, different stories. As we move forward and become ambitious, you will see crossovers and surprises, as these are almost (set) similar historical periods.
“But we’re not putting any pressure on ourselves.” It is not a continuing story and none of us tried to be traumatized by the triple century during our debut, “said Nair.
Mehta said the team is entering its second season with the same conviction as its first performance.
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“One of the findings of the show was that we took a risk. A ‘risk hai toh ishq hai’. So we will not stop taking risks and we will do it with conviction, “he added.