The latest released web series, Shiksha Mandal, directed by Syed Ahmad Afzal, unveils the education scam, inspired by true events. Pawan Malhotra, Gauahar Khan, and Gulshan Devaiah share more.
Last Updated: 09.44 AM, Sep 17, 2022
The multi-starrer nine-episode web series Shiksha Mandal that was released on MX Player unravels a gripping tale of education scams, medical entrance exams, and mysterious murders of medical aspirants. The lead cast of the show, Pawan Malhotra, Gauahar Khan, and Gulshan Devaiah, in conversation with OTTplay, shared why it is one of the important stories that every audience should watch and be aware of.
The veteran actor Pawan Malhotra is playing the character of a man named Dhansu Yadav who is engineering the scam and making money out of the system.
Asked about why the audience should not miss out on the show, Pawan told OTTplay, "I think one of the reasons why it is important for the audience to watch the show is to be aware of the reality. Yes, the show revolves around medical entrance exams and government jobs. You may not be directly affected by such competitive exams, but think about the bigger picture. Those candidates, those doctors, who are unethically earning their degrees without any education are a danger to society."
He went on, adding, "What if tomorrow you are going to such a doctor for your medical treatment? Can you risk your health? We look up at doctors next to God, but these doctors are not."
In the series, Gauahar, who is playing a cop named Anuradha Singh Srivastava, highlights that some of the most responsible professions are medical, education, and engineering.
Citing one of the examples, she said, "You know, if a teacher is not well educated and, through the scam, earns a post as a teacher in any government school, imagine what is going to happen to those children who will go to school." The basic foundation of education will go for a toss!"
In recent times, she said, one of the viral videos took her by surprise.
"It was an eye-opener for me and I am sure many of us. One of the government officials was visiting one of the schools where the officer asked the teacher to read out the basic English alphabet, and the teacher could not even do that! Imagine what that teacher would teach those children! But they are government service-holding teachers! This is how people are playing with the future generation, and that is scary!" added Gauahar.
In the show, Gulshan is narrating the character of Aditya Rai, who is running a coaching centre for medical entrance aspirants. The story revolves around how his sister is trapped in the educational scam to clear the medical exam, followed by murder, and eventually how Aditya, with the help of police officer Anuradha, tracks down the scam and the nexus behind it.
Gulshan said, "You see, there is a loophole in the system through which all the scams are happening, and we are addressing that too, in the show. Even though the government is trying to tighten the system and the law and make sure that everything is in place, we need to do more. Even for our generation, clearing the medical entrance exam is the toughest one, so it's a huge achievement. Anything that is tough to get, we tend to find a shortcut to get there. The scam starts from there."
Shiksha Mandal, also featuring Gauri Chakraborty, Maya Sahu, Puneet Kumar Mishra, and Iram Badar Khan, is streaming on MX Player.