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Scoop on OTT: When and where to watch Hansal Mehta’s account of crime journalist Jigna Vora’s life

Inspired by Jigna Vora's biographical book Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison, the show has Karishma Tanna in the lead, rechristened for the screen as Jagruti Pathak.

Scoop on OTT: When and where to watch Hansal Mehta’s account of crime journalist Jigna Vora’s life
Karishma Tanna plays Jagruti Pathak, a character based on real-life murder accused and acquitted journalist Jigna Vora

Last Updated: 12.09 PM, May 11, 2023


Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, best known for his acclaimed projects like Scam 1992, Shahid and Aligarh, is ready to present his next. This time around, he focuses on the real-life drama behind an ambitious crime reporter, accused in the murder of a fellow journalist. Mehta’s directorial, which is set to come to Netflix shortly, has Karishma Tanna in the lead along with Harman Baweja, Ravi Mahashabde and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. When he came across Vora’s book, Mehta thought it was a compelling story that ought to be brought to the screen. The Netflix show had been officially announced at the streamer’s Tudum event in September last year and we now have a date as to when it will be available. Scoop is coming to Netflix on June 2.

The official logline of the series reads, “Her world comes crashing down when she is charged for the heinous murder of a fellow journalist, Jaideb Sen and ends up in a prison cell with those she once reported on. The others charged include a notorious sharpshooter, a nefarious bookie and the infamous, Chhota Rajan! The truth is quietly buried as she waits out a trial.”


Behind The Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison record Vora’s memoirs of her time in jail, which she wrote after she was acquitted of murder charges. Jigna had spent nine months incarcerated. In the first teaser for the show, a voice identifying as Chota Rajan on a phone call, says that he murdered Sen at the behest of a reporter called Jagruti. It then cuts to an investigation room in a police station, where Jagruti is being interrogated, with her voice-over saying, “Problem yeh hai, ki either you break a story or the story breaks you.”

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