Hansal Mehta to make his directorial debut on Netflix with Scoop, based on true events

Scoop is a character drama based on Jigna Vora's book 'Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison.'

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Hansal Mehta will make his directorial debut on Netflix with the series Scoop, kicking off a partnership with the streaming service. Matchbox Shots, the production company behind the character drama, recently began filming.

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Scoop is a character drama based on Jigna Vora’s book ‘Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison.’ It follows Jagruti Pathak, an ambitious crime journalist, on her journey. When she is charged with the heinous murder of a fellow journalist, Jaideb Sen, and herself up in a prison cell with individuals she formerly reported about, her world comes crumbling down. A famed sniper, a shady bookie, and the infamous Chhota Rajan are among those indicted. While she awaits a trial, the truth is discreetly buried.

Speaking about the series and associating with Netflix, Hansal Mehta said, “Reading Jigna Vora’s book – ‘Behind The Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison’ piqued my interest and compelled me to bring this story alive on screen. We’ve already begun filming and I’m excited about this story being my first collaboration with Netflix. Great stories can only benefit from a service that can make it reach a wider set of audiences, Scoop is that kind of a story and with Netflix, we will be able to take it to audiences across the globe. With my co-creator Mrunmayee Lagoo and producers Matchbox Shots, I am seeking to delve deep into a tale of our mediatized times and the human cost of stories that we consume on a daily basis.”

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Sharing his thoughts on Scoop, the producer at Matchbox Shots, Sanjay Routray said, “When we first laid our hands on Jigna Vora’s book ‘Behind the Bars in Byculla’, we were astounded and instantly knew that this inspirational story of grit and courage needs to be told on a wider medium. Netflix was the obvious choice for us because filming it as a series gives us the opportunity to nuance the characters and their emotions further. For a tale with such a gut-wrenching narrative, only a mastermind like Hansal Mehta would be able to do complete justice. He’s a natural when it comes to bringing such hard-hitting, real-life stories to life. Honestly, our collaboration with Hansal and Netflix just aligned seamlessly, and it’s the perfect combination for stellar storytelling.”

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