India is evolving and OTT is bringing out the best stories for us to watch. Based on Jigna Vora’s book ‘Behind the bars in Byculla: My days in prison’, this one is gripping. In June 2011, crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was murdered and Jigna Vora, who was the deputy chief of the newspaper Asian Age, was imprisoned in this case.
The series starts on a high with everything going on perfectly well in the life of Jagruti Pathak. Her career graph is on the rise, she has a doting family and her reporting skills and contacts par excellence. But fate has something else in store for her and from behind the desk, she is behind the bars. One thing that stands out is the family love and support that she had. A small mediocre Gujrati family, sailing through the thick and thin of life together.
Hansal Mehta has done a fantastic job in depicting this real-life story. The manipulations, the corruption in the police department, the rivalry in work places and click-bait journalism, all aspects have been woven beautifully in the story. My heart goes out to this strong, young journalist whose misery knows no end as she goes through the trial.
I love the character of Imran, the friendship and his undying faith to uncover the truth, that Pathak is innocent until proven guilty. The story raises questions on ambition, how easy it is for society to slam women that she must have slept with her boss for that promotion, what really is true journalism, morality and how easy it is to back-stab your co-worker for that raise.
A great story that will keep you hooked.