Director – Soumendra Padhi
Cast – Sparsh Shrivastava, Anshumaan Pushkar, Monika Panwar, Aksha Pardasany, Amit Sial, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Aksha Pardasany
Jamtara: Sabka Number Ayega ,Netflix’s new web series launched on 10th January, is inspired by true incidents. The storyline takes you on a very thrilling ride into a village in Jharkhand, Jamtara. The show depicts a story of young people who are ambitious towards getting rich by running a successful phishing scam from Jamtara, which was once called as India’s phishing capital. These youngsters are 16-17 years old and some are school drop outs but they definitely know the wrong ways to make money.
The plot is set in October 2015, Jamtara where we see young cousins Sunny Mondal (Sparsh Shrivastava) and Rocky (Anshumaan Pushkar), who have disparate ambitions in their lives. While Sunny is looking to marry the local English teacher, Gudiya Singh (Monika Panwar), to expand his operation of phishing, Rocky wants to venture into politics with the help of the corrupt and powerful local politician Brajesh Bhan (Amit Sial). Amidst this chaos, Brajesh, makes his way into this scandal and gets involved with money by making an offer to the boys, who refuses to indulge into the offer, but fails to indulge Sunny in the scene. This brings in disparities between the two cousins. These two are very different with their outlook about their ethics related to the business as well as women.
The story unfolds variants of problems. Corruption amongst local cops, alcoholism in forms of jobless husband or a cop, Biswa Pathak (Dibyendu Bhattacharya), gender stereotyping a young, female superintendent of police, Dolly Sahu (Aksha Pardasany), unethical work of a journalist like Mahesh (Ravi Bhushan Bhartiya, wrong portrayal of “manly behavior” or masculinity and also sexual harassment against women physically as well as verbally.
Out of all these complications, in the spotlight is the growing menace of cybercrime which has put up Jamtara on the map. The series gave out information by spreading awareness about the issue.
The cast of the series including Amit Sial, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Aksha Pardasany, Monika Panwar, Sparsh Srivastav and Anshumaan Pushkar have done justice to their roles. Especially, Sparsh Shrivastava and Monika Panwar who runs the story ahead. They depicted proper amount fear, courage, faith and strength. However, Aksha Pardasany who had a great role of a strong female cop in the series should have given more screen time which would have built up her character. It would have been more influential.
Soumendra Padhi’s direction has unfolded the story very well which connects the dots which makes way for a true story. But it’s slower than expected. However, the trailer itself has garnered a lot of eyes towards the show and people don’t seem to dislike it.
CineSpeaks Verdict: Even though the show goes on where it repeats the narration, Padhi makes sure that it still hooks your attention to the very end! The portrayal of the incident with help of the skilled actors has helped the series to catch attention.
CINESPEAKS GIVES 3.5 STARS.
BY RUJUTA THETE