Directed by Soumendra Padhi
Jamatara in Jharkhand is the hub of phone scams. An entire industry of phishing exists there. A fairly interesting series based on the Jamtara phishing scam came to us in 2020. Now barely a year later,comes the next season of a series which said everything there was to in the first season
The second season of Jamtara Sab ka Number Ayega has nothing to say. Nothing that we haven’t already seen, It is one big long yawn stretching into eight episodes which have absolutely no recall value . Not even the addition of the formidable Seems Pahwa helps. She play sa corrupt politician( which is the only kind of politician we get to see on screen) who sits with her leg up on the table.
Ill-mannered uncouth characters abound in this series about corruption in powerful corridors. The director favours the dingy look in every frame. Such serials set in the North Indian heartland are easy and economical to make: all you need to do is go to a mofussil town in Bihar,Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh , point your camera anywhere and you have the setting you want.
Very little detailing has gone into the construction of Jamtara Season 2. The presentation is haphazard enough to appear suspiciously compromised. How does such trash get past the checkpoint? Throwing in a couple of stalwart actors doesn’t help when the entire cast of young adults look like they haven’t bathed or done any serious thinking for months.
The reckless nature of the phishing is more reflective of the brains behind the series than the characters in front of the camera who act as though they were being held accountable at gunpoint. Monika Panwar as Gudiya Mondal married to Sunny Mondal(Sparsh Srivastav) brother to Rocky Mondal (Anshuman Puskar) cousin to Rinku Mondal(Ravi Chahar) are the protagonists running phone scams right under the administrations’ nose.They have nothing to lose.
Oh, I nearly forgot: there is a hard-nosed female cop Dolly Sahu (Aksha Pardasany) on the phishing trail. She takes on the cheesy politician Brajesh Bhan(Amit Sial) with furious guts .But she never gets a voice to validate her honest mission. I nearly expected Dolly to have a secret love life. So many female cops in recent web serials are lesbian,it’s almost pandemic.
The aimless lackluster series has little to offer that’s new , let alone exciting. Blazing guns and flaring nostrils do not make for high-voltage entertainment. Who is going to tell the brains behind this boorish binge of bullets and bullshit that violence per se is no longer shocking? Holding back the free flow of filth is.
Squalid violence went out of style with Mirzapur.