Scam 2003: Trailer Review

By: Priyal Joshi

On Tuesday, the makers of Scam 2003: The Telgi Story released the trailer. The series features theater actor Gagan Dev Riar as the titular conman Abdul Karim Telgi, who was responsible for the largest stamp paper fraud in the nation, costing Rs 30,000 crore. Tushar Hiranandani is the director of Scam 2003, while Hansal Mehta was in charge of the series’ first installment, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story.

A voiceover introduces Telgi in the trailer. He is described as a “khota sikka,” “a snake,” and “very smart,” among other things. Gagan is then revealed to us in his Telgi form. The teaser demonstrates Telgi’s ascent, how he began producing bogus stamp sheets, and how, finally, the walls are closing in around him. The teaser promises a ton of filmy dialogues, similar to Scam 1992. Gagan is heard saying in a scene, “I have confidence deposited in a savings account.”

The series, which was made by Applause Entertainment in collaboration with Studio NEXT, reveals the unseen details of the case as they are written in the Hindi book Reporter Ki Diary by journalist and news reporter Sanjay Singh. The new installment’s trailer features the same Scam theme by Achint Thakkar, hinting at the same vivacious energy that made the first adventure a great blockbuster.

The upcoming series is certain to bring to mind for viewers the recent 2023 Prime Video India movie Farzi starring Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi, as the emphasis is once again on maximizing profits by whatever means necessary. The biographical series, will also star Bhavna Balsavar, Bharat Jadhav, Mukesh Tiwari, Sana Amin Sheikh, and others. It has been written by Karan Vyas and Kiran Yadnyopavit for the OTT screen and delves deeply into the Rs 30,000 crore scandal that shook the entire nation.

The series is all set to stream on Sony Liv from September 1.