Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story Part 1 Review: Gagan Dev Riar’s Brilliance Overshadowed By Scam 1992 Comparisons

The web series “Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story Part 1” has garnered attention for its portrayal of the infamous Abdul Karim Telgi and his involvement in a massive stamp paper scam. In this review, we will delve into the show’s strengths and weaknesses, highlighting the performance of the cast, script analysis, direction, and music.


"In our review of Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story Part 1, we explore how Gagan Dev Riar's outstanding performance is hindered by the show's reliance on Scam 1992's success. While the series delves into the intriguing tale of Abdul Karim Telgi, it struggles to break free from the shadow of its predecessor."

The series explores the life of Abdul Karim Telgi, a man from a rural Indian town who moves to Bombay with aspirations beyond mere earnings. Telgi stumbles upon the illegal trade of stamp papers and embarks on a journey to become the kingpin of this fraudulent system.

Script Analysis

The success of “Scam 1992” introduced a new filmmaking technique that blended detailed storytelling with drama. It portrayed Harshad Mehta as a charismatic figure who seemed like a hero running the world. “Scam 2003” attempts to replicate this blueprint with Abdul Karim Telgi as its central character. However, the show’s script faces the challenge of living up to the legacy of its predecessor.

While Telgi’s character is intriguing, the series lacks the flamboyance that made Harshad Mehta’s story captivating. Telgi’s obsession with materialistic things and his unique style of operation could have been explored further to add depth to his character.

The script excels in detailing certain aspects, such as Telgi’s dramatic demonstration of wealth by throwing money at a dancer to showcase his prominence. However, it often falls into the shadow of “Scam 1992,” with recurring motifs and themes that feel like homage but end up detaching viewers from the Telgi Scam narrative.

Star Performances

Gagan Dev Riar delivers a standout performance as Telgi, blending seamlessly into the character. His portrayal is so convincing that it becomes challenging to differentiate between the actor and the real-life figure he portrays. While the initial episodes may seem dialogue-heavy, it aligns with Telgi’s character traits.

Talat Aziz and Sana Amin Shaikh deliver balanced and impressive performances. However, some of the supporting cast members, particularly those in close proximity to Telgi, appear to be imitating characters from “Scam 1992.”

Notably, Bharat Jadhav and Shashank Ketkar shine in their roles, leaving viewers eager to see how their characters evolve.

Direction and Music

Tushar Hiranandani, the director, faces the challenge of portraying a character with no inherent glamour. While it is essential to focus on Telgi’s unassuming appearance, the excessive reliance on Telgi’s explanations can make other characters appear helpless without him. The conflicts in the series are often resolved too swiftly, diluting their impact.

In terms of music, “Scam 2003” stays within the framework set by “Scam 1992” and does not venture into new territory.

Final Verdict

The first five episodes of “Scam 2003” offer a glass-half-full perspective. While it successfully introduces viewers to the enigmatic character of Abdul Karim Telgi, it occasionally struggles to break free from the looming shadow of “Scam 1992.” With five more episodes to go, there is potential for the series to improve or worsen, and viewers may need to stay tuned to discover the final outcome.

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