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Scam 2003 Review – The Telgi Story: Gagan Dev’s Class Performance as Abdul Karim Telgi

Scam 2003 Review – The Telgi Story: Gagan Dev’s Class Performance as Abdul Karim Telgi.

The most awaited web series from Hansal Mehta and Tushar Hiranandani is released on Sony Liv. This is the second show from the Scam Franchise after Scam 1992. As soon as the trailer was released, fans were eagerly waiting for this Scam 2003 show, including me.

Are you also planning to watch Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story? But read this article on Scam 2003 Review from Movieghost first, before watching the web series. So let’s start.

Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story :

Scam 2003 Review - The Telgi Story
Scam 2003 Review – The Telgi Story. Image Credit Sony LIV


  • Genre: Biography, Crime & Drama.
  • Director: Tushar Hiranandani
  • Cast:  Gagandev Riar, Mukesh Tiwari, Sana Amin Sheikh
  • Rating: 8/10
  • Scam 2003 Review :

Making a sequel to a highly successful series can be quite challenging, especially when the bar is set as high as it was with Hansal Mehta and Jai Mehta’s “Scam 1992”. Pratik Gandhi was the lead character of this show, and the audience just loved his performance.

Now, Applause Entertainment, Studio Next, and SonyLIV have united once again to continue the “Scam” franchise after almost three years. But this time, they bring a story on Abdul Karim Telgi, the man behind India’s biggest stamp paper scam. While Hansal Mehta has returned as showrunner, “Scam 2003 – The Telegi Story” is directed by Tushar Hiranandani.

Since both the stories fall under the same franchise umbrella, comparisons are inevitable. Will it be able to live up to the expectations of the audience set by Scam 1992? Let’s see.

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I am writing this review with some positive as well as negative points from the show.

Scam 2003 Review (Positives) :

“Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story” opens with a scene that immerses you in the dark world of crime. It is based on real-life incidents and Sanjay Singh’s book “Telgi Scam: Reporter Ki Diary” The creative writing team, which includes Kiran Yadnyopavit, Kedar Patankar, and Karan Vyas, skillfully crafts an engaging story.

The storyline of a crime drama series should be fast-paced and thrilling, according to the audience. In its first episode, the show achieves that by moving quickly from one important scene to another. The creators deserve respect for creating the tone immediately and guaranteeing the audience remains engaged the entire time.

Scam 2003 Review - The Telgi Story
Scam 2003 Review – The Telgi Story. Image Credit Sony LIV

Using the original title theme from “Scam 1992,” composed by Achint Thakkar, was an excellent decision. This decision immediately brings to mind the brilliant idea of the first installment giving the same vibe as Scam 1992.

In addition, the show is set in a different time period, and Stanley Mudda’s cinematography and Madhusudan N’s artistic direction effectively take you there. Arun J. Chauhan presents the vibe of the era in his costume perfectly. Mukesh Chhabra executed great casting, making each character feel suitable for his role.

“Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story” with a strong hook, bringing audiences into a world of crime and suspense. The series engages the audience with good storytelling, historical connections in the first half, and great attention to every minor detail of cinematography, costumes, production design, and casting.

Scam 2003 Review (Negative) :

While “Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story” starts with a bang, the momentum tends to slow down in the second and third episodes, causing the overall narrative to lose some of its grip on the audience. Director Tushar Hiranandani attempts to provide multiple explanations and layers, but this unfortunately lessens the attractiveness of a criminal thriller.

Thankfully, after the fourth episode, this five-part series, which is included in volume 1 of “Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story,” manages to pick up its momentum. However, it’s worth noting that these episodes might have benefited from a clearer, more targeted strategy.

The quality of the dialogue, written by Karan Vyas, is somewhat average, with a few memorable lines sprinkled in. The cliffhanger at the end of the fifth episode, while intended to build anticipation, may not be the most challenging obstacle for Abdul Karim Telgi to overcome in volume 2, leaving viewers with a sense of predictability.

Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story (Plot):

Scam 2003 Review - The Telgi Story
Scam 2003 Review – The Telgi Story. Image Credit Sony LIV


Abdul Karim Telgi is a smart man with a big dream and a good education. He wants to make big money but, his life problems and situation are his obstacles. His destiny changes, thankfully, when he grabs an opportunity to shift to Mumbai. His life experiences a tremendous transformation as a result of living in the crowded Big City.

Later, in search of a bigger fortune, he goes to the Gulf. However, destiny has other ideas, and a few years later he finds himself back in India. But this time, Telgi has a different strategy in mind. His goal is to literally print money rather than just earn money.

He starts a new career in counterfeiting as a result. Making fake passports at first, he soon expands his goals. He started working in the industry of producing fake stamp papers. You’ll have to watch to really understand and appreciate how things develop and how the journey twists and turns.

Final Conclusion –

“Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story” shows Telgi’s world and his criminal acts in a sincere way. It enters the world of crime drama successfully, but it is unable to match the charm of “Scam 1992,” which it is meant to replace.

The character of Harshad Mehta was expertly humanized by director Hansal Mehta in the movie “Scam 1992,” with his journey and failures. In Scam 2003, this strong emotional connection to the character was missing.

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