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Abdul Karim Telgi’s Story: Scam 2003 Review

The rise and fall of Abdul Karim Telgi: Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story delves into the world of India’s largest stamp paper scam, it navigates the intricate web of counterfeiting and deceit.

Abdul Karim Telgi's Story Unveiled Scam 2003 Review
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Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story: The most challenging part of creating a sequel in a franchise is living up to expectations, which is especially difficult if the previous instalment was an enormous hit, as it did in the case of Harshad Mehta’s Scam 1992. Nearly three years later, the Scam franchise, supported by Applause Entertainment, Studio NEXT, and SonyLIV, has made a comeback with a fresh narrative centered on Abdul Karim Telgi, the mastermind of India’s largest stamp paper scam.

Comparisons are inevitable because both tales fall under the same franchise. Does it now meet the bar that the first portion set? Find out by reading on.

What is the Plot of Scam 2003?

Abdul Karim Telgi is an intelligent and ambitious man who wants to succeed in life, but his circumstances prevent him from doing so until the day he has the chance to relocate to Mumbai. He notices a change in his life after moving to the city and later decides to move to the Gulf to increase his income. 

A few years later, destiny sends him back to the nation, but this time, he intends to mint money rather than just earn it. He begins his career in counterfeiting in this manner, first producing phony passports before moving on to the main event: mass-producing false stamp sheets. 

Story Inspiration

The first sequence of Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story, written by Kiran Yadnyopavit, Kedar Patankar, and Karan Vyas, is based on actual events and Sanjay Singh’s book Telgi Scam: Reporter Ki Diary. As a viewer, one of your main hopes for a crime drama is a fast-moving, exciting story. The program delivers on this promise in the first episode, propelling the plot quickly from one crucial turning point to another. It’s great that the creators did that with the first episode because it helps to keep and grow your audience. 

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Criticism

The second and third episodes of the show sometimes lose their momentum, which makes the entire plot much less interesting. To fit in as many layers as possible and then explain as many of them, Hiranandani sacrificed the allure of an intriguing criminal thriller. The fifth episode of this five-part series, which the creators of Scam 2003: The Telgi Story released in volume 1, cranks up the pace again, but I think these episodes should have been shorter and sharper. 

Final Words

The criminal drama Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story is earnest in its effort and succeeds in bringing the Telgi world to life, but it doesn’t quite have the same charm as its predecessor, Scam 1992. The audience could relate to Harshad Mehta’s journey, including his faults, thanks to Hansal Mehta’s humanization of the character. In Abdul Karim Telgi’s narrative, I didn’t see that treatment.

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Sharmistha is an accomplished content writer, specializing in SEO Content Writing, blogs, and articles. Previously, she worked with India's largest edtech giant and now she is developing her skills in digital marketing across various aspects. With a Master's Degree in Environmental Sciences, she brings a unique perspective to her writing, blending her passion for engaging and informative content creation that captivates audiences. Sharmistha's compelling narrative and profound knowledge make her a versatile writer who easily communicates with readers' diverse minds.

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