Taking the menace of phishing ahead, the village of Jamtara is now doing the activity in a full-blown manner. It is an occupation that has to build palaces in the city. But for the main people involved, there is always a hanging sword above their heads. What happens when they decide to take revenge and the dirty game of politics unfolds simultaneously? Watch season 2.
So Jamtara season 1 was a show that debuted at the same time as the epidemic. For many of us, it was the first show we binged during the lockdown. Add to that the fact that it was a show about a scam that we have all been victims of at some point in our lives. The show was a unique concept with a fascinating tale since it carried us inside our phones and right into the heart of a fraud that we believed was little but actually involves an entire town. I know it’s a work of fiction, but you get it.
So, after two years, the creators bring the show back for season 2 to dispel the anxiety of unknown numbers and messages once more. Season 2 begins a few weeks after the last season finished, and is written by Kanishka and Ashwin Verman, with an original concept by Nishank Verma.
The town has become a phishing hotspot, and it’s no secret that everyone who knows how to phone wants to do it. While they follow Rocky (Anshuman) like the dead followed the Night King, a new political game is unfolding in the village.
It appears that the creators are aware of the monotony of their theme. Because how long can the same plot of men and women robbing innocent people via fraudulent phone calls keep the public interested? As a result, they expand their presentation horizontally and bring more Jamtara in front of the camera.
Enter Seema Pahwa, who opposes Amit Sial and sparks a political conflict that takes center stage in season 2. Because the idea broadens, there is a lot to absorb here. Characters from the first season appear, and some references are made casually. So you can’t watch this without first seeing the first season summary.
There is also a sense of turmoil in how filmmaker Soumendra Padhi and his writing team portray this town right now. Because it is not just a group of young men and youngsters making a lot of money quickly, but there is an entire monster called local politics at work. As a result, the game expands and the tensions intensify. The show finds its essence by showing you the vastness of the phishing crime world and how easy it is to get into it and stay if you don’t want to climb the ladder.
This is also made feasible by cameraman Sayak Bhattacharya, who now provides this village a bird’s eye view as opposed to Kaushal Shah’s close-up vision. Sayak’s frames are more of an introduction to the craziness, whereas Shah’s work helped us understand the landscape.
He catches a Banyan tree in a faraway area and hangs the phishing gang’s useless phones from it. The image of the tree and the phones hanging from it perfectly represents the status of the town, and you can sense the tension.
Of course, there is more civil fighting between the factions, and some relationships are formed and severed, but much is also disregarded.
The Jamtara cast has embodied their characters to the point where they no longer need to get dressed up to play them. Be it Sparsh Srivastav’s arrogance and gesticulation even though he is without a leg, Monika Panwar discovering her power while remaining mute, or Anshuman Pushkar struggling to decide who to support, it all appears real and never makes us lose our grasp.
Panwar, in particular, has the toughest task among the OGs this season. She undergoes a total character shift amid all the man-children, and the actor is excellent at it.
Amit Sial is becoming the go-to politician for OTT producers. I believe he has the right to run in a real-life election, and he may receive the most votes since he is so good. But there must also be a respite now. With him is the incredible Seema Pahwa, and there is no way this incredible actor can ever go wrong. Dibyendu Bhattacharya is still great at what he does.
What Isn’t Working:
While broadening the scope of the show, the creators cast a critical eye on a variety of issues in Jamtara Season 2. The show only skims the surface of issues, never delving deeper to provide context. Consider the relationships: no tie is explored sufficiently to make us experience the pain when one dies. Because the screenplay follows the first individual who passes in front of the camera, there is no specific central character this time.
This has an impact on the bigger context as well. As an example, the topic of caste division and beef prohibition was broached, as was the period of demonetization, but it was never explored or affected more than that one scene or a handful of the next.
As a result, the effect is never long enough to last and have an impact. Even the fact that the show never takes us to the victims of the scam is vexing. As a result, the phishing task appears to be quite simple. Because we aren’t seeing any results, the procedure appears insignificant.
Season 2 dialogue does the bare minimum. There are no conversations that the audience will remember. Perhaps this is due to the constant chaos and running on the screen.