Hansal Mehta says Scam 2003 is a “reboot”, promises “everything the first season was and then a lot more”.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta said on Saturday the second season of his hit series Scam will be as “authentic and entertaining” as the original but with a whole new approach to storytelling. A sequel to the critically acclaimed first installment, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, the new season will explore Abdul Karim Telgi’s 2003 stamp paper scam.

Theater actor Gagan Dev Riar will headline Fraud: 2003. Mehta will serve as showrunner and director alongside Saand Ki Aankh filmmaker Tushar Hiranandani.

During a panel discussion celebrating the two-year relaunch of streaming platform SonyLIV, Mehta said the team has treated the new season as a “fresh start.”

“It’s going to be fun, authentic, and everything that season one was and then some. You are immersed in a life, a new character. We will try to integrate the insights from the first season.

“But we treated season two like a fresh start. We can’t get bogged down by the first season that it was a huge hit, so we have to repeat it. The moment you fall into that trap, you will disappoint yourself,” said the filmmaker.

The new season will chronicle the life of Telgi, a fruit seller born in Khanapur in Karnataka, and his journey to becoming the mastermind behind one of the most sophisticated scams in India.

Scam: 2003 is an adaptation of the Hindi book Reporter ki Diary written by journalist and news reporter Sanjay Singh who is credited with bringing the history of the scam to the past.

Mehta, whose first season starring Pratik Gandhi had become one of the biggest shows of 2020, said the new season will surprise audiences.

“It’s a whole new take with a new director directing it with his own vision and skill, and we have a new actor who is another sensational discovery. So there are many new things to look forward to. It has a new story, part of this amazing franchise,” he added.

The series is produced by Applause Entertainment in association with StudioNEXT.

Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, said that the “Scam” franchise could include “crossovers” in the future as the team becomes more ambitious.

“The thought was always that there would be new stories under the umbrella brand. It can be like an anthology of seasons, of different stories. As we progress and get ambitious you will see crossovers and surprises as these are almost (in) similar periods of history.

“But we’re not putting any pressure on ourselves. It’s not a continuous story and neither of us tried not to be traumatized by the triple century when we debuted,” Nair said.

Mehta said the team enters the second season with the same conviction as they did when they first played.

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“One of the lessons learned from the show was that we took risks. And ‘risk hai toh ishq hai’. So we’re not going to stop taking those risks and we’re going to do it with conviction,” he added.

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