Journalist Jigna Vora’s book “Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison” is slated for a screen adaptation by “Scam 1992” director Hansal Mehta. The said project co-created by Reema Lagoo’s daughter, Mrunmayee Lagoo (“Thappad”), is a fictional series titled “Scoop”, and will trace the biographical journey of her head after she was framed for the murder of senior reporter Jyotirmoy Dey in 2011. .
Jigna was sent behind bars following her involvement in the murder. According to the sources, Karishma Tanna will play the main character of Jagruti Pathak based on Jigna in the series which will show how, incidentally, the main character ends up in prison with a set of feared criminals whom she has already reported, after she is accused of murder.
Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead by two assailants on a motorbike in Mumbai’s Powai district. After the shooting, underworld don Chhota Rajan took responsibility for the murder as he was annoyed that Dey was reporting against him. According to the CBI indictment, Jigna complained against Dey to Chhota Rajan out of professional rivalry with Dey.
In 2018, the trial court acquitted Vora. However, his acquittal was challenged by the Maharashtra government in the Bombay High Court.
Matchbox Shots took on the production of the series, which is based on the book “Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison” written by Jigna Vora, and will air on Netflix.
Speaking about the series and associating with Netflix, Hansal Mehta said, “Reading Jigna Vora’s book – ‘Behind The Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison’ piqued my interest and pushed me to bring this story on screen. We have already started filming and I’m thrilled that this story will be my first collaboration with Netflix.”
He added: “Great stories can only benefit from a service that can take them to a wider audience, ‘Scoop’ is that kind of story and with Netflix we will be able to bring it to audiences around the world. Along with my co-creator Mrunmayee Lagoo and producers Matchbox Shots, I seek to dive deep into a tale of our hyped times and the human cost of the stories we consume on a daily basis.”
Sanjay Routray, Producer at Matchbox Shots, said: “When we got our hands on Jigna Vora’s book ‘Behind the Bars in Byculla’ we were amazed and immediately knew that this inspiring story of courage and courage had to being told on a larger Netflix was the obvious choice for us because filming it as a series gives us the opportunity to further nuance the characters and their emotions.
“For a tale with such a heartbreaking narrative, only a mastermind like Hansal Mehta would be able to do justice. It’s natural when it comes to bringing such impactful and real stories to life. Honestly, our collaboration with Hansal and Netflix just seamlessly aligned, and it’s the perfect combination for stellar storytelling,” he concluded.