The trailer of Jamtara was compelling but when you sit to watch the series, the snags in the plot will come to the fore. Jamtara is a Netflix original series (10 episodes) that started streaming 10th of January 2020.
The plot is set in a village in Jharkhand, named Jamtara, from the cybercrime mafia thrives. Several phishing cases across the country trace their roots to the village, where a band of juvenile teens are involved in the crime. They bamboozle even the most educated lot, as they procure cash from a customer's debit and credit cards. Interestingly, this is done in a specific time of the day using the most basic handsets, to avoid getting caught by the cops.
While the plot revolves around phishing, there is a lot of time wasted in how the police is unable to nab these criminals, and even if they do, there is a lack of proof. The focus could have been on how the crime is committed. Probably this would have helped viewers be more vigilant of the drain on their finances.
The interesting angle here is how political bigwigs get involved, in helping these young boys and sharing half of their earnings, with a gun pointed at their heads. Another interesting aspect of the story is that nothing revolves around the issue of caste. The idea is to make money and the plot solely deals with the aspect of how the income is raised. The young boys very willingly marry girls from other villages.
Village girls no more find themselves behind gas-stoves taking care of the in-laws and other ridged aspects of the patriarchal ambit. Their outlook is advanced and practical. Their education has liberated them, and they now have dreams that they look forward to fulfilling.
Gudiya (Monica Panwar) plays her part well. She is armed with the attributes of the modern-day village girl who goes all out to fuel her dreams, and also knows how to stand up for herself when Brajesh (Amit Sial) gets close to her.
Sunny (Sparsh Shrivastav) is another interesting character who traversed between two very complex emotions of being downright intelligent and hot-headed. He makes the animosity between him and his brother ‘Rocky’. The SP ‘Dolly Sahu’ (Aksha Pardasany) is strong, but there are times when it looks like she is clueless about what is going on!
So a ten-part series could’ve been avoided. No one can raise fingers on Soumendhra Padhi’s direction, but one can certainly tell, that a film version of the story would have worked better.