Sony TV’s new show is definitely a welcome change from saas-bahu sagas
The first episode of Rajeev Khandelwal and Kritika Kamra’s Reporters went on air today and we are mighty impressed with the story, characterisation, filming and the concept.
Reporters is touted as a love story set in a newsroom. The show starts with Kabir (Rajeev Khandelwal) talking to a class of journalism students, explaining to them what reporting is and what the hunger for news means. Kabir is one of the top journalists in the city who is known for his networking, his promptness for great news and the rules he bends to get it. Ananya Kashyap (Kritika Kamra) is a junior reporter, who like any other journalist is earnest and one day hopes to create a difference with the work she does. She is a fan of Kabir and his work; and aspires to do great work like him one day. The field of journalism is a cut throat industry where there is no room for errors, mediocrity and emotions; exactly what Kabir preaches and does.
Every actor has been cast with great precision and one can expect only great performances from each one of them. Rajeev showcases the hold over his position as one of the top journalists in the country with ease. In the classroom his stance and body language exudes the power to keep you engaged and at work he has the attitude to get the right news without being beat by competition. Kritika gives you a glimpse into the life of a newbie reporter. She shows off a desire to learn from the best beautifully. While she still comes across as a little chirpy like her character in Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, she showcases the hunger to prove herself as a reporter correctly. The sets of the show don’t look over the top, unlike most shows. The makers have kept the show as real as possible – from the sets, to the life of a journalist to the politics outside the newsroom. Goldie Behl has given the show a very international feel. There is this once dialogue that Kabir says at the end of the first episode which sets the pace of Reporters – Sachai, achai aur kamyabi kabhi saath nehi chal sakte (Truth, goodness and success can never go hand in hand).
Frankly, there is very little once can criticise about. The scene where Ananya climbs on top of the desk to make a point seems a little too over the top and something very unlike what a reporter would do. The background music in the show could have been much better and catchy. And just half an hour for a show like this seems a little too less.
Reporters gives a very international feel, has great performances and a brilliant storyline for now. It’s an ideal soap to invest in emotionally for viewers who are looking for good quality shows in India.
3.5 out of 5
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