Abdul Karim Telgi…. This title might hardly ring a bell among the many Gen Z. However for many others, this title turned synonymous within the early 2000s for what would change into the most important stamp paper rip-off in India. It’s this rip-off involving Telgi that Hansal Mehta’s newest internet collection Rip-off 2003 on Sony LIV throws gentle on.
In 2020, Mehta launched Rip-off 1993, which instructed the story of small time inventory dealer Harshad Mehta who makes it massive on the Dalal Road solely to be ultimately caught for his unlawful insider buying and selling means he used to make crores.
Rip-off 2003 relies on the e book Telgi Rip-off: Reporters Diary. It begins off in a nondescript hamlet of Khanapur in Karnataka the place Abdul Karim Telgi, makes a residing by promoting fruits on the prepare, regardless of being a graduate. Residing by the facet of the tracks in a shanty, he desires of at some point having a agency roof over his head.
An opportunity encounter with a person on the prepare lands him in Mumbai, the town of desires. And it’s right here that Telgi chases his desires, from beginning off as a supervisor of a visitor home to ultimately changing into the kingpin of what would change into the nation’s largest stamp paper rip-off that burnt a gap value hundreds of crore within the authorities’s exchequer and led to the resignation of then deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.
Telgi all the time desires to do larger issues in life. And regardless of his preliminary setbacks, his confidence does not appear to have shaken. As he says on a number of events, “mujhe paise kamane nahi hain, banane hain” (I don’t need to earn cash, however generate profits). How he goes about it and ultimately makes crores promoting faux stamp papers, making buddies alongside the best way and managing the system together with bureaucrats, politicians and ministers alike is the story of Rip-off 2003.
Total the online collection makes for a gripping story. However, it’s fairly sluggish to take off. The story begins with the shot of Telgi present process a narco evaluation take a look at. However, from there the administrators Mehta and Tushar Hiranandani transport us to Khanapur and the primary couple of episodes slowly revolve round Telgi’s life within the village, his transfer to Mumbai and his preliminary struggles there. The story picks up tempo from the third episode (there are 5) and can make you need to watch additional how the rip-off unfolds and the way Telgi manages to maintain everybody from the corridors of Mantralaya to the federal government’s printing press in Nashik completely happy.
The online collection has wonderful performances from actors like Bharat Jadhav, Mukesh Tiwari, Shashank Ketkar, Sameer Dharmadikari, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Nandu Madhav and Bhavana Balsawar. They shine within the restricted display screen time they get. However they’re all facet reveals.
The story is all concerning the protagonist Abdul Karim Telgi performed by Gagan Dev Riar. Even his spouse performed by Sana Amin Sheikh has little to do. He options in virtually each scene within the internet collection and has completed an excellent job portraying Telgi. By no means as soon as will we really feel he’s going overboard or over appearing as he goes about desirous about the subsequent massive factor.
The catchy music, we first heard in Rip-off 1993, additionally options right here and retains us hooked to the story.
This internet collection is instructed from the eyes of Abdul Karim Telgi and must be in your watch checklist. You could really feel bored, particularly within the preliminary episodes. However cling in there and ultimately it is going to preserve you engrossed and intrigued on what comes subsequent.
Present: Rip-off 2003: The Telgi Story
Directed by: Tushar Hiranandani and Hansal Mehta
Streaming on: Sony LIV