Scam 2003 The Telegi Story

Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story Review: Gagan Dev Riar Shines, but Show Falls Short of Part One's Charm

In every franchise, living up to expectations in the second sequel is the most difficult aspect, and it’s even more difficult if the first part was a great hit, as was the case with the case with Hansal Mehta and Jay Mehta’s directed scam of 1992. Now, nearly three years later, this applause-worthy franchise, supported by Applause Entertainment, Studio Next, and SonyLIV, has returned with a new story revolving around Abdul Karim Telgi, the mastermind behind India’s biggest stamp paper scandal. While Hansal is making a comeback to the show this time as a showrunner, film producer Tushar Hiranandani has directed Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story. Since both stories fall under the same franchise, comparisons are only natural. So, does it live up to the standards set by the first part? Read on to find out…


Abdul Karim Telgi is an ambitious and educated individual who wants to make it big in life, but circumstances don’t allow him to progress until he gets an opportunity to go to Mumbai. After relocating to Maximum City, he witnesses a transformation in his life, and later, with the intention of earning more money, he ventures into foreign countries as well. However, fate brings him back to the country after a few years – and this time, he returns not to earn money, but with the purpose of making money. Thus, he starts his career in forgery, beginning with creating fake passports and eventually getting involved in the high-stakes world of counterfeit stamp paper. What happens next, you’ll have to watch in the show.

What's New?

Inspired by real-life events and Sanjay Singh’s book – ‘Telgi Scam: Reporter’s Diary,’ Scam 2003 takes you into the world of crime, where authors Kiran Yajnopavit, Kedar Patankar, and Karan Vyas have created a gripping crime thriller. As a viewer, it’s a fast-paced, thrilling story with the promise the show makes in the first episode and takes the story swiftly from one crucial turn to another. Kudos to the producers for doing so as it keeps your audience engaged and invested.

Using the original title subject of Scam 1992 as a reference point was a smart move because it helps the viewers instantly recall the brilliance of the first installment, benefiting the franchise’s second part. Additionally, the show is rooted in a bygone era, and cinematographer Stanley Mudda’s lens and production designer Madhusudan N’s art transport you back in time. While costume designer Arun J Chauhan does justice to his work, Mukesh Chhabra’s casting is spectacular.


Gagan Dev Riar is outstanding in the role of Abdul Karim Telgi, and his brilliant performance in Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story will earn him plenty of applause. Anyone can see the honesty in his acting, and it’s evident that he thoroughly enjoyed portraying this character. Supporting actors such as Bhavna Balasar, Bharat Jadhav, Shashank Ketkar, and Sameer Dharmadhikari shine in their roles.

Scam 2003 The Telgi Story

Final Verdict

Scam 2003 – The Telgi Story is honest in its approach and has succeeded in revitalizing Telgi’s world alongside this crime drama. However, it lacks the charm of its predecessor – Scam 1992. Hansal Mehta had humanized Harshad Mehta’s character, allowing the audience to connect with his journey, especially his mistakes. I couldn’t help but recall the treatment of Abdul Karim Telgi’s story in the same way.

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