There's a show about Reporters on TV

  • Zehra Kazmi, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2015 14:44 IST

(So far) It is one of those rare entities on TV that is *gasp* not set within the char-deewari and the parivaar. Reporters on Sony revolves around firebrand TV reporter Kabir Sharma (Rajeev Khandelwal) and rookie reporter Ananya Kashyap (Kritika Kamra), who look headed for a first-we-clash-then-we-romance storyline.

Nobody expects The Newsroom-level intricacy of plot, but even with lowered expectations, we were disappointed with what we saw. Here’s what must happen to make sure we don’t sign off:

Make better trailers.
Here’s what happened in the promo: Ananya tells Kabir you can’t simply make up news. He decides to prove otherwise. He kisses her on prime time, gets slapped, then tells the audience that a nari’s answer to forced acts of this kind should always be a ringing slap. At this point, perhaps the audience is supposed to yell hurrah for women’s empowerment, but those of us blessed with a brain are just appalled at sexual harassment masquerading as ‘news’.

Add depth to cardboard characters.
Star reporter Kabir Sharma is supposed to be a cross between TV news’s biggest draws: Arnab Goswami and Rajdeep Sardesai. Sounds like a crackling character, but Khandelwal’s clipped accent and dense dialogue make him seem too contrived. The other characters – a channel owner’s daughter who holds a managerial position; a sleazy, corrupt anchor (who reminds one of a certain someone on TV); and a ruthless editor – need to be more than just mannequins to make an impact.

Some logic would be nice.Here’s an ‘expose’: a married politician is forcing a young girl to marry him. Ananya, cameraman in tow, sneaks into his bungalow, points a conspicuously large camera through a window, escapes the angry security men by feeding them a story about looking for a rare insect (genius, right?) and comes back with footage clearer than the picture quality of my HD television. Bit much?

Borrow plots from real life. Or get inspired by American shows like The Good Wife, which give a fictional spin to real-life events. We are living in a world of shrill 24/7 news, a time when the nation wants to know, #Presstitutes trends on Twitter, there are scandals galore and citizen journalism is emerging with a vengeance. In this scenario, what excuse does Reporters have to serve tepid plots? Because, let’s face it, (real-life) reporters may be a lot of things, but they aren’t boring.

From HT Brunch, April 22
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