From the badlands of interior Jharkhand, few teenage kids ace in the art of conning people by calling up and getting their debit and credit card details. At the outset, you will mock at the foolishness of the victims giving away such critical personal banking details; but having spent a decade at senior levels in the banking industry, I can assure you.. it is rank easy to con people globally. The lure power of greed is always too hard to resist! Netflix’s latest offering is a hard hitting true tale of low lying juvenile criminals, the layered webs they get trapped into and the system’s helplessness in catching them.
Jamtara – Sabka Number Aayega‘s strength lies in very strong performances, pacey story, humanizing the criminal characters and the conflicts in real to life rural India. Aside the new SP (a refreshingly fiesty Aksha Pardasany) each character is shown making bad life choices as the only means to make it big. Particularly chilling is the climax when you want the girl to run away with the money but she keeps coming back for her ‘more criminal’ partner. Despite being shot in rural India, the ladies have significant roles to play…starting with a mother who always sides with a drug addict son than with her earning daughter or the young girls who demand reverse dowry for marriage (ie the boys pay dowry).
Jamtara is pure Ram Gopal Varma (the mid-90s one) meets Anurag Kashyap meets Tighmanshu Dhulia show. The genre or is it’s intensity isn’t meant for everyone. Despite a very low gore factor, this one will be appreciated most by Gangs of Wasseypur, Mirzapur, Rangbaaz Phirse clan of fans. Also it’s lack of star power may turn off star thirsty Indian viewers. If you can cross these barriers, then Amit Sial (good to see him upgraded from side villain to main villain), Dibyendu Bhattacharya, writer Trishant Srivastava and director Soumendra Padhi absolute make it worth your Covid lockdown time and Netflix subscription money!
IMDB Viewers Current Rating: 7.5/10