• 3/5
Average at best

The show tries to recreate the infamous Jamtara phishing scams, which costed numerous Indians their life savings. As intriguing as the plot sounds, the chosen narrative of the story isn’t in fact much compelling. The story doesn't talk about how the scams were executed but chooses to make us see the events from scammers' perspective. However, shallow character development and lack of sufficient context makes it pretty boring pretty soon.

What you will learn is that much like most of our history, poverty and oppression lead to awful things and the juvenile youth of Jamtara is no alien to the consequences of being poor in a casteist society. They figure out their shortcut to getting rich fast by scamming gullible people into spilling bank and debit card details. But that's just one part of the actual malice, which is- a flawed administration, manic lust and bleak realities.

The episodes are on average 25-minute-long which works both in favor and against the show. There is little to no character building, and most of characters feel myopic, insufferable or confusing. What keeps the wavering boat afloat are a few good performances, especially by fresh talents.

The series is an easy watch, with fairly short episodes and a couple 'what happens next moments' every now and then, it manages to just keep you hooked. ‘Jamtara’ is a mediocre crime thriller at best. Don’t go in expecting wonders.