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The Broken News review : Sonali Bendre, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shriya Pilgaonkar’s newsroom drama exposes media’s dark shadows

The Broken News review

Web Show: The Broken News

Director: Vinay Waikul

Cast: Sonali Bendre, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Jaideep Ahlawat, Taaruk Raina

Runtime: 8 Episodes, Around 40 Minutes Each

Streaming On: Zee5

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Story:

The Broken News web series takes us to the depths of the media houses and the politics that goes on within their story. How anyone goes in any way for TRP and story has both good and bad as they have to give best in their work, because the public is more impressed by entertainment and noise. How the story Navigates the lives and struggles of two rival news channels.

Review:

Two big Indian news channels, Awaaz Bharati News, which is led by Amina Qureshi, and Josh 24/7, which is led by Dipankar Sanyal, are competing to bring their audience exciting and breaking news, but on opposing grounds and ideologies. While one channel prefers to broadcast fair and true tales, another prefers to broadcast news regardless of the odds or ethics, even if it means adding a dash of sansani. Both news networks have conflicting values, resulting in a bitter rivalry. Amid this rivalry, Radha Bhargava, a vivacious journalist, tries to establish a balance between her personal and professional lives. Radha encounters her biggest nightmare when she is labeled an anti-nationalist while on her quest for the truth. Is she going to be able to find out the truth? Will she be able to demonstrate her worth?

Sonali Bendre:
Awaaz Bharati News, Sonali Bendre plays Amina Qureshi, the Editor-in-Chief. She is a woman who stands by her principles and will not compromise them, even if it costs a fortune or causes her channel to go bankrupt. Amina is a woman who refuses to budge in the face of unethical news. She is her channel’s moral compass and understands the difference between good and wrong, but she also has a vulnerable side. Sonali Bendre makes a triumphant return in The Broken News, her OTT debut. Sonali performs an excellent job as Editor-in-Chief. She portrays both the fierce and vulnerable sides of her character with ease, allowing you to believe in her struggle and honesty.

Jaideep Ahlawat:
Dipankar Sanyal, played by Jaideep Ahlawat, is the Editor-in-Chief of Josh 24-7 News. He is vicious, swift, and cunning, like a fox. He doesn’t just sell news; he sells tales, and he does so without fear or regret. He broadcasts news for the sake of TRPs rather than to educate the audience. Even if he is at fault, he ensures that everything proceeds smoothly and according to his wishes. He suppresses his emotions and concentrates on the task at hand. As a fearless journalist, Jaideep performs an incredible job.

Shriya Pilgaonkar:
Radha Bhargava, played by Shriya Pilgaonkar, is a combative investigative journalist. Radha is willing to go to any length to discover the truth. She is courageous and will stand up for what she believes in, even if it means her life. Shriya has a firm grip on the narrative and can command attention.

Other members of the supporting cast, such as Indraneil Sengupta as Pankaj Awasthi, Faisal Rashid as Kamal Wadia, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya as Juhi Shergill, Kiran Kumar as Radhe Shyam Bansal, and Taaruk Raina as Anuj Saxena, have given their all in the web series and are genuine to their roles.

Direction/Screenplay:
Director Vinay Waikul, can shed some light on the dark side of journalism and what goes on behind the scenes in a newsroom. I enjoyed how they incorporated politics into journalism, which will most likely be explored further in the second season. Vinay’s characters are so sharp and to the point that when he tries to depict their personal lives, I couldn’t connect with them as I should have. The first season features far too many subplots, giving the impression that it will be followed by another season. Vinay did an excellent job of assembling the jigsaw parts that will be assembled in the coming season.

Verdict:
Overall, The Broken News is a gritty, hard-hitting drama that will have you reaching for the next episode button. It enlightens us on what happens inside a newsroom and how the media sells news. The eight-episode series piqued my interest, but it was also pretty predictable. It ends the season on a cliffhanger, implying that season 2 will be forthcoming.

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