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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:23 am

Reporters Review: Someone send Rajeev Khandelwal's serial DVDs of the Newsroom
by Rajyasree Sen Apr 15, 2015 11:57 IST

The first episode of Sony’s new fiction show on journalists, Reporters, was followed by the first episode of the new season of Mad Men on Star World Premiere. One recreates the world of current day journalists in India, which should be pretty easy to research and recreate. The other recreates the world of advertising in America in the ’70s, which one would assume would be far more difficult to get right. Watching these two shows back to back felt like going from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Reporters is the second show this month to focus on the media. The first was Those Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls, which if compared to Reporters, seems like an award-winning documentary show. Reporters is one of those programmes that makes a case for Indian serials steering clear of originality and instead, faithfully copying foreign serials. By the end of the first two episodes – 44 minutes of my life which will never return – I felt like speed posting the entire DVD collection of The Newsroom to director Goldie Behl and his scriptwriters. And gifting actor Rajeev Khandelwal some Isabgol.


With all that is happening in Indian media today – corporates buying media houses, editors jumping ship, digital news outlets mushrooming like zits on Adrian Mole’s face, editors not being able to separate their journalism from their politics, everyone hating on Arnab Goswami, journalists whining and fighting on Twitter in equal measure - you would think that writing a show on Indian journalism would be the easiest thing to do. You simply have to read the news and follow social media for 30 minutes to come up with at least 50 ideas for an episode. Some of them might even be unique.

Unfortunately, it seems that instead of doing any practical research, the scriptwriters of Reporters watched other dodgy Hindi serials for inspiration. As a result, the first episode of Reporters was essentially a mash-up of Diya Aur Bati Hum-meets-India TV.

What stops Indian television scriptwriters, directors and producers from actually studying or even paying perfunctory attention to the subjects on which they’ve decided to make an entire show? Reporters could have been India’s answer to The Newsroom, which was admittedly self-righteous and had its own share of fictional journalism. However, despite its loopholes, it dished out excellent dialogues, debates, scandals and a running commentary on current issues like the rise (and sometimes scourge) of digital media, Occupy Wall Street and that infamous episode (which now seems prophet-like, after Rolling Stone’s retraction) about pre-interviewing a rape victim before carrying her story to ensure she wasn’t making it up. Aside from being topical, every character in The Newsroom was excellently sketched out. In fact Jeff Daniels’s Will McAvoy could be Arnab Goswami’s doppelgänger. Why couldn’t we create a show of a similar calibre?

Admittedly, the tag line of Reporters should have prepared me for what was to come my way. Any show on journalists that uses the slogan, “Khabar…Dil se…Dil tak” is bound to be painful. The posters for the new show had Rajeev Khandelwal and Kritika Kamra, mid-sprint, holding mics in their hand. Are they running away from the show?

From the first episode, we can conclude that Reporters is about not journalism, but the romance that is scheduled to blossom between Khandelwal and Kamra’s characters. Khandelwal is Kabir Sharma, a firebrand reporter/ editor (it is not clear precisely what he is) who appears to head a newspaper called Dilli Kranti. He also gives guest lectures at the Indian School of Journalism, during which he likens journalism to drug addiction. When a student asks Kabir whether journalists use tricks like a drug addict does in order to get away with addiction, Kabir replies, “Of course they do.”

Woah! Cue dramatic music!

Cut to Ananya (Kritika Kamra) who is a junior reporter in a news channel and hero worships Kabir. The editor of her channel gets screamed at by the owner for doing a human interest story. This is followed by one of the news producers flirting with the news anchor, who lets the viewer know that the amorous news producer (who doesn’t really seem to have a proper role in the news room) is actually the daughter of the man who owns the channel.

By the way, the news anchor looks startlingly like Zee News’ Sudhir Chaudhary (and in the second episode displays similar ethics as him). He also tells the news channel owner’s daughter that he’ll cook her chicken at night and that he has a bottle of wine at home. Gripping, gritty journalism, this is.

Meanwhile, Ananya gets a tip-off that a married minister is getting married to a young girl against her wishes. She and her cameramen reach the farmhouse where this dubious wedding is taking place and there, Ananya spots Kabir with his camera, clearly investigating the same story. (An editor taking his own pictures? How Sanjoy Narayan-like.)

The episode ends with Ananya and cameraman getting caught by the minister’s guards, while Kabir walks off into the night. He’s last seen playing catch with what seems to be the negatives of the pictures he took. What he’s doing with negatives in the age of digital cameras, no one knows. Maybe he just keeps a roll of film in his pocket for nostalgia value, and to look cool while walking away from farmhouses.

Kabir says a very prescient sentence at one point in Reporters: “Sachai, achhai aur kamyabi kabhi saath nehi chal sakte.” Whether or not that is true of journalism, it certainly does seem to sum up Reporters.

In all fairness, the show improved in the second episode. Ananya’s story is killed by the amorous news anchor, who leaks it to the bigamous politician. The politician ensures the scandalous story is dropped. However, Kabir, being the journalist extraordinaire that he is, carries the story on the front page of Dilli Kranti, only to have his newspaper’s office attacked by goons.

After the entire office has been gutted and his colleagues have been injured, Kabir announces he’s decided to join the channel where Ananya works. A real team player obviously. Why the shift from newspaper to television news? Kabir says he wants to be where “power” is — you’d think he might want to ponder on that point considering Dilli Kranti used his story on page one while the news channel squashed the same story, but god forbid the journalists in Reporters actually think through things.

Meanwhile, Ananya rushes to cover the attack on the Dilli Kranti office and meets Kabir. She is too shy to question him on camera. This is when we’re supposed to fall in love with them. He’s a self-serving, perpetually-unsmiling journalist. She’s a lovestruck novice. How can you possibly resist these characters’ charm?

Despite the improved storyline of the second episode, there is not much in Reporters that seems factual. Whether it’s the television journalists’ makeup room or the way reporters from news channels record something surreptitiously, or the portrayal of media magnates (they don’t really practice their golf putt in their office during prime time news), everything in the show is fiction and often, it’s also laughable. Why does Kabir, a star editor who runs an entire newspaper, not have a cameraman or a spycam? Why are there no edit meetings? Why do junior reporters zoom off to cover a story with their cameraman without being briefed by their editors? Why is the news channel owner’s secret lover cooking her only chicken at night? Not only is this fictional, it’s also badly written. You simply don’t end up caring for the issues or the characters.

The only silver lining is that at least Reporters made some attempt at showing the journalist-politician nexus that is prevalent in India. Also, wittingly or unwittingly, it shows the love that many print journalists have for being on camera. Unfortunately, both these points are tangential, and the focus is on Khandelwal looking pie-faced into the camera while the doe-eyed Kamra gazes adoringly at him.

Instead of pretending to be "hard-hitting", maybe it would be wiser for TV producers to stick to what they’re good at – emotional family dramas that strike a deadly balance between sexism and over-acting. Ekta Kapoor has made an art out of it after all and is laughing her way to the bank for decades now. Goldie Behl may have been wise to follow in her footsteps. For Khandelwal’s sake, I hope this show does more for him than Behl’s last magnum opus, Drona, did for Abhishek Bachchan’s career.

You can watch Reporters from Mon-Thurs at 9pm on Sony.

http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/reporters-review-someone-send-rajeev-khandelwals-serial-dvds-newsroom-2197016.html
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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:29 am

Everything Reporters Got Wrong About Reporting
There’s a new Indian TV drama on the world of journalism and it gets most of its facts wrong.
Posted by Manisha Pande
| Apr 14, 2015 in Criticles



Someday we will get an authentic portrayal of journalists in popular Indian culture that goes beyond showing them as pompous fools or bleeding-heart activists. That day is not today.
For now, we will just have to make do with TV programming that uses shoddy scripting and jarring camera work to mislead viewers into thinking those are the exact kind of people who make it to the profession. Reporters, a new Sony Entertainment Television (SET) series, scores full marks on that account.

The fictional series that premiered yesterday has actors Rajeev Khandelwal (as Kabir) and Kritika Kamra (as Ananya) play the archetype TV reporters to cringe-inducing perfection. Kabir is a ruthless news reporter who furnishes a gamcha and a Haryanvi accent to stand him in good stead while chasing a story. Ananya is a goody-two-shoes who’s happy to threaten people with the “hum-press-waale-hain” refrain to get the breaking story of the day.
The series, as its YouTube channel informs us, will be about the two protagonists eventually falling in love despite being on the “opposite sides of the debates on ethics [sic].” Which is surprising because neither seemed to show any professional or ethical integrity at least in the first episode.
Since Reporters kicks off in a classroom at a journalism school with Kabir waxing poetic on news, we have a sneaking suspicion that the show will not just stick to the familiar TV terrain of showcasing corny love stories, but also masquerade as a real portrayal of the world of journalism. Which is dangerous considering TV’s power in shaping perceptions – people, for instance, actually ask Mohit Raina for “darshan” for his portrayal of Lord Shiva in the TV series Devon Ke Dev Mahadev.

We thought we’d tell you everything Reporters got wrong about reporting and reporters so you view it only for what it’s meant to be – just another love story that’s got nothing to do with journalism and could very well have been set against the backdrop of a hospital or corporate law firm instead of a newsroom. Because who cares about content when you can just do with copying the format.
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News is not nasha. No. Just No.
In the opening scene, Kabir is introduced to a class-full of beaming students as “journalism ki misaal”. He goes on to tell them “khabarein nasha hain” and that a successful journalist must know that selling nasha is no easy task.
News is anything but nasha. Like any other profession, journalism can get more dreary than heady on most days. Being on the beat, getting sources to talk, chasing that elusive babu or minister for quotes, convincing your editor about your stories requires skill inculcated over the years by being on the job. Sure, every once in a while comes a story that will have the thrill quotient to help you get your mojo back. But it won’t happen if you go around living up some grandiose ideas of nasha as the necessary element of news.

No room for Jhansi Ki Ranis
The second frame has Ananya seeking justice for patients at a hospital during the course of an assignment. Her cameraperson later calls her Jhansi Ki Rani and advises her to stick to news instead of starting a revolution. Great advice. She doesn’t take it and we see her chasing stories through the episode with a righteous zeal that would be cured within a week of her working in a real news organisation. Ananya does the classic activist act that most seasoned editors would warn you against and won’t tolerate.

There’s more to reporting than clandestine shooting
Good reporting, which may at times involve investigation, is rarely about shooting people without their knowledge. Some of the best investigative stories happen after reporters put in immense effort in getting the paper trail right, connecting the dots, relentlessly following up and researching. It will rarely be about standing outside some politician’s house to shoot or record them without their knowledge. That’s not very ethical and can get you into serious trouble if the politician is actually up to something shady or criminal, like forcing a girl to marry him in this episode.

We’re nice to our colleagues
Towards the end of the first episode, Kabir tells on Ananya while she goes about shooting the forced marriage story, presumably out of professional rivalry so only he has the news. We don’t know how that ends but that’s something no journalist would do. Sure, there’s healthy rivalry and the news business can often get competitive, but most journalists share notes, help new people on the beat with contacts and are generally not very territorial about routine news. And if it’s an exclusive, we don’t go to the extent of jeopardising the security of a colleague to get it.

Sacchai and kaamyabi
By the end, we have Kabir back at the J-school telling students that “sacchai, acchai aur kamyabi kabhi dost nahin ban sakte”. Well, we don’t know about acchai, but sacchai at least is important when it comes to being successful in journalism. You can’t go very far deceiving or lying your way to success as a reporter. Sooner or later someone will call your bullshit.


http://www.newslaundry.com/2015/04/14/everything-reporters-got-wrong-about-reporting/
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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:53 pm

Reporters : The show is a big step towards the new age television. *Review*


Indian television is changing in its approach to the world around.It is no more confined to a purely fictional world but is accepting the realistic world around.Reporters is a big step towards the new age television.It is not easy to a show such a controversial topic but its the first ever show which took that risk. The concept will attract you and that says a lot about the show in general.

The very first episode where Kabir Sharma played by Rajeev Khandelwal is shown delivering a guest lecture. A brilliant actor; the first episode itself will tell you why he is loved so much. And then comes the entry of stunning Kritika Kamra playing a trainee journalist Ananya Kashyap. A bubbly character portrayed so effortlessly by the actor will make you say that 'She is back with a bang'. The actors have slipped right into the skin of the characters and makes their part look real. Apart from the main leads all the other supporting characters also make their presence felt as every character has its own story portraying different shades of Journalism.

Its interesting to watch the reality of the world behind news channel.The problems faced by the journalist...The ups & down. Overall its a never seen before subject on Indian TV which makes it an interesting watch and easy connect for the audience. In short Reporter a package of all the things present in right proportion i.e to the point. With the coming episodes it sure is going to be more interesting and it's an edgy watch which will keep the views glued to their the TV screens.

Reporters is here to stay and will prove as turning point in Indian television.

By : Taranjeet Kaur
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http://www.tellytadka.net/reporters-show-big-step-towards-new-age-television-review/
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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:37 am

I am really happy to see such good comments about the show. Rajeev is a real superstar. star star
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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:41 pm

Reporters' Review: The desi newsroom
Monday, 20 April 2015 - 7:31am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition
Chaya Unnikrishnan

A change from the routine fare on Indian television.




Show: Reporters
Stars: ***
Channel: Sony TV
Air time: Thursday, 9 pm


The show is calledreporters but it is not based on the average pen pushing journos. It is about reporting on television, which is a whole different world. The show is perhaps India's nod to America's political drama series Newsroom. Rajeev Khandelwalwho made the transition to films, and had stayed away from TV, returning with a serial is a coup of sorts. Kritika Kamra opposite him makes for a fresh pairing. Add to it the promo that had Rajeev kissing Kritika and her slapping him to prove that news can be created instantly brought the concept of the show to the fore. I was ready for some high-voltage drama in the newsroom, exciting reportage and breakthrough content. However, though the show has its elements in place it isn't what I expected.


What it's about: Kabir Sharma, an intelligent but ruthless print journalist can't wait to make the transition to electronic media, which he thinks will give him more power. His wish is fulfilled when Khalid of KKN offers him the job of editor-in-chief. At KKN is Ananya Kashyap, a trainee reporter who idolises Kabir for his fiery and fearless reporting. Also, like every intern, she is idealistic and passionate about exposing the injustices in the society. In contrast is Manav, a power crazy reporter, who will go to any extent, even having an affair with the owner's daughter. As for his credibility, he has none. He tips off a politician about a negative story the channel is planning to show and get it dropped. Amidst all this, a romantic track between the Kabir and Ananya is imminent.


What's good: For the first time, we have got a serial set in a TV newsroom that delves into the lives of journalists, the pressures and the rivalries. The first episode packed in a lot of stuff from Ananya creating a scene in the hospital to get the truth out about a pregnant lady's woes of reaching a hospital due to a barricade thanks to a minister's visit, the channel owner sacking the editor for not getting ratings, Kabir giving a lecture to a class of journalists - equating news to nasha, and a minister with three grown-up children marrying a girl half his age. The narrative is fast-paced and interesting. Kritika as the idealistic start-up TV journo, who shares an extremely casual equation with her cameraman is bang-on. Rajeev looks every bit the arrogant, ruthless journalist who thrives on power, but he does need to loosen up a bit. Good production values. The characters are interesting, there is a lot of drama and for the layman a peek into the world of news.


What's not: The subsequent episodes haven't kept up with the first action-packed first one. Even the episode about a hotel raid in which an actress is caught in a sex racket reminiscent of a real case that rocked industry not so long ago was tame. All we were shown was Kabir getting a tip-off, telling his team that he is getting a big scoop for the nine-o'-clock news. The team has no idea what it is and even as Kabir reads it, the team is waiting for the footage. As he calls for a break, he tells the anxious team that his stringer has uploaded and the pictures are flashed. Each one seems to be working in isolation rather than as a team! Emphasis should have been on how the reporters go about unearthing news, coordinating with their editors and team members in the studio, etc and not just sensational news or exposes. But it's early days perhaps we will see that in the coming episodes.


Verdict: Definitely a change from the routine fare on TV, but needs to focus more on news gathering rather than breaking news.

Link- http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report-reporters-review-the-desi-newsroom-2078851
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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:19 pm

On the Loose: Tabloid Tales
Written by Namrata Zakaria | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2015 8:42 am


rajeev khandelwal, kritika kamra Reporters doesn’t push any boundaries (so far) or address any of the existential questions plaguing journalists these days, mainly their relevance in the digital age.


Reporters, a new TV drama on Sony launched last week with the tagline: Khabar Dil Se.. Dil Tak. Earnestness aside, a newsroom can be full of adrenaline, bringing together the thrill of chasing a story and the race to break it first. Journalism, at its core, does subscribe to the elusive ideal of searching for truth. It’s surprising it took a storyteller so long to tap into this environment for inspiration. Maybe, producers have finally tired of the saas-bahu formula or dare we hope, India’s TV watching audience has matured to appreciate an entirely new backdrop.


Reporters doesn’t push any boundaries (so far) or address any of the existential questions plaguing journalists these days, mainly their relevance in the digital age. In the last decade, the industry has lost one-third of its jobs.  All the parents of the 18-year-olds I know don’t seem to think writing reasonably clear sentences about important issues can amount to a real career. So one wonders about the timing of a show with a scribe as hero, considering the profession itself is under siege. In the first episode, we see Kabir (Rajeev Khandelwal), an ambitious star reporter talking to students about his passion for news. Ananya Kashyap (Kritika Kamra) is an enthusiastic newbie, smitten by Kabir (this is TV after all). The firewall between the editorial and business side is carefully constructed with an acerbic and heated exchange between the editor and owner, who is concerned only about TRPs.  So far, so good.

It may be fiction but what is truly incredulous to anyone who’s ever worked in a newspaper or channel is these reporters’ news gathering skills. In an utterly baffling scene, a journalist hops onto a table in a crowded hospital with the camera on and threatens the doctor for keeping a patient waiting. In another, they scale walls to enter a politician’s home to film him forcing a girl into marriage. Maybe the director, Goldie Bahl, is getting his cues from the current TV news scenario in India since he seems determined to establish the journalist as a self righteous and passionate crusader.
An earlier generation of journalists were cautioned against moral presumption. The rules were to tell it like it is regardless of how you think it should be. This trend of highlighting issues with theatrical outrage instead of plain facts is relatively new. Frighteningly, this new style of reporting has found its way into a fictional depiction where accuracy and objectivity come second to opinion. It’s been a long time since The Insider, that defining film on journalism about an uncompromising producer who fights to air his shattering exposé on the tobacco industry. In the more recent House of Cards, a female newspaper reporter has a pivotal role but it follows the tired cliche of her involvement with a source. The image of a journalist as a slightly shifty and sloppy character of questionable ethics prevails. In the second episode of Reporters Kabir (Khandelwal) quits his job in a paper for the glamour of TV with the rather dramatic line “Jo dikhta hai, woh bikta hai.” The profession may have a diminishing profile but in this case, the truth is way less strange than fiction.


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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:23 pm

Sony TV’s ‘Reporters’ is all rattling bones with no flesh to sink one’s teeth into
First Published on: April 24, 201512:12 am

Set against the backdrop of a media house, it’s a love story of two individuals with contradicting principles.



Written by Jaskiran Kapoor |  Updated: April 24, 2015 9:33 am
Show: Reporters
Channel: Sony
Timing: Monday to Thursday, 9pm
Rating: **


After watching Sony TV’s latest drama Reporters, the only thought that comes to mind is: Where in the world do newsrooms like this exist? Where do reporters get told off for locking lips with a colleague on prime time television, get slapped and turn it around into a public service message — ‘this is how a girl should react to harassment.’ Where do scribes take off with a cameraman to investigate any piece of information without consulting the senior editor?
The makers of the show have clearly not given any importance to research. Srishti Arya and Goldie Behl’s Reporters is all rattling bones with no flesh to sink one’s teeth into. The show fails to recreate the vibrancy of the newsroom and the pace of chasing a story. The buzz and energy that add to the life of a newsroom — the fiery debates and discussions, the pressure of breaking news, and grabbing TRPs — are missing.

Set against the backdrop of a media house, it’s a love story of two individuals with contradicting principles. There is the ambitious know-it-all reporter Kabir Sharma (Rajeev Khandelwal) and the novice with a schoolgirl crush on him, Ananya (Kritika Kamra). Given that laws of attraction are central to any Hindi drama, Behl could’ve done so much with this ‘newsy’ theme, especially when our news channels are thriving with ready made characters and events. But so far we have only been treated to frequent visits to the media house’s make-up room and a journalist-politician nexus.

Reporters could’ve been India’s answer to Aaron Sorkin’s high voltage series, The Newsroom. It could have cut across the cliches to provide a more solid sub text. Instead we get filmi dialogues from Kabir like “khabrein ek nasha hai”, and “Sachai, achhai aur kamyabi, kabhi saath nahi chal sakte.” One does feel a little cheated when Kabir denounces the world of print journalism and shifts his focus to television, where the “power” is. Reporters “khabar… dil se dil tak” is sadly, a little be-khabar.


http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/play/out-of-the-box-break-in-news
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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:26 pm

REPREPORTERS: WHERE’S THE STORY?ORTERS: WHERE’S THE STORY?
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I don’t feel at home with Reporters. The look is too glossy, too unreal. The channel head sports a muffler. The editor Kabir is usually in a jacket (wonder why the tie is missing?.  Ananya, the girl on the field is in designer outfits! The channel office is uncluttered and more like a chummery than a newsroom. Just how swish can we get!

Has anyone has seen the lady reporters on their beat? Barring those covering the party scene, who dress up for the occasion? The girls in the field are dressed in regular prêt- a-porter. Some times their hair is pinned up and before they face the camera to report, it isn’t uncommon for the cameraman or a colleague to remind her to run a brush through and rearrange the dupatta or scarf. The only ones in glad rags on a channel are the weather girl and the show anchors. The men who appear at news hour wear a jacket and a tie, but if only one were to wander into a news studio, the anchor will be probably be dressed up from the waist up, his jeans and  sports shoes are well hidden from the camera.

But no, Reporters has just gloss, and we are waiting for the grime. Sure the news room politics and story killing are part of the profession and the plot. But get real with the ambience and the story. Where is the news story that reporters kill for?  

Whether Kabir Sharma’s character is modeled on a Goswami, Sardesai or Sharma is hardly the question. How authentic is Kabir Sharma’s character? What’s the back story?  The latter was swiftly spun through in the first episode. Kabir Sharma can’t just walk out of one job and into another, as though he is the best journo in town!

If Reporters is to be an attention grabbing series, the makers have to ensure that there are news stories within the plot. So far it’s all newsroom vengeance. Can we please have a better script?

http://thedailyeye.info/reporters-wheres-the-story/
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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:18 am

There's a show about Reporters on TV

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(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.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/breakfastofchampions/there-s-a-show-about-reporters-on-tv/article1-1340702.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: Review of Reporters : Articles   Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:42 pm

Reasons why Reporters is a hot cake
April 29,2015, 01.04 AM  IST | | THE HANS INDIA



The first episode of ‘Reporters’ clears the rumors that the show is inspired from the international series - The Newsroom, but it definitely offers something interesting for the Indian audiences to watch which is different from the saas bahu sagas. 
 
Rajeev Khandelwal and Kritika Kamra’s Reporters can easily be benchmark for future shows, who hope to do something different and creative without getting in the rut.Here are five reasons why the show really impressed us.
 
Rajeev Khandelwal’s comeback to television with this show has been a wise decision. After doing shows like Kahiin Toh Hogaa and Left Right Left, nothing short of perfection is expected from the talented actor. Thankfully the actor delivered that with his performance as Kabir Sharma in Reporters. He exuded a character who is a perfectionist and an ambitious like it’s really him.
 
After doing Kuch Toh Loh Kahenge and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Krtika had sort of vanished from the face of the earth. When we spoke to her recently, Kritika said, “I am being very choosy with the kind of roles I pick up next. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over again. Unless something really challenging comes my way, I don’t want to come back to TV.
 
” Looks like she stuck to her word. Kritika as Ananya is strong headed, fearless and intuitive, but also very impulsive. The actress portrays the desperation to achieve the impossible and challenging with utmost ease. Clearly it was worth the wait to see Kritika play this role.
 
The storyline is not about what’s really happening in the world - so there is no gyaan and no preaching. The show concentrated on the kind of drama that goes on in a newsroom and how stories affect the life of these journalists, the owners, investors and almost everyone behind the camera.
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