Wanted 'Scoop' to be different from other prison dramas, says writer Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul

Updated: May 26 2023 3:28PM

Mumbai, May 26 (PTI) Writer Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul says the biggest challenge while writing the upcoming Hansal Mehta-directed series "Scoop" was to ensure the treatment did not resemble other prison-set shows and movies.

"Scoop", the six-part Netflix series, is inspired by journalist Jigna Vora's 2019 biographical book “Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison”. In 2011, Vora was accused of killing journalist J Dey but was later acquitted by court. "When I first read it, I felt this is (set in a) prison, how do we make it different from (American drama) ‘Orange is (The New) Black’ or ‘Ek Hasina Thi’ (film), how do you get out of that mould?” Mrunmayee, known for co-writing “Thappad”, told PTI in an interview.

The writer, who is the daughter of late actor Reema Lagoo, said she realised that her story will mostly focus on the life of undertrials.