Jamtara is the latest original Web series from Netflix India, the first for 2020. Loosely based on a real life story, Jamtara explores the world of phishing scams in the rural parts of India. Jamtara comes after a barrage of big-budget series releases by the video streaming platform in India. Now that critics have streamed the entire Jamtara Season 1, here is a quick review roundup to help you decide whether you should watch it or not.
Jamtara review: Netflix India’s underdog series washes away the stench of recent big-budget failures
Rohan Naahar from Hindustan Times writes, "The juxtaposition of the flawless images that digital cameras produce, and the unpolished environment that they are photographing, also has thematic relevance. But alas, the writing is often far too simplistic by comparison, despite strong central performances across the board. In the six episodes that were provided for preview, the show appeared to be oddly constrained."
Jamtara Review: Our very own desi Narcos that doesn't even need a Pablo Escobar
Shweta Keshri from India Today says, "The Netflix crime thriller will take you back to Narcos, which tells the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and how his drug cartel made Colombia a talking point for the entire world. Jamtara is similar to the Indian mentalscape that way: the economically backward district of Jharkhand came into limelight with the phishing scam."
Jamtara Review (Netflix): Based On Real Life Events, Soumendra Padhi’s Show Will Creep You Out To Pick Any Unknown Number
Shubham Kulkarni from Koimoi writes, "Watch Jamtara to educate yourself of a scam that was held and is still being conducted in your times, just a few hours away from you. This lecture is entertaining, moving, also has some flaws but is important. The end is a cliff-hanger and a signal for a second season. Let’s see if there is any."
Jamtara Review: Does This New Netflix Original Do Justice to a Fascinating Story?
Akhil Arora from NDTV Gadgets says, "For what it's worth, the actors — especially Panwar and Shrivastava — are credible in the roles they are given, and Padhi's direction is largely solid as he brings a refined touch to the proceedings. But their work is undercut by the fact that Jamtara is always in a bit of a rush, what with that half-hour episode length propelling the Netflix series into the next scene, over and over. More importantly, Jamtara betrays a lack of introspection and poignancy."
‘Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega’ review: Netflix series about a phishing scam will have you hooked
Udita Jhunjhunwala from Scroll.in writes, "The characterisation and dynamics of Jamtara land somewhere in the realm of the Anurag Kashyap meets Tigmanshu Dhulia universe. Padhi overcomes the superficial aspects and repetitiveness of the script and the leaning on familiar devices by directing with a distinct style. He crafts crisp episodes (averaging 25 minutes each) with dramatic hooks and mounting tension that urges you to click on “Next episode”."