When film director Satyajit Bhatkal approached NDTV with the concept of starting a mini reality-based fiction series, the television network took it up with the hope of starting yet another current affairs programme. NDTV India has launched ‘Bombay Lawyers’, a mini-series written and directed by Bhatkal. The series will consist of 13 episodes, to begin with.
The mini-series is a collection of fictional shows based on real legal cases related to corruption, crime, nepotism and social ills, enacted by lawyers in the programme and played by television and theatre personalities like Meeta Vashisht, Murli Sharma, Rushad Rana, Jyoti Dogra and Kadambari Kadam.
The series also tries to get a perspective on both sides of the debate that it springs up through each episode. The mini-series will be aired every Saturday starting from July 21 at 10 pm, and each episode will last for an hour, dealing with two cases. The show is centred on Roy and Raghavan, which is a firm of lawyers who are committed to working with integrity and dedication, and against injustice in all its forms.
Satyajit Bhatkal, writer and director of ‘Bombay Lawyers’, said, “The programme is a courtroom drama about real issues, real people and real conflicts, but in the emotional grammar of fiction. I am delighted to work with NDTV, which enjoys a very wide viewership, and I am thrilled at the prospect of the show getting a platform of this magnitude to reach out to society at large.”
Dibang, Managing Editor, NDTV India, said, “The launch of ‘Bombay Lawyers’ on NDTV India is in tune with the social vision and responsibility that distinguishes our channel. The show is in sync with our ideology of ‘Jubaan pe sach, dil mein India’. The mini-series is part of our endeavour to present to our viewers a socially responsible programme without any sensationalism and obscenity.”
Raj Nayak, CEO, NDTV Media, said, “I would like to congratulate the team of ‘Bombay Lawyers’ for a concept and programme that was never seen before on Indian television. It has been NDTV’s endeavour to bring to its viewers innovative and contemporary programmes closely related to social issues. We have received encouraging response from the advertisers, who have shown keen interest on NDTV’s foray into fiction-based programming.”