Filmmaker Bhatkal directs show for NDTV

MUMBAI: Hindi news channel NDTV India has forayed into fiction based programming with the launch of Bombay Lawyers, a mini-series based on inspiring legal cases related to corruption, crime, nepotism and social ills rampant in India.

Bombay Lawyers is written and directed by filmmaker Satyajit Bhatkal, who has directed Chale Chalo: The Lunacy Of Film-Making? that was selected for the Indian Panorama at IFFI Goa, 2005. The English version of Chale Chalo called Madness in the Desert won a National Award and was invited to the Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland.

The lawyers in the programme will be played by theatre and television personalities like Meeta Vashisht, Murli Sharma, Rushad Rana, Jyoti Dogra and Kadambari Kadam.

The mini series will be aired every Saturday starting 21 July at 10 pm.

Bhatkal 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, a channel with an unparalleled reputation for its credibility and responsibility towards contemporary social issues. The channel 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.”

NDTV India managing editor Dibang said, “The launch of Bombay Lawyers on NDTV India is in tune with the social vision and responsibility that distinguishes the channel from the rest. 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.”