Real vs Reel: Is The Broken News S2 a true story based on rivalry between Mumbai-based news media houses?

Directed by Vinay Waikul, The Broken News S2 features Shriya Pilgaonkar, as Radha Bhargava, Jaideep Ahlawat as Dipankar Sanyal, Sonali Bendre, as Amina Qureshi, and more in the leading roles.

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After the success of its season 1, The Broken News S2 was released on Zee5 on May 3, 2024. Ever since its release, The Broken News S2 has been receiving major appreciation from fans and critics on social media. Directed by Vinay Waikul, The Broken News S2 features Shriya Pilgaonkar, as Radha Bhargava, Jaideep Ahlawat as Dipankar Sanyal, Sonali Bendre, as Amina Qureshi, Akshay Oberoi as management executive Ranjeet Sabharwal, Taaruk Raina as Anuj Saxena, Dinkar Sharma, as Nandan Balachandran and more in the leading roles. The Broken News S2 revolves around the rivalry between two major media houses based in Mumbai and how the journalists of today opt for different approaches to present or sell the news.  The storyline sounds much more familiar in terms of reality and therefore the question arises whether The Broken News S2 is a true story or The Broken News S2 is a real story or not? Below is everything about The Broken News Season 2 True Story- 

 

Is The Broken News S2 a true story?

 

The answer is no. The Broken News S2 is an original story written by Mike Bartlett on two big Indian media houses going head to head over the government's Operation Umbrella which can be used to monitor dubious movements. Talking about real-life references or similarities in The Broken News Season 2, many fans have pointed on social media that the character of Dipankar Sanyal played by Jaideep Ahlawat resembles to famous News Anchor. The news anchor often comes under the scanner of social media for being pro-government or pro-BJP. Furthermore, Operation Umbrella is also somewhat similar to the Pegasus controversy. 

 

For the unversed, Prime Minister Modi-led BJP government was accused of snooping through Israeli software Pegasus. Pegasus is a military-grade spyware which can surveil targets with the help of their phones. In 2021, it was reported that journalists, opposition leaders, government critics, and activists' phone numbers were on a list of presumed Pegasus targets.  Forensic tests on various devices by Amnesty International’s Security Lab also revealed that some activists and journalists’ phones had the spyware active.

 

In response, the Supreme Court appointed a committee, which probed allegations of unauthorised use of Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus software for surveillance. The SC-formed committee found no conclusive evidence on the use of the spyware in phones examined by it but noted that the Central Government 'has not cooperated' with the panel.


It is pertinent to mention here that the makers have not claimed or stated that The Broken News Season 2 is a true story. However, fans on social media are drawing parallels from real-life journalists. 

 

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