The Broken News Season 2 Review: A Familiar Narrative

In the ongoing feud beyond the newsroom, Radha confronts her personal struggles amid Awaaz Bharati and Josh 24x7. Directed by Vinay Waikul, starring Sonali Bendre, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Shriya Pilgaonkar.

General Rating

In a nut-shell:

A Familiar Narrative

The Broken News Season 2 Star Cast/ Actors: Jaideep Ahlawat as Dipankar Sanyal, Sonali Bendre as Amina Qureshi, Shriya Pilgaonkar as Radha Bhargav, Indraneil Sengupta as Pankaj Awasti & more.

The Broken News Season 2 Director: Vinay Waikul

The Broken News Season 2 Release Date: May 03, 2024

The Broken News Season 2 Available On: Zee5

The Broken News Season 2 Released/ Available In Languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu

The Broken News Season 2 Number Of Episodes: 8

The Broken News Season 2 Episode Duration: 40 minutes (approx each episode)

The Broken News Season 2 Critic Review:

Propaganda journalism, regime change agenda and the eternal tussle between TRPs and ethics, take over the lives of those who man the TV studios. With profit as the bottom-line for some.

Dipankar Sanyal (Jaideep Ahlawat), the big boss and celebrity anchor of TV channel Josh 24/7, is back.

Amina Qureshi (Sonali Bendre) of rival channel Awaaz Bharti is around too, valiantly fighting to “sell the truth”.

But it’s brash young Radha Bhargav (Shriya Pilgaonkar) who’s getting all the eyeballs as she gets bail in a contentious legal case but won’t back off. Sounding like a few real-life names that’ve been incarcerated for Naxal links, she backs the opposition, guns for the Chief Minister and vows to change the “system”. There’s an Operation Umbrella that has Josh and Bharti looking at it differently. And there’s a new mystery revolving around a discovery by a geologist who has committed “suicide”.

Season 2 is awash with all the jargon associated with news today.

Each media house calls the other a propaganda journalist, little noticing that the heat of political favouritism has morphed into a personal battle between Dipankar and Radha. Looking on is Amina who continues to stay alarmed as information is disseminated differently today and, though a staunch Dipankar opponent, she won’t allow Radha to take a personal battle to national TV.

Words like “Maoists” and “anti-nationals” are bandied around while “edit meets” are held with intercuts to show how the teams at Josh and at Awaaz Bharti differ in their approach.

Director Vinay Waikul and writer Sambit Mishra don’t really need to do much research on what’s going on in the studios that dispense news. A superstar who’s taking sides is brought to heel by dragging his son into an unsavoury story. Familiar? Social media commentators hit primetime with their theories. Corporate bosses who’ve nothing to do with journalism and everything to do with profit, call the shots.

Ronnie (Akshay Oberoi) is the new boss at Awaaz Bharti while Josh also gets a new owner. 

A few splashes of personal moments are thrown in for Radha-Ronnie, an interesting twist coming up at the end. Amina has some enforced chemistry with colleague Pankaj Awasti (Indraneil Sengupta) while Dipankar gets the tiresome cliché of an estranged wife and family bonds over ice-cream.

Office intrigues, the dark net, a few killings and a new mystery, impact all three main players – Amina who hits the trail like a reporter, Radha who’s high on aggression chews on a new challenge and the somnolent journalist awakens in Dipankar.

Although it’s territory explored before (especially on shows like Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom), the relatability to Indian news channels makes a connect. Sonali Bendre looks elegant, Shriya Pilgaonkar is youthfully fiery and Jaideep Ahlawat, despite looking half-asleep all the time, has his reliable screen presence.

The Broken News Season 2 – Watch Or Not?: It’s not a massy show but for those who track news on TV, it could be an interesting time-pass.

The Broken News Season 2 Review Score Rating:  2.5 out of 5 (i.e. 2.5/5)

The Broken News Season 2 Official Trailer:

The Broken News Season 2 Official Trailer (Credits: Zee5)

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