Poacher: A quest of a woman investigator

February 20, 2024
Poacher: A quest of a woman investigator, is a gripping investigative crime series which unearths the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history.

In the plethora of content available for audiences, very few characters make a mark in the audience’s mind, and seldom, it is a female character, especially in a cop role. However, with Richie Mehta helming a project, a trend seems to be emerging with a female character at the heart of it, be it Vartika Chaturvedi in ‘Delhi Crime’ or Mala Jogi in ‘Poacher’. Known for his signature style of investigative storytelling, Richie Mehta develops his characters to match the pace of his engaging narratives.

While ‘Poacher’ is a perfect example of an ensemble show, the character of Forest Range Officer Mala Jogi truly stands out, and played aptly by highly acclaimed and appreciated actor Nimisha Sajayan.

As a forest range officer in the Kerala Forest Department, Mala (played by Nimisha) is deeply committed to combating wildlife crime. This commitment is aggravated due to her father’s past involvement in wildlife crime. Fueled by a strong desire to atone for her father’s sins, she is prepared to surpass conventional boundaries in her relentless pursuit to investigate and prevent such criminal activities.

The manner in which Richie Mehta envisions and brings to screen powerful female characters has been path-breaking. His female protagonists are powerful, fearless, willing to take risks, and challenge the world. Based on true events, and inspired by real-life characters ‘Poacher’ is a gripping investigative crime series which unearths the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history. What very few know is that Nimisha’s character Mala is based on several individuals Richie met during the research of the series, specifically- Manu Sathyan, DCF of Kerala Forest Department, who played a pivotal role in the real-life operation.

Well, Richie’s latest creation is just a couple of days from its global launch. ‘Poacher’ uncovers the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history. It is an 8-episode crime series featuring a talented cast including Nimisha Sajayan, Roshan Mathew, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya in pivotal roles.

‘Poacher’ is produced by Oscar-winning production company QC Entertainment and created, written, and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Richie Mehta, with Alia Bhatt as Executive Producer of the series.

‘Poacher’ will be available to stream on Prime Video on February 23, 2024.

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