Abhishek Bachchan starer The Big Bull, the fictional retelling of Harshad Mehta’s rise and fall, fails to strike home.
The problem isn’t whether you should see last year’s most-watched, most-acclaimed series on Harshad Mehta, Hansal Mehta’s directorial journey de order The Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story.
Rating: 4 Star
Duration: 2h 34m
Star Cast: Abhishek Bachchan as Hemant Shah, Ileana D’Cruz as Meera Rao, Nikita Dutta as Priya Patil, Sohum Shah as Viren Shah, Mahesh Manjreka as Rana Sawant, Saurabh Shukla as Manu Malpani, Ram Kapoor as Ashok Mirchandani, Supriya Pathak as Ambien
Producer: Ajay Devgn, Anand Pandit
Director: Kookie V Gulati
Editor: Dharmendra Sharma
Cinematographer: Vishnu Rao
Screenplay: Arjun Dhawan
Writer: Kookie V Gulati, Arjun Dhawan
PLUS POINTS :
1) It turns out, and the ‘Big Bull’ is amazed that, while calculating his huge profits margins, the calculator cannot fit the number of zeroes in the final figure onto its tiny screen.
2) Such fatuous set-pieces coupled with a meandering screenplay, not to mention the constant need to glorify its problematic protagonist.
3)In his efforts to bring to life the fallen stalwart of the Bombay stock exchange, Abhishek Bachchan comes across as earnest, even believable, but not for long.
4) The Big Bull a tedious watch.
NEGATIVE POINTS :
1) The story of Harshad Mehta and his involvement in India’s first significant financial fraud has captured the imagination of today’s burgeoning middle-class.
2) Harshad Mehta’s brave acts of blatant commercial skulduggery are as offensive to some as they are effective channels of vicarious thrills to others.
3) The scene wherever Gulati’s story of Mehta: Hemant Shah (Abhishek Bachchan), while striving to use the calculator, breaks into rounds of maniacal laughter back pointing out to his colleague Viren (Sohum Shah), something that leaves us all shocked.
Harshad Mehta’s story’s recreating lookout for Indian popular culture’s invalid obsession with the act of frenzied and corrupt money-making, especially in the post-liberalization era.
Thus, despite The Big Bull’s severe attempts at evolving across as a powerful drama part, it ends up locking horns with unique basic tenants of logic and efficient filmmaking, serving as a cautionary tale for purchasers of nuanced storytelling.
Image courtesy: The Big Bull.