Hindi web series “Scam 1992- The Harshad Mehta story”

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In 1980s stock markets were just a casino for the Indian households,  later on such cartels were given headache by meteoric rise of Harshad Mehta. He was predominantly a bull who believed in the  positive rationale of the market. 

Here a fascinating journey set to the world of stock market. Directed by the award winning film Maker Hansal Mehta.

A journey that starts from a space-crunched Gujarati household in Mumbai, takes one on a 360-degree roller coaster ride to a 15,000 sq-feet house in Maximum City. They say start from basics. Harshad Mehta duly did that but did rising in ranks teach him enough of the trade? Story of a man, who was a son, brother, husband and father, and lived each role to its hilt.

The first hour into the film establishes the premise. Sports analogies goad in the basics  jobbers, bull, bear, largely Bombay Stock Exchange and the world around it. One grows fond of the protagonist  the one who establishes himself to be the Amitabh Bachchan of the market, taking pride in his moniker ‘Big Bull’. But like every hero, this one suffers from hamartia too; here it is a phrase – ‘Risk hai to ishq hai’. It’s his ‘daring’ that grows on you episode by episode. The crash of the market, his empire, loss of name, the newsrooms, noise through the corridors of Parliament and the comeback  all pans out among the beautiful shots of Mumbai with glimpses of Delhi weaved in.

This one series on SonyLIV is an investment of time — 10 episodes about 50 minutes each. It’s the casting starring Pratik Gandhi (titular role), Hemant Kher (Ashwin Mehta), Chirag Vohra (Bhushan Bhatt ) — the triumvirate of this saga; Shreya Dhanwanthary (Sucheta Dalal), Rajat Kapoor (upright CBI officer), Ananth Mahadevan (the RBI Governor) nail their characters.

 

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