Title: The Big Bull
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Ileana D’Cruz, Sohum Shah, Nikita Dutta, Ram Kapoor
Director: Kookie Gulati
Streaming on: Hotstar
Story: The story of this film is based on the events in the life of Harshad Mehta, the Indian stock market genius and his connection with the scam which shook the nation.
Performances: Abhishek Bachchan definitely deserves appreciation for neatly and convincingly portraying his role. His performance and body language might remind us of his film Guru but it’s all for the good and works in favour of the film. Sohum Shah is excellent as Abhishek’s brother. Ileana plays the role of real life journalist Sucheta Dalal and she has done a fine job. Ram Kapoor, Nikita Dutta and other supporting actors have done their bit well.
Technicalities: Camerawork is good and managed to create the feel of being in 90’s Bombay. Music is good and helped a few scenes in clicking well. Dialogues are good especially the ones spoken by Abhishek. Editing is appropriate but the films feels a bit long towards the end. Production design deserves a mention for their work.
Analysis: The story of this film is about the India’s biggest scam and how Harshad Mehta is connected to it. The most recent Scam 1992 series with 10 episodes has been a big success and has turned many into stock market enthusiasts and also helped everyone in understanding Harshad Mehta in very great detail. This film feels more like a summary or a collection of all important portions of the series. There is nothing new or unique in this film to make it different from Scam 1992. For those who haven’t watched Scam 1992, this film will feel plain and hard to connect with the characters. For those who have watched Scam 1992, this film will just feel like watching highlights version with different actors. The writing is decent and does not confuse the viewers with any complex terms and tries to be as simple and understandable as possible. This is a story which is best suitable for being made as a series rather than a film as it requires to be presented in a detailed way both in terms of the information as well as the characterizations. Nevertheless, this film has some well written and executed scenes which carry a punch and film’s tempo is steady throughout without any boring or dragged portions.
On a whole: The Big Bull may not connect much with those who haven’t watched Scam 1992 or have any idea about the scam. At the same time, it offers nothing new or different when compared to Scam 1992 and ends up as a watchable film for those who have watched the series.