Name of the series – Big Bull

Platform – Disney+Hotstar

Time – 155 mins (approximately)

Cast – Abhishek Bachchan, Sohum Shah, Ileana D’ Cruz, Ram Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, and Nikita Dutta

Director – Kookie Gulati

Rating – 3.5/5

The Story

Hemant Shah (Abhishek Bachchan) is the brainchild behind what we’s call a scam. But if you look at it, he is nothing short of an opportunist who took advantage of the fractured banking laws in the late 80’s and early 90’s and managed to catalyse development in the country. Stock market brokers and traders worshipped him. Yet, when the scam was exposed by the effervescent Meera Rao (Ileana D’Cruz), Hemant Shah’s flamboyant ways find its way to prison, where he was literally harassed by the cops, and passed away.

The Review

It is interesting how just after ‘Scam 1992’ that’s currently streaming on SonlyLiv, we have the similar storyline appearing in the form of a film. Considering the cast, ’Big Bull’, as the name implies is a high roller. The script keeps viewers from the intrinsic details of the proceedings but have delivered views to the important milestones in Harshad Mehta’s oops …. Hemant Shah’s life. Certain facts of how Harshad Mehta had been tortured by the CBI were completely diluted. What would make the film even more interesting could have been the use of real names! Why have a spin off the biopic, when one could create the biopic itself?

 The production value of the film is very high. The team has ensured that the sets are on point. The technical team has ensured that the filters used have exciting gradients that are very telling of the era.

The editing was slightly shoddy, as montages of Hemant Shah’s myriad moods have been randomly inserted, greatly confusing viewers. Also the audio flashback that Viren (Sohum Shah) reminisces is slightly out of context. Somewhere the words in that particular audio are being swallowed discounting on clarity. A video reeling the flashback could’ve made the instance that Viren was thinking of that much more defining and relatable.

The language is thankfully easy on the ears. We finally have a film that’s toned down dramatically on the use of cuss words. At least the cuss words aren’t liberally spread out like peanut butter and jam on bread.

Its a well known fact that Abhishek Bachchan is a ‘director’s actor’. He needs to be suitably moulded to bring the best out of him, and Kookie Gulati has successfully achieved at doing that. Being a man with keen business acumen, Abhishek Bachchan has essayed the role of Hemant Shah with great conviction. Perhaps this could be labelled as his next best performance after Mani Ratnam’s, ‘Guru’. Ileana D’Cruz has been quite an effervescent reporter. She’s played a part of a journalist who’s used her street smart ways to arrive at her desired destination. Inspite of exposing Hemant Shah, she is pretty much in awe of the kind of development that he has fostered, giving the country its much required face-lift.

Author: Heer Kothari