The Big Bull movie review: In comparison to web series, Scam 1992 which , The movie comes across badly with authenticity being a major issue in Abhishek Bachchan – Kookie Gulati film that is out on Disney+ Hotstar.
The Big Bull movie cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Sohum Shah, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla, Ram Kapoor, Sameer Soni, Nikita Dutt, Mahesh Manjrekar, Supriya Pathak Kapoor
Story: The story of Harshad Mehta and his involvement in India’s first major financial fraud has captured the imagination of today’s burgeoning middle-class. His audacious acts of blatant financial skullduggery are as repulsive to some, as they are effective conduits of vicarious thrills to others.
And yet, the new movie on the fraudster by Kookie Gulati, which claims to be “somewhat inspired by true events”, evokes a different set of emotions from its audiences — that of bewilderment at its comical discrepancies initially, followed by disappointment.
The fabrication of facts to make the lead character more likeable, especially by portraying him as a messiah for the middle-class, is another objectionable element that plagues the entire production. Drowning out the actual atrocities committed by Harshad Mehta by using corny phrases like “the one and only big bull” is annoying yet hilarious at the same time.
And despite that, Abhishek Bachchan in his efforts to bring to life, the fallen stalwart of the Bombay stock exchange, comes across as earnest, even believable… but not for long.
The telling and retelling of Harshad Mehta’s story point out Indian popular culture’s unhealthy obsession with the act of frenzied and unprincipled money-making, especially in the post-liberalisation era. Something which Hansal Mehta tapped into deliciously, but Kookie Gulati seems to have missed out on.
Thus, despite The Big Bull’s earnest attempts at coming across as a serious drama piece, it ends up locking horns with some basic tenants of logic and practical filmmaking, serving as a cautionary tale for patrons of nuanced storytelling.