Hansal Mehta's "Scam:1992" - the gripping tale of the Big Bull
Updated: Jan 10
Harshad Mehta's reference in movies and books isn't new, however Sony Liv's "Scam:1992" is the first full fledged web series that has been created on the life of the "man who sold dreams to India". The 10 episode web series is inspired by the book "The Scam: who won, who lost, who got away" by Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu , the newer version of the book also includes the 2001 Ketan Parekh scam.
SonyLiv's Scam : 1992 looks raw, real and the story has not been dramatized to the point where it looses it shine; as I started watching it, I could not help comparing it to Mani Ratnam's Guru loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani but The Harshad Mehta story has more layers , it displays the rise and fall of the Big Bull and gives no space to "the fancy Bollywood elements" which makes the story more believable to the viewers.
Harshad Mehta , popularly known as "the wolf of the Dalal Street" had about 28 cases filed against him and the "scam amount" was near Rs. 5000 crores ; a result of the irregularities and loopholes of the banking system and the money market.
The web series is gripping and a number of events take place in a single episode, a few jargons have been used here and there but if you are a finance enthusiast or even have a basic knowledge about the banking system , you wouldn't mind them.
Interestingly, the series broke the record of shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad with and IMDb rating of 9.6/10 which instilled the interest of many binge watchers in the show.
A special mention to the show's introductory graphics which were captivating and added to the "shine of the show". The cast was nothing less than amazing, the dialogue delivery was natural and this web series is definitely worth watching.
Fun fact :
The Harshad Mehta scandal was portrayed in the Hindi movie, Gafla and the film was premiered in Times BFI 50th London Film Festival.
The Harshad Mehta trial has also been referred in the 2001 movie Nayak.
Harshad Mehta died in 2001 from heart attack in police custody but this man surely made history.
If you want to know more about the Harshad Mehta scam do check out our latest article on the scam - HERE
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