9 April 2021 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: The Big Bull: The deleted scenes of "Scam 1992" seems to have got place here! **½

 1917th BLOG POST

Yesterday, Abhishek Bachchan starrer – The Big Bull got premiered on Hotstar and I ensured I watch it as soon as possible. Watching Scam 1992 on Sony Liv was a great experience and I believe any show will require too much effort and precision to catch up with the perfection of that show. And something like “The Big Bull” which, unfortunately, is based on the same topic needed more than perfection to stand along with it. Now that I am done watching this movie, I believe Ajay Devgn and other producers should have tried releasing this before Scam 1992. There are many flaws in this movie and when compared with Scam 1992, this doesn’t even look like a good highlight of it. It seems all the deleted scenes of Scam 1992 has been included in this movie which were better in the “Deleted Folder” itself.


Because the timeline of Harshad Mehta is quite long as a journey, including it in a movie of 2-2.5 hours is very difficult. You need to be very artistic in deciding which part of his life needs to be excluded so that the story doesn’t look rushed or incomplete. And this has been the biggest mistake of the movie makers here. The way Harshad Mehta’s life is depicted here seems to be that he was just a broker who visited industrialists and bankers and gave them promises and guarantees on returns and did nothing else. How he thinks and plans is completely kept out of scope. On top of that, he is made to laugh out loudly like a villain in few of the scenes which makes the depiction look more fake and fictional.


As The Big Bull team has not even used the real name of the characters, they had more liberty to twist the story and make it more interesting and thrilling but they couldn’t benefit from this. The best part about such movies in Hindi film industries are its dialogues but here, you will not find any which shall stay with you. Like the Scam 1992, where the dialogue “Risk hai toh Ishq hai” has stayed with us, you will not find any here. The script has been very weak that in spite of the timeline of 150 minutes, they couldn’t portray the whole life story of Harshad Mehta swiftly.


Talking about the performances, actors have tried well to play their part as good as they could have but the script and their role duration fails them to leave any impact. Any one actor whom you will remember after this movie is just Ileana D’Cruz who played her part well of a journalist trying to bust the scam of Harshad Mehta all alone by herself. Abhishek Bachchan has also done well and played the best he could but this can’t be called as a revolutionary or memorable performance at all. Sohum Shah, Nikita Dutta and all other actors have also done equally well. Saurabh Shukla and Mahesh Manjrekar, in their cameo like roles, are able to leave mark what other actors couldn’t even in their longer role durations.


Overall, The Big Bull can be watched if you don’t have patience to watch a complete series of around 10 hours on Sony Liv. But in any case, if you have subscription of Sony Liv and enough time to watch Pratik Gandhi as Harshad Mehta, go for it and skip this one. I give this attempt just 2.5 stars out of 5; 0.5 extra for the actors who did well in spite of poor script and direction.

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