The Harshad Mehta story is a fascinating account of a man who started small and within an incredibly short period, amassed the kind of staggering fortune that most people dream of.
The web series lasts an expansive 10 episodes and is not just a detailed sketch of Mehta and his distinctly dodgy ways and his close cohorts, it is also a portrait of an India which was on the verge of momentous change. The change was coming, but there were gaps between the creaky old ways of doing things and new ways. Mehta found those gaps, dug deep into them, and turned the system inside out.
Those who lived through the late 80s and early 90s will recall the meteoric rise and rise of man who came to be known as The Big Bull. He was labelled because he began the bull run of the stock market in 1991, which ended in a massive crash. Thousands of people lost a lot of their money. Many became bankrupt. Some prominent citizens lost their lives and reputations. And Mehta became the most wanted man in India.
The series is based on the book The Scam: Who Won, Who Lost, and Who Got Away by financial journalists Sucheta Dalal and Debashish Basu. It opens with Dalal, played by Shreya Dhanwanthary, getting a tip from a harried SBI officer about a ‘ghotala’ involving Rs. 500 crore. The cast also includes Pratik Gandhi, Anjali Barot, Hemant Kher, Chirag Vohra, Jay Upadhyay, Jai Mehta, Sharib Hashmi, K.K Raina, Ananth, Nikhil Dwivedi, and Kartik Krishnan. The writing is terrific and the re-creation of the era its people are authentic.
Our Rating: 4.5/5