The Big Bull trailer: Abhishek Bachchan film induces Scam 1992 déjà vu

Directed by Kookie Gulati, the movie is based on the largest stock market scam of the 1990s. 

Keyur Seta

It has been less than six months since the release of Hansal Mehta’s highly acclaimed Scam 1992, a series based on the life of the controversial stockbroker Harshad Mehta. The show, which garnered critical acclaim, comprises 10 long episodes. Hence, it’s impossible not to think of it while watching the trailer of Kookie Gulati’s movie The Big Bull, which is based on the same subject.  

Unlike the series, the makers of The Big Bull have changed the names of real-life personalities. Here, we see Hemant Shah (Abhishek Bachchan), a youngster, dreaming of making it big in Mumbai [then Bombay]. His thirst for money eventually lures him into the share market and, over the years, he comes to dominate it by illegal means.  

One day, his scam, which is worth Rs565 crore, is exposed by a journalist (Ileana D’Cruz). This marks the beginning of a downward spiral. 

The trailer indicates that the makers have recreated the bygone era of Bombay in great detail. The glimpses of the stock market game pique your interest in the film. But as mentioned before, these visuals instantly bring back memories of Scam 1992 as it hasn’t been a long time since the series came out.  

Bachchan seems to have slipped into the skin of his character. But one wonders why he is smiling in almost every frame of the trailer. Sohum Shah, who plays the anti-hero's brother, has undergone a makeover. The film also features prominent names such as Saurabh Shukla, Ram Kapoor, Supriya Pathak and Mahesh Manjrekar. 

Produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Ajay Devgn Ffilms, The Big Bull will be streamed on Disney+ Hotstar from 8 April. 

Check out the trailer and let us know if you are keen on watching the film.

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