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The Big Bull Review: Underwhelming regardless of its comparison with Scam 1992

Abhishek Bachchan starrer film, The Big Bull premiered on OTT platform, Disney+ Hotstar on 8th April 2021. The film is produced by Ajay Devgn and directed by Kookie Gulati.

This a story based on the life of Harshad Mehta, who was involved in India's first billion dollar scam. As we all have already seen his story in Scam 1992, The Big Bull uses another formula to sell it. Here, there is no Harshad Mehta. Film's protagonist Hemant Shah (Abhishek Bachchan) has big dreams and wishes to fly. His mother (Supriya Pathak), brother Viren (Sohum Shah) and wife Priya (Nikita Dutta) warn him about his greed to rise and his faster pace. The story continues about how he is the ultimate big bull.

The acting performances by all the actors are satisfactory but the excessive use of flowery dialogues and typical Bollywood style story doesn't allow us to appreciate the actors. However the cameos by Mahesh Manjrekar and Saurabh Shukla are some of the most entertaining bits of this film.

The direction and editing of this film had a huge scope to develop into something better. There are abrupt cuts and blackout transitions which are unpleasant and unimpactful. It actually runs at a bull's pace making it difficult for us to even connect with the story. The film tries to juggle between the intercut scenes and that has become a basic form of story revelation nowadays.

The decision to add YouTuber CarryMinati's Yalgaar as a background score was not the best shot taken. An egoistic man in his forties being glorified by a song sung by a teenager is the last thing this film needed.

However, while this film tries to paint a positive picture of a criminal, you have to accept that the reasons presented by them might convince you at some point. Also, let's not compare a film with a webseries for now. The two have different pros, cons and settings, so it isn't justified to compare them.


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