Bhubaneswar, April 10, 2021: The problem while watching director Kookie Gulati The Big Bull is that it cannot escape from the shadows of Hansal Mehta’s Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. This turns Abhishek Bachchan-starrer The Big Bull movie review into a big bore.
The Big Bull movie review: Story of stockbrokers & scam
Since we had already watched Hansal Mehta’s take on the story of Harshad Mehta and his involvement in India’s first major financial fraud, we knew what we were getting into when we sat down to watch The Big Bull.
Harshad Mehta’s (here Abhishek Bachchan as Hemant Shah) audacious acts of blatant financial skulduggery are as repulsive to some, as they are effective conduits of vicarious thrills to others.
But the film by director Kookie Gulati, which claims to be “somewhat inspired by true events”, evokes a different set of emotions from its audiences. Initially, when the film begun the audience seemed a bit confused, then it was followed by disappointment.
The Big Bull movie review: Laughter is not the best medicine
Okay, what was Abhishek’s maniacal laughter all about? That’s eerie. Case in point, the scene where Hemant Shah (Abhishek) — while trying to use the calculator, breaks into bouts of maniacal laughter after pointing out to his brother Viren (Sohum Shah), something that leaves us all startled.
Turns out, the ‘Big Bull’ (Abhishek again) is amazed that, while calculating his huge profits margins, the calculator is unable to fit the number of zeroes in the final figure onto its small screen. Such fatuous set-pieces coupled with a meandering screenplay, not to mention the incessant need to glorify its problematic protagonist, makes The Big Bull a daunting watch.
Abhishek Bachchan, the saviour
Despite the faulty script and tedious narrative, ‘Big Bull’ Abhishek tries his best to give an earnest and somewhat believable performance. But can he save the film like Ludo? Well, in this case, it’s a sad no.
Then, Ritesh Shah’s uninspired dialogue writing catches up with the proceedings, reducing the limitless potential of the endeavour.
The resultant cinematic offering is a drab mishmash of trope-laden storytelling, laying the groundwork for some ludicrous moments on screen, which are authentic in their inauthenticity.
If you watch The Big Bull, you cannot help but compare it with the web series Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story starring Pratik Gandhi. If you haven’t watched the series yet, will ask you to do it soon.
The sheer differences in writing for both the pieces stand out in their stark differences in quality.