Sony Liv’s new web series “Scam1992: The Harshad Mehta Story” directed by Jai and Hansal Mehta. The web series based on the book “The Scam” written by formal Times of India Journalist Sucheta Dalal and her husband Debashish Basu. It follows the life of Harshad Mehta, from the face of the stockbrocker to the face of India’s 1992 stock market scam worth rupees 5000 crores that shocked the whole nation.
It extensively focus on the rise of the common man Harshad Mehta to the big bull of the Bombay Stock Market (BSE). The fact that series revolve around world of stock marekt. The one who founded the loopholes in the system and uses for his benefit to become the market guru.
Harshad (Pratik Gandhi) realises that the BSE is his ticket to success, and started as the Jobber in the Dalaal Street who turns into big broker and cracking the deals of crores for them. Harshad, who started off as a Jobber, soon started his own consulting company “GrowMore” and begins every opportunity to beat the system in his own benefits. There is almost a heroic quality to him which is highlighted through his career than life lifestyle and ambitions. He is repeatedly referred to as ‘BSE ka Bachchan’ and at times, even portrayed as a victim with too many enemies, just because he was the proverbial ‘outsider’.
That said, the portrayal of some of the most seasoned character actors in key roles lend authenticity. From Satish Kaushik as the foul-mouthed broker Manu Mundra to Ananth Mahadevan as the wise RBI Governor Venkitarajan and from Nikhil Dwivedi as Citibank’s treasury chief A.S. Thiyagarajan to Rajat Kapoor as the upright and straight talking CBI officer Madhavan – each one is full of conviction in the way they look and play their parts.Shreya Dhanwanthary is also excellent as the righteous and spirited journo, who is relentless in her pursuit of a story. Ivan Rodrigues lends good support as Sucheta’s former colleague and boyfriend, who helps her break stories on Mehta. Hemant Kher is suitably restrained as Mehta’s younger brother Ashwin, who is the only voice of reason, often discarded as too timid by Harshad. Anjali Barot as Harshad’s supportive wife is the only other female character worth mentioning in the otherwise male-dominated narrative.
The show doesn’t shy away from naming names just like its source material, which itself is so fascinating. At times, the pace drops as Harshad finds himself in repetitive problems and the stock market lingo becomes overbearing. But the fact that it’s a real story that captured the country’s collective imagination makes for a riveting watch. It’s almost like our very own desi version of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and we’re quite bullish that it will keep you invested.
Directed By: Jai and Hansal Mehta
Where to Watch: Sony Liv
Total Episodes: 10
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