Actor Abhishek Bachchan has seen a lot of ups and downs in his career. But no one can deny that he is a powerful artist, as proved by his work in films like Yuyuva. , Dhom , SARKAR , Guru , DOSTANA , P.a. , Movie – Bol Bachchan , Etc. After taking a break of almost 2 break years, he returned to the big screen with a banging performance in MANMARZIYAAM . In the past year, he has made a mark on digital with the web series BREATHE: INTO THE SHADOWS  And crazy comedy ludo . Now he is back with another web venture, The Big Bull. The trailer has been liked and is curious to see what it has to offer, despite the theme being similar to SCAM 1992, arguably India’s most successful web series. So does BIG BULL stand out and impress the audience? Or fails? Let us analyze.
The Big Ball is the story of a common man’s journey from rugs to the rich. The year is 1987. Hemant Shah (Abhishek Bachchan), a resident of Bombay, is working at the child arts center on a nominal salary. He is in love with his neighbor Priya (Nikita Dutta), but since he is not financially secure, he is apprehensive about asking his father for a hand in marriage. One day, the parents of one of the children, who has come to practice at the Bal Kala Kendra, tells Hemant that after selling shares of Bombay Textile, he is able to earn a good moolah. This makes Hemant eager to learn about the stock world. Meanwhile, his brother Viren Shah (Soham Shah) loses a large amount in shares. Viren is in debt and Hemant decides to invest in Bombay Textile shares. But before doing so he does his homework. This enables Hemant to not only make Viren debt-free, but also earn a small profit. Shortly thereafter, Hemant enters the stock world and starts working for a stock trader named Kantilal (Hitesh Rawal). Hemant wishes to have a trading account but as per the rules, he has to pay Rs. 10 lakhs for this. Hemant joins hands with Rana Sawant (Mahesh Manjrekar), the union leader of Premier Auto, to earn the said amount. His insider trading activity soon helps him earn Rs. 10 lakhs. Hemant now started manipulating the stock and even boarded the banks to take advantage of the flaws in the system. All this leads intelligence to higher heights. Thus, he becomes a kind of hero among the stock brokers. As his financial situation improves, he marries Priya. While everyone is recalling India Times newspaper finance journalist Hemant Shah, Meera Rao (Ileana D’Cruz). He is confident that Hemant is illegally making money on the stock exchange. She writes critical articles about him. And one day, she presents shocking evidence about Hemant’s nefarious antics. What happens next is the rest of the film.
The story of Kuki Gulati and Arjun Dhawan is interesting. It is inspired by the life of the notorious stockbroker Harshad Mehta, and his experiences were engaging, cinematic. The script by Kuki Gulati and Arjun Dhawan is effective in most places. The authors have done their best to make it as entertaining and dramatic as possible for better effect. They are successful, but not completely, for two reasons. One, he has edited many important events in the life of Hemant Shah and produced it at a very fast pace. Secondly, the comparison of SCAM 1992 takes away the effect to some extent. Ritesh Shah’s dialogues are sharp though.
Kuki Gulati’s direction is decent. He not only had the challenge of keeping the goings-on entertaining, but also easy to understand. This is because not everyone understands the concept of shares and shares. And Cookie is successful to an extent on both aspects. On the flipside, no one can help draw parallels with SCAM 1992. Even if he tries his best, no one can forget the Gandhi-Starrer web series because it was so memorable. And it was handled much better. One wish is that if The Big Bull was released before SCAM 1992, it would be more entertaining and interesting for the audience. Now, since most of The Big Ball’s target audience has already watched SCAM 1992, one already knows more or less the entire story. Therefore, know in advance what is going to happen. Thankfully, the writers have fictionalized some of the plot points and finally made a twist that will surprise the audience. Even if one keeps the comparison of SCAM 1992 aside, the film has another major hiccup. It runs very fast. Some developments were never properly explained. For example, there is an indication that Hemant’s father was angry with him and kicked him out of the house. But what actually happened was never explained in the film. Then, Hemant started his own consultancy, named Miley High, that suddenly the audience was shocked. The character of Sanjeev Kohli (Sameer Soni) is important to the narrative, but the writer and director do not give him the expected reason.
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BIG is the average opening of BULL. Abhishek Bachchan’s entry scene should have been powerful, but instead, it is clear. The film ends with a scene where Hemant walks in the night with Priya and the former learns of Viren’s debt. While the rise of Hemant is neatly and quickly depicted, those who stand out are scenes before the end of the first hour. song ‘Ishq Namaz’ Shot very well and interest keeps going. Hemant’s experience at the party in Delhi is intriguing. The Income Tax Department raid scene and Hemant and Meera’s interview scene run parallel and are the best part about the first hour. In the second half, things get better as Meera attempts to uncover the truth based on the lead she has acquired. This is also the time when Hemant shivers and tries his best to get out of the mess. The last 30 minutes is when the film really gets better. The scene of the press conference is treated dramatically and is bound to attract attention. The turning point in the climax is unpredictable.
Abhishek Bachchan gives a commendable performance and he also underplays in many places. He is essaying the part of a hawkish, arrogant man, but he understands that this does not mean he has to go overboard. Interestingly, the actor had played a similar role in GURU in the past. , And the actor ensures that no one is reminded of that performance when they watch The Big Ball. However, he finds brief shots of laughter, unintentionally funny and should have been taken away ideally. Ileana D’Cruz hardly gets any scope in the first half, but shines in the second half. However, she looks very unrelated as an old woman in today’s track. Nikita Dutta is lovely and leaves a huge scar. Soham Shah is reliable as expected and maintains a strong position from start to finish. Mahesh Manjrekar and Sameer Soni are decent in their special productions. Supriya Pathak Shah (Amoeben; mother of Hemant and Viren) is convincing. Saurabh Shukla (Manu Malpani) gets his acting right. Ram Kapoor (Ashok Mirchandani) has a limited time, but he shoots for the show. Shishir Sharma (Rajesh Mishra; Meera’s boss) is impartial, while Lekh Prajapati (Tara; Viren’s wife) and Hitesh Rawal have limited scope. The same goes for Sumit Vats (Hari). Kanan Arunachalam (Venkateswara) is particularly good in the scene where he bursts the beans. Trupti Shankardhar (Ashima; who meets Meera in the train) and Rio Kapadia (NCC MD Singh) record the effects despite being there for just one scene.
The music is average but well placed. ‘Ishq Namaz’ Sentimental and shot beautifully. The title track plays in the background in some key scenes in the first half. ‘Hawaon Mein’ Played during the end credits. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background score adds to the drama.
The cinematography of Vishnu Rao is appropriate. Durgaprasad Mahapatra’s production design is rich. The costumes of Darshan Jalan and Nilanchal Ghosh are reminiscent of the late 80s and early 90s. VFX of NY VFXWaala is appreciated. Dharmendra Sharma’s editing is very slow and quick on locations.
Overall, The Big Bull gets affected due to comparisons with SCAM 1992. Nevertheless, it works because of performances, dramatic moments and unexpected finishes in many locations.