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Can Abhishek pull off The Big Bull?

By MOUMITA BHATTACHARJEE
Last updated on: March 19, 2021 17:26 IST
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Perhaps because it was a film meant for the theatres, The Big Bull has romance and songs, notes Moumita Bhattacharjee.

Abhishek Bachchan's coming film Big Bull has the huge task of matching the success of the Web series, Scam 1992.

Based on the rise and fall of stockbroker Harshad Mehta, the Hansal Mehta-directed thriller made a huge impact on audiences and the memory is still fresh.

The Big Bull trailer is neatly packed to stimulate emotions, but we have already watched Hansal's version of the stock scam.

 

Still, the setting, the tone, the score, the drama, the Big Bull trailer has it all.

Director Kookie Gulati also adds more Bollywood attributes to the mix. Whether that works in its favour or not can be gauged when Big Bull hits Disney+Hotstar in April.

Hemant Shah (Abhishek) deals in insider trading and other illegal ways of making money through the buying and selling of stocks.

His aim is to become the first billionaire of India, no matter how.

Perhaps because it was a film meant for the theatres, The Big Bull has romance and songs.

While many scenes would remind you of Scam, the high-speed car scenes, lavish scale and rousing dialogue does amp up the drama here.

It is acceptable to have similarities between Scam 1992 and The Big Bull, as they are based on the same man.

But Abhishek reminds me of his Guru character and doesn't really fall in that exception category.

Yet, I would like to keep an open mind and believe there will be more to him than that.

Ileana D'Cruz plays the journalist who busts the racket. Nikita Dutta is Hemant's love interest.

It is Sohum Shah's character that got me very interested. He could very well be the surprise package.

Comparisons are inevitable between Scam 1992 and The Big Bull and I hope the filmi elements of the Abhishek Bachchan movie don't make The Big Bull flimsy.

The Big Bull will stream on Disney+Hotstar from April 8.

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