STORY: supported a true story, ‘The Big Bull’ follows the life and times of Hemant Shah – a smalltime stockbroker, who manipulates the loopholes within the country’s archaic banking industry to make a huge Bull Run on the stock market . But at a time when the Indian economy was taking its big leap towards liberlisation, it had been only a matter of your time before Hemant Shah’s dream run, led to a nightmare.
REVIEW: It’s a rags to riches true story that has captured the collective conscience of the planet .Told successfully before during a bestseller and a hugely successful web series, there’s little we don’t know already about India’s multi-crore stock exchange ‘scam’. So, co-writer and director Kookie Gulati had a mammoth task at hand to crunch the highs and lows of an enigmatic character, into a two –and-a-half-hour-long feature . And for a movie that’s ‘somewhat inspired by true events,’ Gulati succeeds only partially, because the real story is way more fascinating and exciting. Here, we are quickly taken through Hemant Shah’s (Abhishek A Bachchan) journey from a salaried middle-class man to a seasoned stockbroker, without actually seeing him slug it call at the stock exchange . the idea of his meteoric rise from the commoner to the Messiah of the commoner , feels rushed and underwhelming. Glimpses of his modest life during a Mumbai chawl, his relationship together with his family and Priya (Nikita Dutta), the girl his heart beats for, takes up longer than his stock exchange shenanigans.
In the second act, however, the film’s narrative picks up pace, as Hemant Shah’s rising popularity and riches, earn him name, fame and enemies. Writers Arjun Dhawan and Kookie Gulati manage to create intrigue and tension around various episodes of Hemant’s run-ins with police, politicians and media, as he brazenly goes about manipulating each and each one. Some scenes stand out for his or her confrontational value. Also, the non-linear storytelling helps in breaking the monotony of repetitive conflicts. While it’s always a delight to ascertain Mumbai when it had been Bombay, the cinematography of the few south Mumbai locations is simply about alright.
Abhishek Bachchan delivers an honest performance, despite the very fact that his character could have through with such a lot more depth and detailing. For starters, his appearance remains quite constant from his youth to middle-age, making it hard to believe that his character has indeed come an extended way. The repeated loud and faux laughter shots, look forced and his chemistry with Nikita Dutta is sorely lacking. Their scenes and an odd love-song shot in Delhi, only hamper the pace further. The film’s dialogues too are quite ineffective like, ‘hamare paas bhagwaan se bhi zyada paise hain.’ Most of the dialogues don’t propel the characters to form them look powerful even when the scenes demands so. Ileana D’Cruz because the journalist Meera Rao, digging after Hemant’s scams, puts up an honest performance. Sohum Shah as Hemant’s younger brother Viren is decent then are most of the seasoned character actors like Saurabh Shukla and Ram Kapoor.
Overall, ‘The Big Bull’ may be a decent plan to tell a dramatic story of 1 of India’s biggest financial scams, orchestrated by a person , who seemed more sort of a commoner than a confidence man . Watch it if you’re an Abhishek Bachchan fan, but don’t let the stock of your expectations rise too high.