Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story- Season 2| Cast| Review

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Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story- Season 2| Cast| Review

The Web-Series Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story streaming on SonyLiv. It revisits the narrative of India’s First big financial fraud by making use of some amazing writing and concise acting mince of its lead actors. 

A weak economic system on the fringe of turning itself inside out. This series Scam 1992: Harshad Mehta story is an unconventional wheeler-dealer invincible drive to make a fortune. A persistent truth seeker on a mission to uncover the unsightly face of naked greed. This is the narrative of an age when a single man’s blatant degeneracy hit the Bombay Stock Exchange Single-handedly, and with it, the hope of an entire generation.

Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story

scam 1992: The harshad mehta story

This narrative starts off with Harshad Mehta’s fleeting rise from humble beginnings. As he becomes Mumbai Dalal Street’s The ‘Big Bull’. In Due Course, this professed ‘Amitabh Bacchan of the Bombay stock exchange’ takes part in extracting funds to calibrate of  Rs. 1000 crores from Indias Financial Markets. This sets in the sequence of events that subsequently end up in the 1992 Stock market scam.

The number of funds that were wiped out by this financial crash was more than that in India’s health and education Budgets during that time.

Sucheta Dalal, the journalist who first uncovered Harshad Mehta’s suspicious financial undertakings. After some time she wrote a book about this scam along with her husband Debashish Basu named: The Scam: who lost, who won. Who got away on which this series Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta narrative is based.

Cast and characters

scam 1992: The harshad mehta story

At the heart of this series lies the dynamic, powerful yet uncomplicated performances by the film actor/ Gujrati theatre Pratik Gandhi and Shreya Dhanwanthary, The former Beauty Queen. Pratik Gandhi brings Mehta’s character into life as a man of blood and flesh not as a dire creature with dread intentions. On the other hand Dhanwantary, skillfully Captures the failure and distress that in real life Sucheta Dalal, the journalist Subjected to, as she commenced on unraveling the crisis that Harshad Mehta left.

As for the portrait of India’s financial markets, the series, unlike its Indian ancestors, refrains from depicting it as a bizarre fairyland where anyone can become rich overnight. Instead of that, it explains the heavy market idioms like ‘Ready Forward Deal’, Bank Receipts, Statutory Liquidity Ratio- to make it easy for the audience to stay updated with Harshad Mehta’s colluding endeavors.

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Direction and cinematography 

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The series Cinematography and the production design are of high quality. As all the team manages to productively give us a taste of the former period with much grace. In the ’70s, ’80s and the early 90’s Bombay was completely different from present-day Mumbai. It may not be the same anymore. But the recollection of people who live in it, still do. The series does an amazing job in exhilarating its own glory days. So much, that Bombay itself has a character in the story.

Symbol drone shots [ a chief in the most recent shows] at the beginning of each episode. And the effective use of camera angles to light up each and every frame. And also giving viewers a unique view of the story. The spinning dolly shot of Sucheta Dallal, conducting an interview of Harshad Mehta at one of the most important points of his narrative, just stands out.

 Scam 1992: Where it went wrong?

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The show’s biggest drawback, however, is how it chooses to depict its supporting characters. The likes of K.K Raina, Nikhil Dwivedi, Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, and many others seem to be just stuck in the part which wholly revolves around the main character. Even when Prathik Gandhi is not seen on screen. The remaining characters seem to be only talking about him, investigating how to get even. Or just blindly cursing him out. The head of the ‘bear cartel’, Satish Kaushik, shines with his unforced humorous timing and dingy poise, bringing an element of the comic to the mix.

While watching one also vigorously feels that few of the over-the-top dialogues. And few onscreen dodges could have been avoided. Like, let’s take this dialogue in which Harshad Mehta says: ‘risk hai tho Ishq hai’. Which appears frequently during the show’s runtime. It feels unnecessary and also forced.

To conclude, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story is a very well-written show. In which lead characters takes the responsibility for all the heavy lifting. In spite of its few drawbacks, the show provides an alluring sneak-peek at the inaugural possibility of homegrown content creators. And what they are competent of- if authorized to run wild with their imaginations.

Scam 1992:  Story of Harshad Mehta is currently streaming on SonyLiv

Scam 1992: Season 2

After witnessing the first major scam in the Bombay stock exchange in 1992, analysts decided to give more powers to SEBI. Under the SEBI Act 1992 to not witness this kind of scam again. Since then SEBI had introduced several market reforms. These reforms significantly transformed the face of the Indian stock exchange

After the Phenomenal success of Scam 1992, Makers of Scam 1992 and Sonyliv have announced Season 2.  Scam 2003: The Curious Case of Abdul Kareem Telgi’.

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