The Bull of Dalal Street
The term “Dalal Street” in “The bull of Dalal street” is used for the Bombay Stock Market with many financial firms in India. “Dalal” is the Marathi term used to describe a broker or an intermediary.
This latest web series has left everyone with intrigue ever since its premiere last month on Ullu App. Which is known for its shows based on diverse content like Panchali, Singardaan, Halala, and #MeToo Wolf Of Bollywood. “The Bull of Dalal Street” is a web series featuring Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Ashmit Patel, Kunal Verma in pivotal roles. Priya Gor plays the role of the journalist. Who takes a crack at the scam. A story of a journey of a man from poor to rich and achieving the title of “ The Bull of Dalal Street”.
About The bull of Dalal street
Cast: Naina Chhabra, Sandeep Chatterjee, Mohammed Iqbal khan
Streaming on: MX player/ ULLU
Release date: 21 Feb 2020
Number of episodes: 8
A real-life story
The story of “The Bull of Dalal Street” is based on factual events of a series of scams that happened in Mumbai’s Dalal Street in the early 90s. Obviously, the protagonist’s name has been derived from the late Indian stockbroker Harshad Shantilal Mehta. Who became infamous for his involvement in the 1992 Indian securities scams. He was also called the “Pied Piper of Stocks”.
Also, in a report by the Economic Times, some financial experts believe that Harshad Mehta did not commit any fraud. He had “simply exploited loopholes in the system” Allegedly engaged in a huge stock manipulation scheme financed by useless bank receipts that his firm, GrowMore Research & Asset Management brokered for “ready forward” transactions between banks taking advantage of the Indian banking system. And Bombay Stock Exchange transaction system. He got convicted by the Bombay High Court and Supreme Court of India at an estimate of 100 billion INR. That took place at thE Bombay Stock Exchange. Also, the trial went on for nine years until his demise in 2001 due to a heart attack.
Undoubtedly, the story has been tweaked according to the writing teams’ vision as the main character learns the tricks of the trade from a female manager he meets at one of his odd jobs. Whereas Harshad Mehta takes a keen interest in the share market while being employed as a sales personnel Mumbai office of New India Assurance Company. (NIACL) And then later joined a brokerage firm. Where he learns the tricks of the trade.
Taking the audience through a dark, twisted side of the share market. With scenes of violence, erotica, and drama, “The Bull of Dalal Street” is a show the tells it all. “The Bull of Dalal Street” is a title indicative of the King of the share market. Moreover, Harshil Mehta is seen targeting and manipulating the stock market by finding various loopholes that made him a lot of money and how he becomes a major player in the share market.
A poor man who risks his life savings to become one of the most influential stockbrokers at the time in the city of Mumbai. “The Bull of Dalal Street” also shows Mumbai as its own character by being a multi-dimensional city with many paradoxes in itself. Being reckoned as a “city of dreams” where thousands of people with different lives and backstories move to make something out of themselves.
Furthermore, it’s a story about an aspiring entrepreneur who lives and breathes finance and the economy. With his wit and charm, he becomes one of the top players in the share market.
The protagonist Harshil Mehta, played by Mohammad Iqbal Khan, displays a character trait that makes him a man who doesn’t do anything for free. This trait is seen to be implemented in everything he does. Including his sexual encounters. One of which included him teaching the same lesson to someone giving out a 100 rupee note.
He eventually finds someone who shares the same characteristic as him and they end up marrying each other. In addition, the web series displays the juxtaposition of his shades of personality. One from the time of him doing small, odd jobs and one where he is a top stockbroker. Also, the series has adopted a non-linear narrative technique, where the events happening in the show are not presented in chronological order.
The character of Harshil Mehta exhibits major changes in his demeanor. And faces a lot of consequences for his actions. Also, one of them being a violent near-death experience.
The eight episodes have so far shown Harshil Mehta’s life in the midst of the scams happening at Dalal Street. The series shows a deep take on the moral of how money can become the root of all evil.
Moreover, Ashmit Patel plays the role of Harshil’s younger brother, Dilip who alongside Harshil manipulates the share market as well. Besides, “The Bull of Dalal Street” shows viewers the rise and fall of Harshil who manipulates Dalal Street in a way that is never done before. His character will be brought to light more in the next season. The show has been directed by Deepak Pandey. Also, it has charmed its way into the hearts and minds of the audience.