Without doubt, Sony Liv has added the brightest Jewel to its crown. Call it Scam 1992 The Story Of Hashad Mehta or call it The Rise & Fall Of Harshad Mehta’s Empire. If it is said that this is the best web series in the longest of time, it won’t be an exaggeration. In fact it can also be said that this web series is definitely one of the best projections on world’s OTT platform.
Harshad Mehta, is a common man who rises above all odds to rock not only the stock market but also the very financial institutions of India and puts a question mark on the integrity of the then Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao. This entertaining web series also educates, thrills and racks up the intrigues of the history of the early ’90s to enthral the audience.
We get to bump into the immortal cartoonist “The Common Man” R. K. Laxman, K Madhavan the impeccable CBI officer of Bofors fame, the iconic advocate Ram Jethmalani and the sage Chandra Swami the high political flyer etc. The series also reminds us how India went a flame during Indira Gandhi’s assassination, how Rajeev Gandhi’s assassination brought a freefall in the share market, how the reputation of PM P. V. Narasimha Rao was put under a cloud and thereafter the alleged 1 crore bribe hushed up.
The story is the real plus point along with a marvellous script written by Debashish Basu & Sucheta Dalal in which catchy, amusing, hard-hitting and astonishing dialogues are the highlights.
It displays the larger than life and out of the box confidence of an ordinary Gujarati man who was unstoppable in his dream to make a fortune beyond imagination.
The Gujarati background makes it interesting while showing Harshad as an ordinary man with immense confidence and courage who takes risks beyond all limits. The line “Ishq hai to risk hai” becomes his unshakable motto. No character is out of place and no scene is verbose. The tight hug between the Mehta brothers an empty boat on wavy waters, the flinging of the mobile into the swimming pool, the counter questioning of the lady journalist by Mrs Harshad Mehta, the inefficient lawyer questioning the enforcement branch office, are all significantly interweaved into the story to superb effect.
All credit goes to director Hansal Mehta for this grand show even the landlines are shown at various angles cleverly. The only aspect that could have been avoided are the songs played after each episode. This tries to push unwanted thoughts and unnecessary direction to the intelligent audience. How effectively the song-free episode stands out is for everyone to notice.
The other thing that is questionable is whether the esteemed CBI who’s motto is “Industry, Impartiality and Integrity”, can be shown to be no better than a local police station.
Take it from me or see it for yourself that the reel Harshad Mehta is the real Harshad Mehta and no documentary of the real Harshad Mehta can do any damage.
Such is the immaculate performance of Pratik Gandhi, hope to see more of him.
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