9 October 2020
No. of seasons
No. of episodes
54 min (each episode)
Sumit Purohit, Kunal Walve
Hansal Mehta, Jai Mehta
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Applause Entertainment Ltd., Studio Next
Sumit Purohit,Saurav Dey,Vaibhav Vishal,Karan Vyas
Pratik Gandhi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Hemant Kher, Nikhil Dwivedi
Pratik Gandhi, Gafla, Hansal Mehta
Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story is an Indian crime web series directed by Hansal Mehta and Jai Mehta. It stars Pratik Gandhi and Shreya Dhanwanthary as parallel leads. The show needs no introduction – especially not if viewers are even vaguely versed with the Indian OTT universe. Scam 1992 has taken the audiences by storm ever since it started streaming on SonyLIV in October 2020. It has received praise for the performance of its cast as well as technical segments. Another instalment was announced in March 2021, which will be directed by Hansal Mehta as well. As of 2021, it is the most viewed web series on SonyLIV. The real question here is – does it live up to the hype that surrounds it?
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The show bases its premise on the Indian Stock Market scam of 1992, which was committed by many stockbrockers, one of them being Harshad Mehta, in whom the show finds its protagonist. Harshad Mehta starts off as a run-of-the-mill Gujarati salesman, who lives in a tiny one-room flat with his family. After a cycle of odd jobs, he starts working at the Bombay Stock Exchange. Here, he is still unhappy with his career trajectory, which leads him down the path of earning profits through market system loopholes and bribery. Parallelly, the story follows journalist Sucheta Dalal’s investigation of Mehta’s business, after she gets a tip about the latter’s involvement in a scam related to State Bank of India.
The financial fraud, that caused the entire Indian stock market to crash, beautifully plays out in The Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. The parallel leads, Pratik Gandhi (Harshad Mehta) and Shweta Dhanwanthary (Sucheta Dalal), are resplendent in their respective roles. One of the most noticeable takeaways from the show is its realistic portrayal of the stock market: there is use of financial jargon like “ready forward” which helps the viewers logically keep up with Mehta’s exploits. The erstwhile Bombay of the 80s, and 90s is poignantly captured onscreen, lending a certain sense of nostalgia as well. The framing in the show adds to its magic. The only drawback we could find here was that the repeated cliched dialogues (such as “Risk hai toh ishq hai”) which could have been avoided.