Scam 1992 the webseries on stockmarket wizard Harshad Mehta produced by Applause Entertainment has become a rage. It is by far the most successful Indian webseries of 2020, surprising even its director Hansal Mehta by the volume of success by surpassing everything he had done before.
One now hears that the release of another Harshad Mehta bio-pic The Big Bull on Disney-Hotstar featuring Abhishek Bachchan as Harshad Mehta, has been pushed forward to next year.
According to sources in the know, “Disney -Hotstar who are to stream The Big Bull are waiting for the craze for Hansal Mehta’s series on Harshad Mehta to subside.”
Hansal himself seems taken aback by the success of Scam 1992. “I’ve never seen success like this in my entire career. Of course Scam is the biggest hit of my entire life.Did I expect this? No, not really.We knew we had a winner. Pratik Gandhi as Harshad was the series’ bandh mutthi(ace).Also we had great producers in Applause Entertainment. But this kind of success. No, we didn’t expect it.”
Says a source in the know, “Disney-Hotstar never expected this kind of success for Scam. They are are now re-assessing the potential of the product. The Big Bull director Kookie Gulati doesn’t have a boxoffice record behind him.They may decide to promote the film solely on the strength of the Harshad Mehta factor”.
However The Big Bull producer Anand Pandit says the delay is due to the administrative upheavals at Disney-Hotstar.
“Once the new team takes over at Disney-Hotstar,release dates for all their pending films will be decided,” says Pandit.