Abhishek Bachchan is currently facing the biggest challenge of his career. He plays stock-market influencer Harshad Mehta who rocked the Indian economy in the 1990s and was transformed from small-town Gujarati stockbroker to an iconic financial wizard.
Abhishek is fully into the role. His rigorous research has taken him back to what was known in those days as Harshad Mehta’s golden era. Says a source close to Abhishek, “He has never worked so hard on any of his roles before except maybe when he played Dhirubhai Ambani in Mani Ratnam’s Guru. Coincidentally, in both the biopics that Abhishek has done so far, he has played celebrated Gujarati game changers, Dhuribhai and now Harshad Mehta.”
As part of his preparation for the Harshad Mehta role, Abhishek has been practicing the Gujarati accent. The role also requires him to pile on the kilos, since Harshad Mehta was the podgy type.
The Big Bull is not the first Hindi film to recreate Harshad Mehta’s tumultuous rise to iconic heights. In Baazaar in 2018, Saif played a Gujarati stockbroker. The role was inspired by Harshad Mehta.
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