The Big Bull

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The Big Bull
Directed byKookie Gulati
Screenplay byKookie Gulati
Arjun Dhawan
Based onHarshad Mehta
Produced by
CinematographyVishnu Rao
Edited byDharmendra Sharma
Music bySandeep Shirodkar
Ajay Devgn FFilms
Anand Pandit Motion Pictures
Distributed byDisney+ Hotstar
Release date
  • 8 April 2021 (2021-04-08)
Running time
154 minutes

The Big Bull is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language biographical crime drama film directed and written by Kookie Gulati, based on stockbroker Harshad Mehta who was involved in financial crimes over a period of 10 years during 1980–1990.[1][2] The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Ileana D'Cruz and Nikita Dutta.[3][4] It entered production in September 2019, and was digitally released on 8 April 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar.[5][6] The film received mixed reviews, praising Bachchan's performance, but criticized in comparison to the much acclaimed Scam 1992, which was also based on Mehta's life.


'The Big Bull’ follows the life and times of Hemant Shah, a smalltime stockbroker, who manipulates the loopholes in the country's archaic banking system to create a massive bull run on the stock exchange. But at a time when the Indian economy was taking its big leap towards liberalisation,a girl named meera rao stopped his leap and got him arrested even though he used the ace of hearts, the prime minister of India. He was still found guilty.



In 2018, it was reported that Ajay Devgn will produce the film with Abhishek Bachchan playing the lead role.[4] The film is directed by Kookie Gulati and shows the financial crimes and life of Harshad Mehta. Nikita Dutta and Ileana D'Cruz were brought in to play supporting roles.[8]

The shooting commenced on 16 September 2019.[9] Many shots of the movie has been filmed in Gautam Buddha University.[10]


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released for streaming worldwide from 8 April 2021 on Hotstar.[6]


The Big Bull
Soundtrack album by
Gourov Dasgupta, Wily Frenzy and Mehul Vyas
Released26 March 2021[11]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
Official audio
The Big Bull - Full Album on YouTube

The film's music was composed by Gourov Dasgupta and Mehul Vyas with lyrics written by Kunwar Juneja and Anil Verma. The rap single "Yalgaar" by CarryMinati, with music by Wily Frenzy, served as the theme song.[12] Sandeep Shirodkar composed the background score.

Track listing
1."Ishq Namazaa"Kunwar JunejaGourov DasguptaAnkit Tiwari4:25
2."Yalgaar (The Big Bull)"CarryMinatiWily FrenzyCarryMinati3:15
3."Hawaon Ke Sheher Mein"Kunwar JunejaGourov DasguptaYasser Desai4:57
4."Paise Ka Nasha"Anil VermaMehul VyasSunidhi Chauhan2:56
Total length:15:33


Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rated the movie 1.5 out of 5 stars commenting that “the film's problems are rooted in the screenplay, stilted dialogues and arbitrary character arcs.”[13] Writing for Film Companion, Rahul Desai called the movie a “rushed portrait of a slow-burned legacy” further adding that “Abhishek Bachchan’s version of Harshad Mehta is far more compelling than the story it defines”.[14] Jyoti Kanyal of India Today gave the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars calling it “an interesting watch, which often oscillates between boredom and excitement.”[15]

Ronak Kotecha of Times of India graded the film with 3 out of 5 stars and asked not to let the 'stock of expectations rise too high'. He opined that Abhishek Bachchan 'delivered a decent performance'. In conclusion of review he wrote, "Overall, The Big Bull is a decent attempt to tell a dramatic story of one of India’s biggest financial scams, orchestrated by a man, who seemed more like a common man than a con man."[16]


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  2. ^ "Abhishek Bachchan, Ileana D'Cruz Begin Filming Ajay Devgn's 'The Big Bull'". News 18. 16 September 2019.
  3. ^ "The Big Bull poster: Abhishek Bachchan begins work on upcoming Ajay Devgn production. See pic". The Hindustan Times. 16 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b "'The Big Bull': Abhishek Bachchan's film produced by Ajay Devgn goes on floors". Daily News Analysis. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Abhishek Bachchan kickstarts The Big Bull, produced by Ajay Devgn. Bollywood says all the best". India Today. 15 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b "The Big Bull teaser out: Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn introduce film as 'mother of all scams.'". India TV News. 13 March 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Sanjeev Pandey will be seen in Abhishek Bachchan's next The Big Bull". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Abhishek Bachchan starts filming for Ajay Devgn's production 'The Big Bull' - Times of India". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Abhishek Bachchan starts shooting for The Big Bull, film produced by Ajay Devgn". Firstpost. 16 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Abhishek Bachchan kickstarts The Big Bull, produced by Ajay Devgn. Bollywood says all the best". India Today. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  11. ^ "The Big Bull – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn. 26 March 2021.
  12. ^ Suri, Rishabh (2 April 2021). "CarryMinati on shooting for MayDay in pandemic: I never imagined I could be a one take artist". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  13. ^ "The Big Bull Review: Abhishek Bachchan-Led Cast Struggles In Baffling Blob Of A Movie". Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  14. ^ Desai, Rahul (8 April 2021). "Big Bull, On DisneyPlus Hotstar, Is A Rushed Portrait Of A Slow-Burning Legacy". Film Companion. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  15. ^ Kanyal, Jyoti. "The Big Bull Movie Review. Abhishek Bachchan film adds Bollywood to Harshad Mehta story". India Today. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  16. ^ Kotecha, Ronak. "The Big Bull Movie Review: Don't let the stock of your expectations rise too high". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 April 2021.

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