Abhishek Bachchan is currently gearing up for the release of his next movie ‘The Big Bull’.
Based on the life of Harshad Mehta, the movie will stream worldwide on April 8 on Disney+ Hotstar.
Produced by Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan is playing the role of Harshad Mehta, the stockbroker involved in financial crimes for over 10 years and the man behind the biggest scam in 1992.
Recently, during an interview with Koimoi, the actor opened up on glorifying anti-heroes like Kabir Sing, Joker, and Harshad Mehta in movies.
When Abhishek was asked about the fact that Shahid Kapoor’s ‘Kabir Singh’ was labelled violent, ‘Joker’ in the west starring Joaquin Phoenix was called brutal, where does ‘The Big Bull’ stand in that context. The actor said, “I don’t think it is correct or fair to label them in the way they are. We, as creative people, have to make an interesting story. Which side of the moral divide, I think is decided upon largely by the audience. We have to tell an interesting story. Yes, it is our responsibility as makers obviously not to over glorify somebody who might be an antagonist to a certain degree, but I think as far as ‘The Big Bull’ is concerned, I would leave that decision up to you as the audience to decide whether he was a good guy or a bad guy.”
“We have tried to be as truthful to our material as possible. In life, there is black and white, but what you suddenly realize is that all of us function within the greys. Nobody is perfect. There is a bit of good and there is a bit of bad in everyone. Which part of that you want to retain, I think that is an individual choice, and I think something similar we have shown in ‘The Big Bull’, about the amazing achievements this character made, how he faltered as well because he is human at the end of the day,” he added.
“When you walk out of the film, whether he was somebody who should be praised or should be criticized, I think is something I am very interested to know what the audience comes away from the film. So, I don’t think it would be entirely correct for us as the makers to take a moral stand on the character. We have shown the character in a way we thought would be most entertaining as a story, and intriguing, and something that will capture your attention. Whether you end up liking it or not is a choice I will leave up to the audience,” the actor concluded.
Directed by Kookie Gulati, this crime drama also features Ileana D’Cruz, Nikita Dutta, Ram Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, and Sohum Shah in pivotal roles.