As Abhishek Bachchan’s upcoming film The Big Bull draws near, many fans are curious about the portrayal of the infamous stockbroker that the film is based on. Many have noticed that the film portrays Harshad Mehta as a successful entrepreneur and not a fraud. In a recent interview with midday, Abhishek Bachchan has cleared all doubts about this.
Speaking about his role in the film the actor said, “ Hemant Shah, my character, is a flawed one. I don’t know if I agree entirely with the fact that the moral responsibility of the subject is on the writers. They are storytellers and they shouldn’t bother with morality. When we - producers, actors and the director steps in, that’s when the moral responsibility steps in. Do you deify this man or do you humanise? I was clear in my initial discussions that if he is aspirational, he has to be shown as a flawed man. If everything about him was to be heroic, he’d be uni-dimensional. He has human frailties and I like the fact that he slips.”
The actor also said that the Indian audience enjoys flawed characters as they have more depth. He added saying, “ We have come of age as an audience. We want our heroes to be real and flawed. Hemant is from a chawl and then owns an apartment with a swimming pool on the balcony. It’s easy to take a stand on this guy but what makes him interesting, for me, is that we show him for who he is.”