Hansal Mehta directing web series Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story has delivered another performance. It has found a place in IMDb’s list of the most popular web series and television series of all time around the world. With Pratik Gandhi in the titular role, it centers around the biggest securities scam the country had seen up until 1992. The actor has now responded to the development, saying it strengthens his confidence in the trade.
The IMDb ratings are determined by users who rate movies and TV shows on a 10-point scale. Currently, Scam 1992 has a rating of 9.6 out of 10. In 2020, when the show was released, it emerged as the highest rated show in IMDb’s Top 10 Indian Web Series of 2020 list. Now it has become the highest rated Indian show in the top 250 TV shows and web series in the world. The other shows on the list are Band of Brothers, Breaking Bad, The Wire and Chernobyl. While Scam 1992 is at number 9, the rankings keep changing from time to time.
Scam 1992 tells the story of stock broker Harshad Mehta who orchestrated the Rs 5,000 crore securities scandal in 1992 which led to the exposing of many loopholes in the functioning of the stock market and banks.
Pratik, who rose to fame after portraying the role of Harshad Mehta, is delighted with the performance. “Well, it’s a super happy feeling. It strengthens our belief in our craft and our instincts as a whole team. I’m very pleased that Scam is the only Indian show to represent the Indian entertainment industry in such an esteemed list of shows,” he told SpotBoye.
In an earlier interview with indianexpress.com, Gandhi had talked about the kind of accolades Scam 1992 received. He said: “I was pleased that I could recreate the character’s life and that people could feel what I was trying to portray. The moment we heard that people could connect with the emotions of the story, it was very satisfying. For the first few days I was just blown away by the response I got from all age groups.”
He added that even several months after its release, he still receives messages from people rewatching or watching the show for the first time. “After making movies in the Gujarati film industry, I had the experience how people react for the first few days, they message you on social media and shower you with love, but for Scam 1992 it still happens. I still get 15-20 messages every day appreciating the show,” Gandhi said.
Scam 1992, an adaptation of the book The Scam: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Got Away by financial journalists Sucheta Dalal and Debashish Basu, is being streamed on SonyLIV.