This Is The Only Indian Series Featured In IMDb List Of All Time Favourite
IMDb has curated a list of the most popular web series and television serials of all times and it includes Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. The list, which contains 163 titles from across the world, has only one Indian entry.
Pratik Gandhi who played the eponymous role said to Bollywood Hungama, “We knew we were doing a sincere job of it. But we could never guess it would go this far. My biggest reason for accepting the role of Harshad Mehta was director Hansal Mehta. My producers Applause Entertainment and Sameer Nair were godsent. I love playing real-life characters. I’ve played quite a number of them on stage including Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It’s always a challenge to portray a real-life character especially one as much in the public domain as Harshad Mehta.”
Gandhi did extensive research about Mehta. He says, “I was provided with a lot of material. I also did my own research. There were some videos of Harshad that I studied. There is also an informative interview of Harshad with legendary journalist Pritish Nandy. The script in itself provided a detailed document on the character. All this, plus multiple discussions with the writers and directors helped me a lot.”
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“When I first met director Hansal Mehta he told me I’m too lean and thin to play Harshad Mehta. I had to gain 18 kilos before we started shooting. I gorged on all the Gujarati goodies that I earlier avoided. By the time we started shooting, I had a huge belly and a lot of fat on my face. And of course the trademark Harshad Mehta moustache,” Gandhi shared to Bollywood Hungama.
Col Needham, IMDb Founder, and CEO said, “In fact, our #1 user-rated Indian web series of this year, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, has been so popular that it landed a top spot on the IMDb list of the Top 250 TV Series of all-time.” With 9.5 ratings, the show has also landed a spot in IMDb’s Top 250 TV series of all time on the 18th spot.