Akshay-Kumar

Hansal and Jai Mehta

Where: Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story

Why: At a time when all the major shows were releasing on streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, director and father-son duo Hansal and Jai Mehta released their biographical thriller based on the late stockbroker, Harshad Mehta, on SonyLIV. This unconventional move was further accompanied by a relatively lesser-known star cast - including Pratik Gandhi as the titular character, and Shreya Dhanwanthary as journalist Sucheta Dalal. However, Scam 1992 turned out to be a 'How to make an impeccable Hindi web show' masterclass, with some stellar performances, a gripping, immersive narrative and a viral background score ensuring that the 'risk' turned into 'ishq' for them and viewers alike. The series became SonyLIV’s most-viewed show, helping it gain close to 2 million paid subscribers within weeks of its release.




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