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Bad Boy Billionaires – India review: No revelations, but a gripping narrative of what we know

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Unhealthy Boy Billionaires – India overview: No revelations, however a gripping narrative of what we all know

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October 5, 2020 10:30:34 pm


Bad Boy BillionairesUnhealthy Boy Billionaires: India is streaming on Netflix. (Pictures: Specific Archive and Netflix)

Opposite to the individuals it options — the large, dangerous flamboyant newsmakers of Indian enterprise — the documentary sequence Unhealthy Boy Billionaires: India dropped reasonably quietly on Netflix right now. The three episodes of the documentary sequence function the tales of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Subrata Roy who’ve been within the information for fees of fraud, cash laundering and defrauding public sector banks. A fourth episode revolving round IT big Ramalinga Raju is at present unavailable on the streaming service.

For starters, let’s make it clear that the sequence — which has a separate director for every particular person episode — doesn’t shed any new mild on these three newsmakers. All the pieces that the makers showcase may be very a lot obtainable within the public area. However what it does is, deliver all that data collectively coherently and weave a reasonably engrossing narrative. Divided into three separate episodes, the one with Mallya known as ‘The King of Good Instances’, the one with Modi is aptly titled ‘Diamonds aren’t eternally’, and the one that includes Roy known as ‘The world’s largest household’. The sequence crunches inches and inches of newsprint and hours and hours of stories footage right into a ‘Cliffs Notes’ model of what actually occurred. It’s how the narrative is stitched that’s noteworthy.

We get a sneak peek into the world of Vijay Mallya, and his lavish events and the way he craved glamour and appreciated being the centre of consideration. The episode with Mallya is especially nicely carried out, as we hear from his son Sid Mallya, Kiran Majumder-Shaw (a household buddy) and many individuals who have been near him. Trade consultants and different journalists who adopted this story are featured within the episode. We undergo the entire gamut, as we see the meteoric rise of Mallya, and his eventual crash and the Rs 9000 crore mortgage that he had defaulted upon.

An identical storyline is woven for Nirav Modi, this jeweller who had risen out of nowhere, and was even featured on the quilt of Sothebys. We meet individuals who labored with him, and a few for him. So much is alleged about his consideration to element and the way he too cherished the excessive life. Finally, all of it got here tumbling down, when a financial institution worker retires, and his successor is unable to offer the identical ‘versatile’ and ‘simple’ phrases to Modi.

The episode with Subrata Roy is the longest, and maybe the one which impacts the aam junta probably the most. We see a dramatised model of a younger Roy in his 30’s roaming across the UP hinterland on his Lambretta, and there’s a Kinley water bottle within the basket of the scooter. Undecided if there was a time when the 2 manufacturers overlapped in India. However kudos for making an attempt to color an genuine image.

Roy had the poorest of Indians spend money on what could be known as a ‘pyramid scheme’, the place many had divested their hard-earned each day wages right into a scheme which promised that their funding would ‘double or triple’ in a mentioned period of time. He allegedly used that funding to fund his airways, his dream challenge of Amby Valley and his firm’s sponsorship of the Indian cricket group. Roy was even jailed for 2 years. He’s at present out on bail.

Unhealthy Boy Billionaires: India is a refresher course on how some people can maintain and wield an excessive amount of energy, that they appear to past reproach. The documentary sequence brings house that reality and the way. All good documentaries make you pause and ponder. This one certainly makes one suppose, and surprise after which in the end query whether it is that simple to fraud a nationalised financial institution of Rs 9000 crore? And nobody will discover something? Nirav Modi allegedly stored on bribing workers of one other nationalised financial institution for six years. Keep in mind all of the paperwork it takes to open an account in any one of many 19 nationalised banks of India? However right here, defrauding them appears far simpler. Subrata Roy took it to a different degree, the place he bypassed all banking methods and monetary establishments, and went straight to the general public and requested for cash.

The documentary sequence if nothing else, makes you are feeling silly as you surprise in case your credit score restrict will not be over-extended for this month. However right here, these large highly effective individuals have been allowed to use the system and use it to their benefit and go scot-free.

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