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Bad Boy Billionaires: India – An engrossing saga of revelations.

Aakash Mishra

Bad Boy Billionaires: India just like any other good docuseries makes you think rather than enjoy. You wonder how easily some people trick the whole system and go scot-free while some of us don’t get a single day extension to pay our EMIs or credit card bills. 

Netflix’s docuseries Bad Boy Billionaires: India came in controversies as soon as it was announced. It was challenged in two courts, one in Bihar by Saharasri Subrata Roy and another in Hyderabad by Satyam Ramalinga Raju. But, with the Bihar court now vacating its stay order, Netflix silently dropped the three episodes of the docuseries capturing the greedy lives of three billionaires of India – Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Subrata Roy. A fourth episode, regarding IT multi-millionaire Ramalinga Raju is still not released on the streaming platform.

If you are expecting that you will learn something new about these three fraud billionaires then let make it very clear that this isn’t made to serve that purpose. Each and everything revealed in the show is easily accessible for everyone in various public domains. But, what this docuseries really does is that it assembled everything about these three fraud billionaires and weaved it into a gripping narrative.

The first episode is about Vijay Mallya and is correctly named as “ The King of Good Times.” We get close insights about his lavish parties and how he builds his “luxurious” empire after he was suddenly left to control a successful brewery business established by his father. The unending greed made him a defaulter of ₹9000 crores. We see a cluster of interviews from different journalists and his close friends. Even, his son Siddharth Mallya gives us some insights about his ambitions.

The second episode called “ Diamonds aren’t forever” serves us the story of Nirav Modi. We get to know how a jeweler who had basically risen out of nowhere, was a messiah for many poor families in Gujarat and even featured in the cover of Forbes Magazine. Almost everyone associated with him was shocked and he was even regarded as a very intelligent man with great observation skills.  Eventually, a love for high life destroyed all his goodwill.

Subrata Roy basically made many Indians invest in a  pyramid scheme. His company promised that a small amount of investment would eventually become “ double” after a few years. Roy used that money to fund his airlines and also on his dream project called Amby Valley. Later on, he also invested that money in buying his own cricket team. He was in jail for two years and currently he is out on bail.

Bad Boy Billionaires: India just like any other good docuseries makes you think rather than enjoy. You wonder how easily some people trick the whole system and go scot-free while some of us don’t get a single day extension to pay our EMIs or credit card bills.

Directors: Dylan Mohan Gray, Johanna Hamilton, Nick Reid.

Streaming: Netflix.

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