Bad Boy Billionaires: India

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Docuseries profiles some of India's wealthiest criminals.

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Positive Messages

Being a smart and sharp business person is noble, but greed and illegal acts will lead to financial and legal troubles. 

Positive Role Models

The billionaires are charged with crimes like theft, fraud, embezzlement, etc. The tycoons are men, but their wives and families also enjoyed extravagant lifestyles and spent excessive amounts of money. 

Violence

There’s some yelling and testy exchanges, especially between defendants and journalists. One scene shows a helicopter crashing from the inside (but no one is shown injured). 

Sex

There are references to owning "sexy" businesses and hiring good looking models. 

Language

Curses like "s--t" are occasionally used. 

Consumerism

Corporate brands like Kingfisher, Modi jewelry, and others are central to the narratives featured. Luxury cars like Maserati, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are shown, and logos for DHL and other airlines are visible on abandoned airplanes. Indian and British news outlets, including The Daily Telegraph are also featured. iPhones are prominently visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Smoking is visible. Drinking (wine, cocktails) visible. One billionaire's family earned its wealth by selling liquor, which challenges Indian tradition.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bad Boy Billionaires: India is a Netflix docuseries that profiles some of India’s most wealthy, and most wanted, businessmen. There’s some occasional cursing, some testy exchanges, and mild innuendo. Smoking and drinking is visible, and there’s lots of high-end cars and other luxury brands discussed or shown. 

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What's the story?

BAD BOY BILLIONAIRES: INDIA is an investigative documentary series that profiles some of India’s richest men and exposes the major fraud they’ve allegedly committed. Liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy, the chairman of the Sahara India Pariwar business conglomerate, and jeweler Nirav Modi were all extremely successful businessmen who enjoyed the luxuries that came with making billions, and who often challenged some of India’s traditional and cultural norms. Interviews with former business partners and employees, friends, family members, and journalists shed light on their personal motivations and professional successes. They also offer details about what crimes they allegedly committed, and the legal troubles that followed. Archival footage of interviews with the businessmen, as well as other public moments, rounds out each narrative. 

Is it any good?

This controversial series, the release of which was the subject of legal dispute in India, takes an in-depth look at some of India’s most high profile business criminals. It highlights how each man went from being a successful billionaire to criminal fugitives. Their achievements and failures are discussed within the context of Indian economic and social history, family legacy, and current business trends, including efforts to enter luxury and lifestyle markets that cater to the West.  

The discussions about the lavish way these men and their families have lived is eye-opening. So is the amount of suffering their actions have caused. But the extensive details about their business dealings and decisions gets a little dry. Nonetheless, Bad Boy Billionaires: India is still compelling and worth tuning into if you’re looking for an entertaing docuseries. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the people profiled in Bad Boy Billionaires: India. What do they have in common? What kind of things did they do to to face legal trouble? 

  • There was an attempt to keep Bad Boy Billionaires: India from being seen by the international public. Why? Did the media attention it received as a result generate more interest in it? Does it live up to the hype?

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