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Exposing the bad boy tycoons of India

Dazzling the world’s elite with his jewellry, Nirav Modi is suspected of illegally inflating diamond prices.

Despite an earnest effort by Netflix’s docuseries Bad Boy Billionaires: India to document the rise and fall of men behind financial deceit such as Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Subrata Roy — best described as a bunch of “has-beens” whose amoral behaviour eventually led to their fall from grace — it does little to shed new evidence about their cases.

Instead, viewers are left with a lacklustre aftertaste due to the fact that it neither has the tone nor cathartic fix to make it an investigative piece that captures attention.

At best, it is a compilation of news events with journalists that covered the story recounting it for the viewer, together with interviews from former…

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