Harshad Mehta was born in the city of Amalner in 1961. His father was a small-time trader and shopkeeper. Harshad had big dreams for himself, but his family could not afford to send him to college. He started out by opening up a stock brokerage company with the help of his friends. Eventually, he became one of India's most prominent brokers. Though he had many successes, he also made many mistakes, including the infamous 1992 securities scam, which led to his downfall. Today, Harshad Mehta is remembered as one of India's most controversial figures and has become an enduring symbol of both the 1990s Indian economic story and its boom-and-bust cycles.