Genre: Crime, Thriller
Duration: 145 Minutes
India Release Date: 26-OCT-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 on 5
Baazaar, the Indian WALL STREET answer to Hollywood, is directed by debutant Gauravv K Chawla. Film stars Saif Ali Khan (shark-like stock trader viz: Shakun Kothari) supported by Radhika Apte, Chitrangada Singh and debutant Rohan Mehra (Late Vinod Mehra’s Son). Film is based on the Indian share market and it plays up the idea of morals over money, or vice versa. the in-form Saif Ali Khan commands your attention with his piercing gaze and dramatic punchlines. With the backdrop of Stock Market, the film is all about Hunger, Greed and Power. Story revolves around Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) who leaves Allahabad and moves to Mumbai, a city with soaring skyscrapers and dreams that fly even higher. His one wish is to work with his idol Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), but the greedy and manipulative world of money, power and the stock market draws Rizwan in, a little too fast. The first half is perfectly paced with Parveez Shaikh and Aseem Arora’s screenplay effective and engaging. Its the second half of the film that keeps the MARKET down and fails. Crisp editing in the second half would have made this film roar at the box office.The movie caters to the mass audience and introduces us to ideas like insider trading, media manipulations, political rigging with great ease, even for the uninitiated. Saif Ali Khan delivers an outstanding performance and this would rank as one of his best acts. His character is a shrewd Gujarati businessman and the little Gujarati touches in his dialogue with the timings are fantastic. He justifies every frame. Radhika Apte looks quite glamorous and charming and as expected, delivers a fine performance. She fits perfect in the role of a young and competitive stock broker. Chitrangda Singh and Manish Chaudhary, with limited presence, still makes big impact. Debutant Rohan Mehra is good but lacks charisma and that brings the thriller crashing at several points with his insipid act. John Stewart Eduri’s background score however is terrific and heightens impact in several scenes. The film’s production design by Shruti Gupte captures the opulence of the setting very well. The setup of DALAL Street looks authentic. All said and done, BAAZAAR with its fair share of ups and downs, is sharp and edgy crime thriller.
Baazaar – A Tale of Greed and Love talks about only three things Money, Money and Money. Saif Ali Khan’s performance makes BAAZAAR Risk Free investment for all movie buffs.
Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 2.5 on 5
Screenplay: 2.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5