Baazaar movie review
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra, Radhika Apte, Chitrangda Singh
Director: Gauravv K. Chawla
The movie Baazaar is not only based on share markets but also on how the world is run by greed and money overpowering the truth and loyalty. Debutant Rizvan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra), a young guy moves to Mumbai to crack the stock market and meet and impress one of its most successful players and his idol, Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan) who is a suave and powerful Gujarati trader. Both have one thing in common, to prove that their small town credentials and limited English speaking skills don’t determine their business sense. In the path of working towards his dreams, Rizvan meets Priya Rai (Radhika Apte) and falls in love with her. She also helps him in achieving desire of working with his idol, Shakun. Shakun’s trophy wife, Mandira Kothari (Chitrangda Singh) however plays a minor but impactful role. Rizvan uses his small-town mentality fused with emotions to win over his mentor and becomes an ally. Its not a piece of cake to maintain your position up high in the air, in this world. So Rizvan is taken up on a test to earn what he wants.
A movie like Baazaar can give us a whole new experience, it includes a dark, strong, crime drama which gets us on the edges of our seats to see what’s gonna happen next. It gets us thoroughly engrossed.
Coming to the performances, Saif Ali Khan as Shakun Kothari played justice to the role of a sophisticated, astute though typical Gujarati businessman. He always knows what he is doing and talking about, very eccentric yet a firm man. He steals the show by his Gujarati accent and intellectuality. This is surely the most witty and felicitously written storyline that Saif Ali Khan has graced by his marvellous performance. Even though being Rohan Mehra’s debut, he toatally gave a match to Saif with his dynamic performance. He played Rizvan Ahmed, a small-town lad with big dreams, who came to Mumbai with an aim to meet and become a person like his idol, Shakun Kothari. Rizvan finds love and an associate in Priya Rai (Radhika Apte), a powerful, attractive lady who is a seasoned broker. We also have Mandira Kothari (Chitrangda Singh), Shakun’s wife who has one scene where the teary-eyed Rizvan tells his mentor’s wife that sometimes you just need to give the one you love a tight slap. This dialogue plays a very crucial role in framing the story further. Chitrangda’s acting was as always up to the mark but the role did not do justice to her acting.
Direction of the film has been done stupendously with great dialogues. The film has shades of darkness with elements of commercialness which makes it harder for audience to not be inquisitive. However, the film story keeps you so intact that you don’t feel the necessity of the songs. Although the song La La La by Neha Kakkar and Bilal Saeed is a great party number, the chemistry between the leads in the song is impressive and the lyrics by Bilal Saeed are upbeat too.
Baazaar is definitely a one time watch, even if you are not interested in share market. It shows how people use their minds to get on the top of the world.
Cinespeaks gives 4 stars.
Written by: Rujuta Thete