Content-rich films in Bollywood are on a spree and finding the audience’s applause. 2018 has been a phenomenal year for films in which content itself emerged as a STAR. The new entry in the series is Baazaar, although, it does not get to its predecessors in terms of content but good enough to baffle you intermittently.
Baazaar spins around Rizwan (Rohan Mehra), a highly ambitious small-town stockbroker from Allahabad and his ideal Shakun Kothari who is double ambitious than Rizwan and believes in minting money by hook or by crook. With the ambition to reach Shakun one day, Rizwan starts working with Kishore Wadhwa (Denzil Smith) where he meets Priya Rai (Radhika Apte) and the duo gets into a relationship. After a series of events, the moment comes when Rizwan gets face to face with his ideal in an event where he manages to impress Shakun by predicting a market move, which no one else ever imagined. This paves the way for Shakun-Rizwan bond.
Simultaneously, a SEBI official Rana Dasgupta (Manish Chaudhary) has a clue about Shakun Kothari’s misdealings but fails to get enough evidence. When he gets to know about Shakun and Rizwan’s affinity, Rana starts keeping a close eye on Rizwan too. What happens next forms the crux of the film.
Screenplay and Dialogues
Penned by the trio, Nikhil Advani, Parveez Sheikh, and Aseem Arora, the first half of the film takes you through the insights of stock-market, the greed of a business tycoon and towering ambitions of a small-town lad. However, the second half fails in some instances to hold the expectations built up by the former. The element of thrill diminishes by abrupt songs and some other narrative flaws.
Dialogues of Bazaar are sharp and offers a perfect support to bring out what exactly a character wants to convey. A thumbs up for the dialogue writer.
Helmed by Gauravv K. Chawla, Baazaar describes the passionate money makers with a depth which we have not witnessed ever before in Bollywood. A world which has never been a forte of B-Town storytellers. Gauravv gets full marks for taking the thrill element to another level in the first half which he could maintain even in the second, but we blame the script for that.
Saif Ali Khan nails it once again after the web blaster Sacred Games. We don’t think anyone else other than Saif could slip into Shakun so brilliantly. The debutant Rohan Mehra, son of the late Vinod Mehra, shines and proves his mettle. Radhika Apte also lands a decent support in the role of a love-stricken babe. Although, there is no much scope for Chitrangada Singh but her expressions are enough to convey what she feels.
Why Should You Watch?
Hit the theater for Baazaar because this is probably the first time Bollywood filmmakers are making a foray in the stocks and intrigues associated with it.
Full Cast of Baazaar: Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra, Radhika Apte, Chitrangada Singh, Manish Chaudhary, Denzil Smith, etc.
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