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Baazaar (2018)

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Director: Gauravv K. Chawla

Starring: Radhika Apte, Saif Ali Khan, Chitrangda Singh, Rohan Vinod Mehra

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Released on: 26 Oct 2018

Writer: Aseem Arora, Aseem Arora, Parveez Sheikh

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10 (173 Votes)

Duration: 137 min

Synopsis: Baazaar is a 2018 film starring Saif Ali Khan, Chitrangada Singh and Radhika Apte. With a plot revolving around stock-trading, the film, according to director Gauravv K. Chawla’s is about making it in the big bad world of Mumbai.

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Bollywood crime thrillers generally revolve around brutal murders, mysterious abductions, or violence against women. Rarely have seen films centered on the organized crime of business. Yet, this is where the biggest frauds, cheats, and liars aka the criminals hide in plain sight. Gauravv K. Chawla’s latest film, Baazaar, is one such story about a ruthless businessman and the underbelly of stock trading. It stars Saif Ali Khan and Rohan Mehra in the lead roles, with the latter making his film debut.

What’s Baazaar About:
If you have seen the trailer for this film, you already have an idea about the first half of the movie. Small-town boy Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) moves to Mumbai with the ambition of making it big in the city. He meets Priya (Radhika Apte) at a stock trading firm, where they become colleagues and eventually, lovers. Rizwan’s biggest dream is to work for Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan) – a ruthless stock trader who is known to make money by hook or by crook. He manages to impress Shakun by correctly predicting the downfall of a stock and slowly becomes Shakun’s close ally. While Rizwan’s career takes off, the movie goes on to show that the biggest challenge of rising high is the hard fall from the top.
What Works:
For his debut film, Rohan Mehra pulls off his character with finesse. The young man certainly has a bright future in Bollywood and he is well-suited for character roles such as the one he plays in this film. But the real scene stealer in Baazaar is Saif Ali Khan with his stoic demeanor and evil charm. His Bollywood transformation from a boy-next-door to the desperate hero and now this ruthless businessman certainly leaves you in awe of the actor. The Nawab has time and again proven his versatility with a multitude of roles and Shakun Kothari is another feather to his hat. From the accent to the physical quirks, he nails his Gujarati character well.

Apart from the performances, it is the engaging storyline that keeps you hooked throughout the film. There’s a steady progress with not one dull moment. Director Gauravv K. Chawla seems to have taken a gamble with the narrative style that involves breaking the fourth wall and cutting away abruptly from the ongoing story but the risk pays off well. The music of the film is also light with foot-tapping numbers from Yo Yo Honey Singh, Ikka Singh, and Jyotica Tangri.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Baazaar relies heavily on clever dialogue battles between its characters, which seems a tad repetitive by the end of the film. Radhika Apte and Chitrangada Singh (who plays Shakun’s wife) are also underutilized throughout the film.

Why You Should Watch:
Baazaar has all the elements of an entertaining Bollywood film. From the engaging storyline to the charismatic performances and the foot-tapping music, everything blends together to provide you your money’s worth. So if you are looking for an exciting film to watch this weekend, head for Baazaar. Majaa avse!

Baazaar movie review: Saif Ali Khan stands tall, but this film’s stock tanks
Baazaar movie review: Baazaar looks slick enough to have been a passable B-movie, if not for this lacklustre lead, Rohan Mehra. There are many problems with the mediocre Baazaar, but the primary issue is intent.
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Rating – 1.5/5
We might as well blame it on Martin Scorsese. Baazaar, directed by Gauravv K Chawla, is the kind of insipid film that will require someone to take responsibility, and we should point fingers to the master who made The Wolf Of Wall Street. It’s not that this film copies that alarmingly dynamic one, but rather that this director is so obviously seduced by visions of great films about the stock market, that he rushes — eagerly and without preparation — onto the filmmaking floor to try and join the legends.

“Greed is good.” What the classic line from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street doesn’t spell out is how compelling a storyteller needs to be to make greed look good.
This avarice is personified in the film by Saif Ali Khan. As a ruthless Gujarati manipulator, Khan is impressively authoritative. It is admittedly hard to believe him as a self-made man who studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Surat and knows no English, but Khan maintains a fine gruffness. He always seems to know what he’s talking about, even when likening himself to Batman — the superhero whose superpower is money. Alas, he isn’t the lead.
Rohan Mehra, son of memorable actor Vinod Mehra, is a young man appallingly free of charisma. The debutant goes through the predictable motions of a shark-to-be, and does so without any discernible talent. In a scene where he vomits, for example, he doesn’t look like he needs to throw up; he looks like he’s suddenly reminded the script needs him to throw up. Baazaar looks slick enough to have been a passable B-movie, if not for this lacklustre lead. Mehra made me long for the affably amoral Emraan Hashmi.
Mehra plays a young boy from Allahabad who flies up the rungs of the stockbroking world, in that annoying way characters do when writers are lazy: the problem is not in the wonder-kid knowing everything, but in the way nobody around him seems to know anything. One such easily impressed co-worker is Radhika Apte, utterly wasted in this film. Apte is lovely in montages and sequences set to music — entering a room with style, throwing her head back and laughing, casting a side-eyed glance — but it hurts whenever she speaks, because the dialogue she’s given is pure cardboard. Like so: “I want people to stand on terraces to dream, not to commit suicide.”
The ravishing Chitrangada Singh plays Saif’s wife, and shows little ability or desire to emote. Whether placating her distraught daughters or staring down her husband, Singh’s expression stays exactly the same even as she tries to convey her emotions by varying her pout.

Baazaar movie review: An uninteresting film
The treatment of Baazaar is moth-balled (a line in English is translated immediately after in Hindi) and hackneyed. Bad songs punctuate the proceedings. Background music is used to buoy almost every scene.
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Baazaar movie cast: Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra, Radhika Apte, Chitrangada Singh, Denzil Smith, Manish Chaudhary
Baazaar movie director: Gauravv Chawla
Baazaar movie rating: One and a half stars

A famous Hollywood character once intoned: greed is good. He lived the good life: fast lanes, cars, yachts, watches, women. And then came the crash, and we were told that whoever goes up, comes down. That’s what happens when you work from greed, not need.

Saif Ali Khan plays Shakun Kothari, a top Mumbai player, the king of the stock market, who risks big, and wins bigger. Till one day, he doesn’t. Newbie Rizwan Ahmad (Mehra), small town boy from Allahabad understands hunger and drive and is willing to cross a line. Till one day, he isn’t.

The clash between Kothari and Ahmad is one we’ve seen often, between the established biggie and the rapid climber. That’s how Michael Douglas’s Gordon Gecko got to redefine greed in Wall Street in 1987 to the up and coming Charlie Sheen’s bright new boy on the floor; Baazaar in 2018 is almost the same film in a different setting, but with none of the sharpness of the original.
The treatment is moth-balled (a line in English is translated immediately after in Hindi) and hackneyed. Bad songs punctuate the proceedings. Background music is used to buoy almost every scene. We’ve seen almost each of those beats before, to the point we can tell what the character is going to say next.

Debutant Rohan Mehra works hard at investing ambitious Allahabad boy with sincerity. Khan, who does all the heavy lifting here, brings to his never-forget-your-roots Gujju bhai a canny ruthlessness, even if his accent slips in places. He’s always doing something interesting, though: I kept looking for that little thing he does with his fingers, a twist and a flick. It’s nice to see Singh, who plays the rich Kothari’s wife and moral centre, moving away from the forgettable item number template that she’d got stuck with, but she’s more stock than anything else. And Apte, as Ahmad’s girl-friend, is playing Apte: she’s never unwatchable, but she’s getting repetitive. Time for role change.
The faithful old-timers Kothari surrounds himself with, and the traditional ways of doing business in today’s age: some of those little touches lift the film, and you hope for more, but it sinks right back into its axis of corrupt politicians, stockbrokers with too much wealth, insider trading and complicit TV anchors, rich men (and women) plotting to make more money, and others about to step off high-rises. Seen that.

Net worth of Baazaar: an interesting bunch of actors in an uninteresting, uninvolving film.

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Baazaar Movie Review is out now. Starring Saif Ali Khan, Chitrangda Singh, Radhika Apte and debutante Rohan Mehra, Baazaar is helmed by first-time director Gauravv K Chawla.
Keeping aside the box-office performances of his last few releases, Saif Ali Khan has been giving some brilliant performances. Sometimes direction fails him, sometimes screenplay or sometimes lack of promotion, etc, but that’s an argument for another time. His latest film Baazaar is another example of a scene-stealing performance.

Baazaar is about Rizwan Siddiqui (Rohan Mehra), who is a small-time stockbroker. He idolises Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), who is an infamous businessman. In the media, in authority and among his friends and competitors, he is considered a fraud, but for Rizwan, he is his god and someone he wants to work with. Rizwan’s life takes a turn when he finally catches Shakun’s eye. But is it for good?
The movie works mainly because of the star of the film – Saif Ali Khan. He is phenomenal. The initial few scenes in the film are somewhat awkward, but the movie picks up once Saif makes an entry and takes centre stage. His evil charm is infectious and keeps the momentum going despite several cliches and shortcomings of the film.

The screenplay is fine but it’s the execution of several scenes that leaves a lot to be desired. There are some scenes that bring out unintentional laughter. The first half is just about average but the movie becomes quite interesting in the second half. However, the climax is weak. Which, I think, should have been the high point of the film.

The music is just about okay. Kem Cho is catchy though. On the other side, the background score of Saif’s character is outstanding.
Talking about the direction of first-timer Gauravv K Chawla, it’s a hit and miss. He has handled some scenes quite well and some are plain mediocre. Same goes for the writing, which was uneven. The movie is predictable from start to finish. You would see the two supposedly big twists coming from a distance.

The dialogues are another highlight, but only those spoken by Saif. It looked like all the good dialogues were given to him and the writer ran out of ideas and creativity post that.

One particular scene where Saif tells a story to SEBI officer Manish Chaudhary will surely get the maximum cheers. That scene also displays the class of Saif Ali Khan.

As mentioned above, Saif is on an all-time high. I loved the fact that his character was not a one-note evil one. He is a scene stealer. His Gujarati diction and the way he pronounces certain words is impressive and spot on. Not even once does he lose the character. And moreover, makes Shakun Kothari believable.

Radhika Apte looks stunning and performs well as usual but her character takes a backseat after the first hour. I so wish she had more to do.

Chitrangda Singh is breathtakingly beautiful and even though her character was not that strong it had some layers to it.

Debutante Rohan Mehra makes a confident debut with his earnest performance. He has a great voice. But his characterisation was poor and his performance is odd in some scenes. Come to think of it, he doesn’t really do anything on his own. Not giving any spoiler here, but you’ll realise when you’ll watch the movie.

Overall, Baazaar works mainly because of Saif Ali Khan and his whistle-worthy dialogues. Saif’s evil charm will keep you engaged throughout. If only the execution was not banal, if only.

Rating: 2.5 stars
Review By: Gaurang Chauhan

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Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)

A stock market thriller, Baazaar, directed by first-timer Gauravv K. Chawla, spins mainly around on stock devices. A small-town lad heads to Mumbai with the intention of working with his role model, a corporate czar with a rags-to-riches story that begins at the age of ten with smuggling diamonds on crowded Surat to Mumbai express trains. The two worlds collide, the contrast between a 100-meter sprint and a marathon race is discussed, numbers are crunched, nefarious deals are struck, stocks are bought and dumped and fortunes are made and marred. That is a lot of effort for a film so underwhelming.

Baazaar, which is anchored by a rock-solid pivotal performance from Saif Ali Khan, gallops at a fair clip, but it still feels a tad starchy owing to its predictable storyline. In the guise of Dalal Street’s Gordon Gecko, Khan propels the film’s sharper moments, conveying the unabashed amorality of a stock market trader who wears a very thin cloak of civility as he operates in a manner that leaves behinds no trail of his fraudulent practices. When the mask slips – it does so frequently – his fangs cause great damage. Khan invests the character with disarming charm and suave steeliness and. In the process, he renders it that much more shifty and venomous.
While Khan’s classy act might not be the sole high point of Baazaar, the film as a whole, despite being a decent enough stab at a genre that isn’t Bollywood’s forte, just about passes muster. Its propensity to resort to clichés in delineating an unabashedly greedy, unscrupulous wealth creator who rides roughshod over his allies and rivals alike prevents it from offering little by way of striking novelty, especially for those who haven’t yet forgotten Oliver Stone’s Michael Douglas-Charlie Sheen drama Wall Street, released more than three decades ago.

Baazaar forays into a universe that is similar to that of Jordan Belfort, the real life-inspired anti-hero of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), but it lacks the sustained nerviness required to turn its stream of pop philosophy into a deeper, more rounded rumination on the wages of corporate greed. Corruption in high places, insider trading, rampant manipulation of the share prices, mergers, hostile takeovers and media games are the film’s standard elements. At times, they deliver. At others, they induce yawns.

Shakun Kothari (Khan) is a self-absorbed tycoon who plays the market through means more foul than fair and, like Gecko, believes that money is power and greed is good. Allahabad University grad Rizwan Ahmed (debutant Rohan Mehra) hero-worships the shark and wants to follow him into the deep seas. The latter is inevitably sucked into the hustle and bustle of the stock market and loses his moral and emotional bearings.

Kothari, by his own admission, depends solely on mathematics. Rizwan lays bigger store by emotions. Sadly, while the numbers do not always add up, the emotions never rise above the strictly superficial.
In the early scenes, Rizwan’s dad earns himself a pretty wristwatch as a token of appreciation from the company he has served for 25 years. But the young man will have none of that. The lure of lucre drives him away from the terrace of his home in Allahabad to the rooftop of a high-rise that houses the office of his employers, a leading stockbroking firm. I am here not to jump off this building but to take flight, he declares to Priya Rai (Radhika Apte), a colleague who quickly becomes his guide and lover.
In the opening sequence, the ambitious young man, hobbled by his self-confessed “small town mentality”, is at his tether’s end and set to kill himself. In the nick of time, his own voice takes over and begins to throw light on the reasons that have brought him to a ledge overlooking the Mumbai skyline.

His story alternates between the simplistic and the contrived: Rizwan faces serious ridicule from other stockbrokers as he seeks to break into their world. He finds the strength to keep going even when the chips are down – there is always a song and ear-splitting background music to express the magnitude of his problems – and manages to not only come out in one piece but also appreciably emboldened. No prizes for guessing, the further he sinks into the quagmire, the more deleterious the game gets for him.

Rizwan is no less important than Shakun in the Baazaar plot, but with debutant Rohan Mehra struggling to tide over his limitations, the ingenue’s coming-of-age tale does not ever generate the momentum or tension that it needs in order to keep pace with Shakun’s crafty ways. This dissonance between the two strands that crisscross at crucial points disrupts the film’s flow.
The difference between victory and defeat, declares Shakun, is hunger. But once Rizwan’s hunger is satiated, he turns into a whiny, whimpering slob who goes scurrying to the stock market regulators – represented by Manish Chaudhry in a cameo – to spill the beans and bring his mentor to book. And therein lies one of the reasons why the young man turns suicidal.
The principal female characters – apart from the conniving Priya, there is Shakun’s wife Mandira (Chitrangada Singh) – do not have the kind of roles that could put them at the centre of the plot, but the two actresses do not fail to make their presence felt. The screenplay does them no favours in terms of either length or depth, which only robs the film of the possibility of upping its game.

BAAZAAR MOVIE REVIEW
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TIMES OF INDIA
Critic’s Rating:
3.5/5
Worth your buck

Baazaar Story: Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) leaves Allahabad behind and with it, the small-town mentality, too. He 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.

Baazaar Review: A wily movie character once said, “Greed is good”. It’s a thought that sums up the very concept of stock markets pretty well. Millions of people around the world invest in shares with the ultimate aim of making a quick buck. Baazaar is a film based on the share market and it plays up the idea of morals over money, or vice versa, depending on which character from the film you root for. For audiences saturated with love stories and family sagas, the edgy thrills of a crime drama like Baazaar, can offer a whole new entertainment experience. One of the highlights of the film is Saif Ali Khan’s performance. The streak of grey in his hair is just as sexy as the grey shades of the role. Even though the film has a strong hangover of Michael Douglas’ Wall Street (1987), this thriller about money, money and more money does offer a rich blend of entertainment.

The first thing to note about Baazaar is the fact that it’s a slickly made film. It is based in Mumbai and it chronicles the world of stock brokers, power brokers, businessmen, industrialists and a host of rich and powerful people. The film’s production design by Shruti Gupte captures the opulence of the setting very well. The background score by John Stewart Eduri is in perfect sync with the thriller theme, too. Director Gauravv K Chawla manages to create a gripping atmosphere for most part of the runtime.

The writing by Aseem Arora and Parveez Shaikh is good, but the writer could have avoided a few loopholes. Most of the situations in Baazaar play out identically to the events in Wall Street. The screenplay does take a while to setup the plot, but the second half of the film picks up pace and throws up a few surprises, too. Saif Ali Khan’s character is a shrewd Gujarati businessman and the little Gujarati touches in the dialogue as well as the setting are fantastic. They make the film’s Dalal Street setup look authentic. The characters are all grey and there is no inclination to whitewash the grey shades. Every character in Baazaar has its own moral compass. The narrative could have been tauter with fewer songs.

Saif Ali Khan as a suave, shrewd, but typical Gujarati guy is the best thing about the film. His twang and his good-looks create the perfect air for the character. Saif’s natural finesse adds to the role, but the actor really shines through in the many shades of grey. Debutant Rohan Mehra is pretty good too. The young actor shows ease and control in his very first performance. Radhika Apte is very good in the role of a young and competitive stock broker. Chitrangda Singh and Manish Chaudhary, in smaller roles, still make big impact.

Baazaar uses plenty of stock market jargon and showcases complex ideas like insider trading and financial manipulation with ease. It’s great to see an edgy story unfold in completely new settings in a Hindi film. The movie has a lot of hustle and power play from the world of industrialists, politicians and money brokers, and that makes for a smart investment, especially for movie buffs.

MUMBAI MIRROR
Critic’s Rating:
3.0/5
Baazaar opens to a scene that could well be borrowed from an Abbas-Mustan thriller. A hostile takeover is in progress. As an elderly man exits a meditation hall, he is accosted by a colleague he dislikes. This person tells him that he has had a good run but encourages him to voluntarily retire and hand over the management of his company. To infuse additional drama to the proceedings, he places before him three envelopes that he must choose from. The first contains a letter of resignation allowing a few months’ notice to wrap up his affairs, the second — a letter intimating resignation with immediate effect, the third states that he is being fired from his services as the president of the board. These envelopes are graded in the descending order of “izzat” they extend. And when the flummoxed senior responds unfavourably, he’s informed of a fourth envelope accompanied by a jarring background score that hopes to convey the perplexed state. A classic Abbas-Mustan twist.

Heavily inspired by the 1987 classic Wall Street, this one is a noble attempt to relay a compelling story of financial fraud to audiences unfamiliar with the Oliver Stone film on insider trading. That one was headlined by Michael Douglas who played the ruthless stock trader Gordon Gekko. This one features a similar capitalist reptile, Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan) who, like Gekko, believes in “business not emotions”. In that one, aspiring stock broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) was prepared to part with his spleen to get a chance to work with his ultimate guru, the infamous stock market maverick Gekko. In this desi version, we have Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra), a stock broker from Allahabad (perhaps, the last time we get to call it that) who worships Kothari and believes his “small-town mentality” can’t keep him down in the big city.

Stories surrounding stock market wheeling and dealings follow a typical route. Those who go astray in an effort to make a quick million are so blinded by the gratification, they invariably get addicted to the unruly ways. Evidently, this doesn’t bode well for those involved and a shift in morals seems like the only resort. Baazaar doesn’t stray too far from this construct and Rizwan’s appetite to rise above the rest nosedives when he learns that his mentor Kothari’s unscrupulous plans that could be detrimental to him.

Wall Street was universally lauded for Douglas’ ability to infuse his Gekko with an abominable manner. Khan’s Kothari packs in a nefarious tinge but isn’t particularly intimidating and that takes away from what could’ve been a memorable Hindi film character. Mehra’s promising in his debut and this one’s a great vehicle for a launch. Radhika Apte’s Priya who is paired opposite Mehra, is a strong supporting part and Chitrangada Singh as the Kothari’s society doyenne wife Mandira is a character that doesn’t make or break this film.

Director Gauravv K Chawla is tuned in to the vital masalas that make for a Hindi blockbuster and uses the tropes to heighten the drama. While the tension he manages to conjure isn’t consistent, it often leave one in anticipation for the next scene. So if you’ve not watched the Hollywood version, this may interest and occasionally, even manage to entertain you.

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