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Baazaar Review: Saif Ali Khan Starrer Fails Despite Strong Performances

  • Avipsha Sengupta

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    Desimartini | Updated - October 26, 2018 10:42 AM IST
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    Verdict - Baazaar Is A Risky Venture That Demands Too Much Investment But Doesn't Give Enough Returns

    BaazaarWatch trailerRelease date : October 26, 2018

    How do you judge a movie that has every ingredient in place but yet fails to come out as a tasty treat? Bazaar, per say, is not a bad film, it is just a tedious one.
    Coming to the positives of the movie, what debutante director Gaurav K Chawla manages is to nail is the casting. Saif Ali Khan as Shakun Kothari the merciless gujju business maverick, Radhika Apte as Priya Rai, the corporate high flyer, Chitrangada Singh as Mandira Parekh the beautifully layered and gorgeous wife of Shakun Kothari are pitch perfect for their roles and brings so much more to the table than what the director could have possibly imagine while writing the roles. But the real surprise is Rohan Mehra, late veteran actor Vinod Mehra’s son as Rizwan Ahmed who not only holds his ground amidst these talented actors but quite impressive in many scenes.
    He has the voice, the screen presence and some serious acting chops. As the ‘Allahabad ka launda’ trying to break into the big bad world of Mumbai Stock Exchange with an ambition to go as big as the sky, he is convincing. In fact, one can argue that after Ishaan Khatter, this is another star kid debut of the year that is worth noticing.
    But despite good performances Bazaar falters due to the lack of coherence and vision. Debutante director Gaurav K Chawla has done enough research on stock markets and black money in business but he fails to maintain a balance. At times the movie feels like an assignment of a MBA Finance student and the plot demands too much attention and a solid knowledge of stocks, business and ‘hawala’just to grasp what’s going on in the film and then suddenly the director realizes that it is a film and jumps into dramatic antics that appear way too convenient. This constant fluctuation makes for a jumpy and erratic viewing experience which sinks the boat of the movie. As if that was not enough, the super loud background score that jumps out at randomly and poor music adds to the jarring experience. Also, the movie, with all its desi swagger, is a little predictable.
    It is probably because of the backdrop and the general feel of the plot, but the film pans out like a strange mish-mash of Corporate, Raees and the Ajay Devgn and Shahid Kapoor starrer 2005’s Shikhar.
    In conclusion, Bazaar is definitely not a must watch but isn’t a waste of your time and money either.

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