Earlier this year, when the sequel to Race 3 released, we learnt an invaluable lesson. That someone's business is their business, none of our business. Imparting this bit of advice, Daisy Shah looked like she meant business. And as we catch a press show of Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra, Radhika Apte and Chitrangada Singh-starrer Baazaar, we wish she could watch it with us, for in this film their business is certainly our business.
Okay, jokes apart, we are here to talk about Baazaar and all that it has to offer. We must admit that the trailer of the film has us quite intrigued. The premise of a market player mentoring an aspiring businessman, helping him navigate the big, bad world of finance isn't something that you get to watch in a Bollywood film everyday. Thrillers are as is not a genre that receives its due in the Hindi film industry. Hence we have our hopes pinned on Baazaar. Here's what we think of it...
What's it about
Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) comes to the city of dreams, Mumbai, from Allahabad. In the transition, he also leaves behind his small-town mentality. He thinks of Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan) as his God and aspires to train under him. After coming to Mumbai he realises that to get to him, the easiest way is through a broking firm. Gulping down a cup of coffee in which someone had spat, he worms his way into the company and also the heart of a key player of the game, Priya Rai (Radhika Apte). She slips him insider information and helps him not just impress Shakun but also become one of his trusted aides. Shakun's wife, Mandira (Chitrangada Singh) also takes quite a liking to him and thinks of him as family. But does Shakun, who thinks all is fair in business, cheat him too or does Rizwan succeed in making it big in the Maximum City? That's for you to find out...
The story, though heavily inspired from Wall Street, is riveting. The plot twists keep you on the edge of your seat and that's all that a thriller sets out to do, doesn't it? Saif, as a ruthless, conniving businessman, is convincing. He justifies his actions with ease and that helps you relate to his Shakun. Saif might have missed out on the sequel of a thriller franchise that belonged to him earlier this year, but he more than makes up for it with Baazaar. Rohan, in his debut appearance, comes across as an honest actor. He does well in the scenes that require Rizwan to be a stoic-faced and calculating trader. However, character doesn't have much scope in terms of expressing emotions. So it will take more than this film to see his calibre. Radhika Apte is good too but you wish there was more to her character. Chitrangada Singh doesn't have much to do but she sure looks pretty while doing whatever little she has been asked to. The background score lends to the film beautifully too.
There are a lot of loopholes in the film. For example the timeline seems completely off. It seems very unrealistic for a businessman like Shakun to place his trust in a rookie like Rizwan in just two months. You want to see a little more struggle and a lot more failure in the film. Agreed that the makers went for the kill and made it seem like a game but such a meteoric rise in the blink of an eye is a little hard to digest. Also the many songs take away a lot from the plot. The slick and tight script is marred when the characters, who are otherwise all business, break into a jig. So incongruous!
There's a certain joy in paying for the seats and sitting on its edge throughout the movie, for it is such a riveting affair. If you want to buy some thrills this weekend, head to this Baazaar.
3.5 out of 5
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