TopYaps Rating: 3.5/5
Debutant filmmaker Gauravv K. Chawla has at least made an honest attempt to try something new and unexplored. His first film Baazaar revolves around stock markets, something we have not seen in Hindi cinema. So, let’s find out whether his movie hits a home run or not.
What will win your heart?
The movie traces the story of calm, composed but extremely ambitious Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) who lands in Mumbai , to better his life and be a player rather than a spectator.
There is perhaps only one man on the entire Earth he admires and wants to work with – Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), a sharp and ruthless businessman who is one of the biggest sharks of stock business.
Rizwan joins a leading trading company where his colleague Priya (Radhika Apte) helps him a lot in his journey. In the end, Rizwan does fulfill some of his dreams, but at the cost no one would like to pay. What happens next forms the crux of the story.
What Makes Or Breaks It?
Baazaar, by all means, is one of the best thrillers that have hit screens in 2018 so far. Director Gauravv K. Chawla, who is making his directorial debut with the film, has done his job fantastically well. His film is not only engaging and entertaining but informative also.
There are a lot of things a common man does not know about stocks. Baazaar at least familiarizes them with the basics. Chawla perhaps knew that resorting to numbers and stocks too much would have made his movie look like a dull documentary and hence, he spices it up with drama, romance, suspense and what all goes on in the lives of people plunged into the world of stocks.
Performances are simply outstanding in the Nikkhil Advani-produced movie. Saif Ali Khan, who plays a shrewd Gujarati businessman, suites in his impeccably written role so much that you feel like it was written keeping only him in mind. After Race and Race 2, Baazaar is the only film where Saif shows his full acting prowess.
Rohan Mehra, the son of late yesteryear actor Vinod Mehra, impresses with his debut performance. His is a very challenging role and he pulls it off convincingly. Sharing screen space with an established actor like Saif in one’s first film only is not an easy job, but Mehra does his best and comes out with flying colors.
Radhika Apte also gets a meaty part to play and she, too, does a brilliant job. It’s good to see her play a sporty and vivacious girl after some back-to-back dark roles. Chitrangada Singh has a comparatively smaller role to play, but the actress delivers in whatever she was offered.
Writing and screenplay, coupled with electric performances, are the highlight of Baazaar. Though the movie may seem heavily inspired by Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987), it has enough thrill and suspense to entertain those who have not seen the Hollywood classic or any other finance film before, for that matter.
Baazaar is a film which will be remembered for its crisp writing. The background score of the movie adds a lot to the narrative. Cinematography is outstanding, too.
Replete with challenges, endless risks, scams and, of course, unchecked greed, movies revolving around stock markets make for compelling cinema if executed well and are powered by genuine performances. Many people may find it hard to digest, but Baazaar has a perfect blend of all these ingredients. It is riveting and paisa vasool.
Banner: Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Kyta Productions, Emmay Entertainment, B4U Movies
Director: Gauravv K. Chawla
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Chitrangda Singh, Denzil Smith, Rohan Mehra
Music: Tanishk Bagchi, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Kanika Kapoor, Sohail Sen, Bilal Saeed
Runtime: 140 Minutes