Director: Gauravv K. Chawla
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Chitrangda Singh & Rohan Vinod Mehra
Written by: Parveez Sheikh & Aseem Arora
BAAZAAR is a film that is based around, money, greed and power. Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra), a small time stock broker in Allahabad, is not happy with his earnings and how things are going and hence, comes to Mumbai with the dream of working with a business tycoon Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan). he initially manages to get a chance to work with Kishore Wadhwa (Denzil Smith) in his trading company, where he meets Priya Rai (Radhika Apte) and both later get into a relationship. Later, at a high profile event Rizwan finally comes face to face with Shakun Kothari. He there impresses Shakun by correctly predicting an upcoming market development which no one else could predict. Shakun hence opens his trading account with Rizwan and slowly both become very close friends. On the other hand, a SEBI official Rana Dasgupta (Manish Chaudhari) is aware of Shakun Kothari’s misdealings due to lack of evidence he can’t really do anything about it. Realizing that Shakun and Rizwan have become close friends, Rana tries to get Rizwan to turn against Shakun and what happens ahead is the rest of the story.
BAAZAAR is a decent and a promising premise and a lot of boxes are ticked by the filmmaker in the movie. There are some stellar scenes and sequences especially in the first half of the movie. One of the most stand out moments actually comes in the second half when Saif’s office is been raided by the SEBI officials and he tells the cop a story. However there are some bleak spots in the movie as well. The main trouble with the movie is the last twenty minutes which fail to register all that the filmmaker wants to convey. It seems all a little too convenient in terms of the story and how it rounds off for all its major characters.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Swapnil S. Sonawane is great and he captures the essence of Mumbai in the film brilliantly. Maahir Zaveri and Arjun Srivastava’s editing is very slick but in a few places, is a bit abrupt and has a few loopholes. The screenplay is engaging but it goes a little downhill in the second half. The dialogues are quite bright too. The music doesn’t stay with you for long except Kem Cho which is quite catchy. The background score is nice and adds to the scenes.
The performances have been great. Saif Ali Khan is excellent in his portrayal of Shakun. This will go down as one of his best performances. Rohan Mehra makes a confident debut and is quite promising. Radhika Apte looks quite glamorous and charming and delivers a fine performance. Chitrangda Singh has less screen time but does well when on screen. Manish Chaudhari is effective. Denzil Smith is convincing.
Gauravv K Chawla makes a solid directorial debut. He is saddled with a bottom heavy movie in terms of the screenplay but he makes the most of it and gets a lot of things bang on.
The film has taken a decent start and will grow on a good word of mouth.