Baazaar – Hindi Movie Review & Rating

Rating : 2 / 5

When a debutant actor is asked to break the fourth wall in the second scene, you know the first-time director is confident.
You also expect the film to be edgy and stylish.
Despite a bullish Saif Ali Khan and a competent Radhika Apte, Baazaar is a mediocre film that tries to borrow from masterworks such as The Wolf of the Wall Street and The Big Short with disastrous results.
What you don’t want it to be is the rehash of a million done-to-death tropes.
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.
Baazaar, a very Bollywoodi-sed version of Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko, shows promise, pushes you into the semi-dark world of Mumbai’s stockbrokers, makes you admire the fast-paced narrative but still leaves you with one predominant thought—how it could have been a much better film.
You’ll instantly notice the good things about Baazaar. Saif has been given a well-carved character to play with.
Shakun Kothari’s humble origin, greed for profit and penchant for unethical means all get conveyed right in the opening scene.
Though overdramatic, it sets the mood. The writers—Aseem Arora, Parvez Sheikh and Nikhhil Advani—introduce us to Shakun’s ways through his gestures.
He doesn’t do the obvious.
For instance, though his relationship with his ‘sophisticated’ wife Mandira (Chitrangada Singh) is strained, he doesn’t hold hands of other women to make her uncomfortable.

Detail Cast List:

Saif Ali Khan,Rohan Mehra, Radhika Apte