• 03 Nov - 09 Nov, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

Bollywood is famous for making films inspired by Hollywood classics and Baazaar is one of those many films; one look at the trailer told the audience that the movie was based on Oliver Stone’s classic Wall Street that featured Michael Douglas as the man who made and broke careers, Charlie Sheen as the broker who brings him down and Daryl Hannah as the connection between the two. Here, Saif Ali Khan replaces Michael Douglas, Rohan Mehra fills in for Charlie Sheen and Radikha Apte plays Daryl Hannah. That’s Baazaar for you!

This Gauravv K. Chawla film follows the story of a small-town kid Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) who wants to be like his idol Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan) and rule the stock market. However, the rest of the world doesn’t seem to agree with him but he sees the side of Shakun that no one else does. He calculates in emotions while Shakun does his calculations in math – together they are lethal when working with each other. With a girlfriend (Radhika Apte) at his side and trophy wife (Chitrangada Singh) on Shakun’s – beside the ‘police’ – will the two evade capture or will they continue to be a lethal team, that’s what Baazaar is all about.

Saif Ali Khan aces in the role of a man who loves to win at all costs; not since Omkara has he been this convincing; late actor Vinod Mehra’s son Rohan excels in his debut film and the way he stood his ground opposite Saif proves he has a bright future. The two ladies Radhika Apte and Chitrangada Singh also play important roles in making the movie a must-watch for Stock Exchange enthusiasts. However, the biggest drawback is the comparison with Wall Street as this film borrows heavily from the Hollywood classic, coming out as an unofficial remake that could have been Indianized in a better manner.