Bollywood filmmakers are busy in churning adage on greed. After the horror fantasy TUMBBAD, Saif Ali Khan starrer BAAZAAR talks about greed and ambition in this thriller helmed by first timer Gauravv K. Chawla.
Heavily influenced by Oliver Stone’s 1987 masterpiece WALL STREET starring Michael Douglas as the irresistible Gordon Gekko who said that iconic line “greed is good” to the young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Gauravv K. Chawla’s BAAZAAR the indianisation of the master Oliver Stone’s format is found desperate in paying an Indian tribute to the master Martin Scorsese incredible fable of dreams, greed and more - THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013) starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort.
Like any enthusiastic filmmaker who has got an access to such work of art mentioned above by Stone and Scorsese, ignorance on something done on the same premise in India that obviously didn’t had big names to shout in its favor is expected.
GAFLA a 2006 Indian movie by Sameer Hanchate, inspired from the stock market scam of 1992 that rocked the Indian economy and changed lives of thousands forever, got some recognition in film festivals. GAFLA starred Vinod Sharawat, Shruti Ulfat, Vikram Gokhale & Brijendra Kala.
BAAZAR introduces the very fine actor Vinod Mehra’s son - Rohan Mehra as Rizwan Siddiqui, a small-time stockbroker who looks upon Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan) as someone next to god in his field. The suave, famous, controversial gujarati businessman knows what he wants and how. Obviously, in this story of stock and shares, morality, virtues and consciences struggle for survival and many a times observes a silent death. What happens when the idol and his ardent follower find themselves at opposite ends?.
The story of BAAZAAR has many things in common but it has the potential of adding deep layers and triggering an interesting and absorbing debate on hunger and greed. Unfortunately, Gauravv K. Chawla’s movie concentrates on the colour tones, slick look and the thriller part rather than the core issue - It’s not always about winning.
Gauravv K. Chawla’s uneven approach and eagerness to impress kills the atmosphere and raises questions. For example in one scene that introduces us to Shakun Kothari, the smart, mean businessman takes over the business of an established business family. It’s a smartly developed scene that is bang on in its conviction.
Ironically, a scene where Rizwan Ahmed is challenged in a job interview to sell a cup of coffee which has the spit of the person who is taking the interview, Rizwan drinks the spit, takes out a hundred rupee note and says, "Sold, Sir. To myself.", now, was it smart enough by Rizwan in his eagerness to strike gold?. No, was it to impress us by showing the length at which Rizwan can go to achieve his goal,?, probably yes, but the point is if that is the case then who is bothered who wins the race?. Shakun and Rizwan are in a way the same..
Loopholes like this are not filled, plus the twist and turns in the movie appeal to the audience whoa re aware about stocks and the trade, others who have no interest in that business may not feel the excitement. This results in BAAZAAR fail in striking a solid deal for its own.
The lovely ladies in this movie Mandira (Chitrangda Singh) – a rich women and wife of Shakun Kothari, Priya (Radhika Apte), the colleague of Rizwan had nothing much to do.
The saving grace is the suave Saif, the actor is infectious as Shakun Kothari, perhaps the most underrated Khan of our industry, the bollywood movie ‘bazaar’ is still unaware of Saif Ali Khan’s potential..
A warm welcome to Rohan Mehra, but the lad has to brush up his acting skills and take it more seriously.
If there is anything that makes BAAZAAR something worth its Saif Ali Khan. Gauravv K. Chawla;s attempt to make the ‘Wolf ‘ from New York scratch the ‘Walls’ of the ‘Dalal Street’ in Mumbai’s stock exchange fails to get the price it deserves.