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Movie Review: Baazaar – Rohan Mehra And Radhika Apte Are To Watch Out For

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Baazaar is all about Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) who leaves Allahabad, oops Prayagraj only to come to Mumbai to work with his idol Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), whose life revolves around money.

Rizwan manages to get a chance to work with Kishore Wadhwa (Denzil Smith) in his trading company and here he meets Priya Rai (Radhika Apte) and before you know, they are in a relationship. As the film progresses, Rizwan has a chance meeting with Shakun, he impresses him and finally starts to work with his idol.

On the personal front, Shakun is married to Mandira (Chitrangada Singh), who is dealing with her overambitious husband.

In all of this, we also get to meet a SEBI official Rana Dasgupta (Manish Chaudhari) is aware of Shakun Kothari’s misdealings but doesn’t have enough evidence. Rana knows that he cannot even tough Shakun so his attention draws on to Rizwan. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The issue with this film is that its first half is super brilliant, but the second half is just all over the place and predictable. In fact, you can predict exactly what’s going to happen next as the film approaches the climax.

Both the writers, Aseem Arora, and Parveez Shaikh have done their best as far as the first half of the film is concerned, but have stumbled in the second half of the film. None the less, one needs to applaud Aseem, especially for the dialogues as they are quite a mouthful!! Oops!!

Coming to the actors, well, Saif Ali Khan belts out a sincere performance. He is a suave, shrewd, but a typical Gujarati guy. Chitrangada Singh as his wife has very little to do. However, the film belongs to both Rohan Mehra and Radhika Apte. While Rohan makes a confident and impactful debut, Radhika’s grey shade character is packed with a lot of punch. She is brutal yet loving.

All in all, Baazaar, directed by Gauravv K. Chawla, has been inspired by the Hollywood film, Wall Street (1897), which was directed by Oliver Stone. This one may not be as impressive as Wolf Of Wall Street, but it’s worth a watch.

Rating: Two And A Half Stars

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