Khan dis­plays shades of grey


Movie Re­view: Bazaar Di­rec­tor: Gau­ravv K Chawla Cast: Ro­han Mehra, Saif Ali Khan and Chi­tran­gada Singh

Rat­ing: 6/10 STOCK mar­ket trad­ing is a sub­ject that has been tak­ing the movie world by storm. In Hol­ly­wood, films such as

Pur­suit of Hap­py­ness and Wolf of Wall Street have been hugely ac­claimed for chal­leng­ing sto­ry­lines. Now, Bol­ly­wood has claimed its share with Bazaar.

Rizwan Ahmed (Ro­han Mehra) is an am­bi­tious young­ster from Al­la­habad, who moves to Mum­bai to try his luck at ful­fill­ing his dreams.

He makes his pres­ence felt when he col­lab­o­rates with Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), a small town boy from Su­rat, who has be­come the wolf of the stock mar­ket.

The nar­ra­tive is chal­lenged by a stag­ger­ing pace and un­der­de­vel­oped screen­play. The film of­ten lags by con­cen­trat­ing on the many dra­matic sit­u­a­tions in which the char­ac­ter rev­els rather than in­ten­si­fy­ing the tri­als and tribu­la­tions.

At times, I felt the back­ground score was more mov­ing than some of the di­a­logue writ­ten for piv­otal scenes. Flaws aside, the film is tech­ni­cally adept.

Mehra (son of vet­eran ac­tor Vinod Mehra) is con­vinc­ing, but lacks the verve re­quired for his com­pet­i­tive char­ac­ter.

Khan plays the more “beastly” mar­ket­dom­i­nat­ing char­ac­ter; dis­play­ing shades of grey that are syn­ony­mous with his screen per­sona.

He is charm­ing and witty, but does not play it to the bone as one would ex­pect of him. Chi­tran­gada Singh has a sig­nif­i­cant role along­side Khan.

Yo Yo Honey Singh’s mu­si­cal score is an ideal fit for the theme of the film. Pity none of the com­po­si­tions are worth re­mem­ber­ing after leav­ing the cin­ema.

A new-age con­cept fails at the hands of an in­ca­pable di­rec­tor. The film is sim­ply not en­gag­ing enough.

● Sookhun is a pop­u­lar Lo­tus FM per­son­al­ity with a 20-year his­tory of work­ing in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. You can fol­low him on In­sta­gram, @im_­var­shan; Face­book and Twit­ter, @var­shan­sookhun

SAIF Ali Khan in a scene from Bazaar.

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