Baazaar Review: This Saif Ali Khan Starrer is So Bad That It’s Not Even Good

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Baazaar Review: This Saif Ali Khan Starrer is So Bad That It’s Not Even Good

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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n the first few minutes of Gauravv K Chawla’s Baazaar, comes a moment where a sister encourages her brother to leave their small town and go to Mumbai to follow his dreams. They share this quiet moment of understanding, just after he’s had an altercation with the father. An incisive film would’ve mined this situation to explore the fraught interpersonal relationships in a small family. And a sentimentally manipulative film would’ve exploited the melodrama of this moment, making the audience invest in these characters. Baazaar attempts neither.

Instead, the scene exists only to endorse Paytm. The sister says that moving to Mumbai is very easy. She opens the Paytm app and books a flight for him in under a minute – roughly the amount of time the makers spent thinking about the plot before proceeding to make a 2.5-hour- long film.

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