25 Years of Baazigar: Friendzoning, Power of Attorney and Other Life Lessons

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25 Years of Baazigar: Friendzoning, Power of Attorney and Other Life Lessons

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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wenty-five years ago, when a blood-soaked Ajay Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan) laughed hysterically before impaling Madan Chopra (Dilip Tahil) seekh kebab-style, the anti-hero was born. Today Baazigar is a cult classic, mostly because of its plot, which was wickedly bloody for the Nineties. If you haven’t seen it (wtf), it follows a resentful Ajay who avenges a treacherous Madan Chopra for usurping his family business by killing his daughter Seema, her friends, and then him.

Baazigar was a film way ahead of its time and there’s more to it than SRK’s immortal “Kabhi kabhi jeetne ke liye kuch haarna bhi padta hai … aur haar kar jeetne waale ko baazigar kehte hai” dialogue. Ajay Sharma and Madan Chopra & Co are as relevant to us today as they were in 1993. Here are some legit life lessons from Baazigar’s timeless characters.  

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