Baazigar

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Baazigar
Baazigar 1993.jpg
Directed by Abbas-Mustan
Produced by Ganesh Jain
Written by Robin Bhatt
Akash Khurana
Javed Siddiqui
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Kajol
Siddharth Ray
Shilpa Shetty
Raakhee
Music by Anu Malik
Distributed by Eros Labs
Release date(s) 12 November 1993
Running time 182 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR140 million (US$2.3 million)[1]

Baazigar (English: Gambler) is a 1993 Bollywood crime thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan, it is a contemporary thriller about a young man who stops at nothing to get what he wants. The story of Baazigar was inspired from the Hollywood film A Kiss Before Dying.[2] This was Shah Rukh Khan's breakthrough role as the sole lead, Kajol's first commercial success and Shilpa Shetty's debut film. Baazigar was the second film where Shah Rukh Khan played the role of an anti-Hero and also the first film which earned Khan a Filmfare Award for Best Actor.[3] It was a major commercial success at the time of its release and the first film of the famous Shahrukh Khan-Kajol jodi.

The film was remade in Tamil as Samrat with Ramki, in Telugu as Vetagadu with Dr. Rajasekhar and in Kannada as Nagarahavu with Upendra.

Plot[edit]

When reputed businessman Vishwanath Sharma (Anant Mahadevan) discovers that his manager Madan Chopra (Dalip Tahil) is embezzling money right under his nose, Sharma has him thrown in jail. After Chopra completes his jail term, he re-approaches Sharma and asks for forgiveness. Vishwanath rebukes him, but his wife Shobha (Rakhee) takes pity on Chopra's daughters and pleads to her husband. Chopra is reappointed in the company. However, Chopra has come back to exact revenge on his former boss. Slowly, but surely, Chopra regains the confidence of Sharma.

One day, when Sharma has to go for a business tour, he hands over the power of attorney to Chopra. Chopra, who has been waiting for such chance, usurps Sharma's company and becomes its de facto owner. Sharma learns of this treachery, by which time his family is ejected out of their home. More tragedy strikes the Sharma household when his newborn daughter dies of fever and Sharma himself dies while trying to buy medicines for her. Devastated by the turn of events, Shobha goes insane, while her son Ajay decides to avenge the wrongdoings by making Chopra pay in the same coin.

Years later, a young Ajay (Shah Rukh Khan) is studying in the same college as Chopra's daughter Seema (Shilpa Shetty). Ajay manages to cozy up to Seema, and she falls in love with him. Meanwhile, Ajay takes up the persona of Vicky Malhotra and creates a good impression in the minds of both Chopra and his younger daughter Priya (Kajol). Ajay begins a double game whilst keeping both the parties in dark.

Ajay manages to keep his affair with Seema a secret, while a believing Seema too doesn't let anybody know that she is in love. When Chopra decides to get Seema married, she decides to elope with Ajay. Ajay takes advantage of the opportunity and tricks her into writing a suicide letter. Later, on premise of getting married secretly, Ajay calls Seema to the registrar office. He takes her to the terrace and throws her down, using her suicide note to close the case as suicide. Chopra too hastily has the case closed to prevent any further embarrassment.

Ajay uses Seema's death to gets close to Priya and Chopra. Priya, however, is suspicious that her sister didn't commit suicide. With help of her college friend and Police Inspector Karan Saxena, she decides to investigate the matter secretly. Ravi, another friend of Seema, who had a crush on her, tells Priya about Seema's secret lover. Ravi finds a photo where Seema and Ajay are together at a birthday party, but is killed by Ajay. Ajay forces Ravi to sign a suicide note, making Priya and Karan believe that Ravi must have been Seema's lover and murderer.

Later, Priya and Vicky meet Seema's college friend, Anjali, who thinks that she recognizes Vicky. When she finds out the photo as well, she calls the Sharma household during Vicky's and Priya's engagement party. Vicky intercepts the phone, impersonates Chopra, and arrives at her place. He strangles her, stuffs her body in a suitcase, and throws it in the river. Priya and Karan realize that the murderer is still alive. Meanwhile, history repeats itself, with Chopra handing over the power of attorney to "Vicky". Ajay decides to hasten up his plans on learning that Priya and Karan are still bent on finding the killer.

Ajay's plan hits a glitch when he and Priya run into the real Vicky Malhotra, Ajay's friend whose identity he had taken. Priya becomes suspicious and decides to contact this Vicky. After returning from his business trip, Chopra is shocked to find that the company is run by a Sharma group. Now, Ajay reveals the truth to Chopra and sends him out of the company after humiliating him.

Meanwhile, Priya too learns of Ajay's true identity from Vicky and rushes to Ajay's home in Panvel. She is shocked to see a poster of Ajay and finds the marriage chain with his photo with her sister's in a locket. Ajay comes home and she confronts him with his misdeeds. He tells her the whole story and she is shocked at the news of what her father did to his family. Chopra arrives with his henchmen to kill Ajay. After seeing Ajay being beaten by Chopra and hearing his the evil Chopra's name repeated, Shobha regains her sanity and runs to her son's defense. Ajay starts bashing Chopra's goons. We see Priya's and the police inspector's faces sympathetic with Ajay. In a standoff with Chopra, Ajay decides to spare Chopra's life, but then Chopra stabs him with an iron bar and laughs. Ajay begins to laugh as well and he rams himself, and the long protruding metal bar, into Chopra's stomach, with both plummeting down from a high wall killing Chopra.

Ajay makes it back to his mother who finally recognizes her son. Ajay promises her that he's gotten revenge for their family and reacquired everything that was meant to be his; now wanting only to rest peacefully in her embrace. Priya and Karan watch sadly as Ajay dies in his mother's arms, a smile on his face.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Anu Malik and won the Filmfare award for best music director. The song titles are listed below. The soundtrack was released by Venus Music.

Baazigar
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Venus Music
Anu Malik chronology
Phool Aur Angaar
(1993)
Baazigar
(1993)
The Gentleman
(1994)
Song Singer Picturised on Songwriter
"Baazigar O Baazigar" Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Nawab Arzoo
"Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhein" Kumar Sanu & Anu Malik Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Dev Kohli
"Kitabein Bahut Si" Asha Bhosle & Vinod Rathod Shahrukh Khan & Shilpa Shetty Zafar Gorakhpuri
"Chhupana Bhi Nahi Aata" Vinod Rathod Siddharth & Kajol Rani Malik
"Chhupana Bhi Nahi Aata" Pankaj Udhas In soundtrack, excluded in the film Rani Malik
"Samajh Kar Chand Jis Ko" Alka Yagnik & Vinod Rathod In soundtrack, excluded in the film Zameer Kazmi
"Ae Mere Humsafar" Alka Yagnik & Vinod Rathod Shahrukh Khan & Shilpa Shetty Gauhar Kanpuri
"Tere Chehre Pe" Kumar Sanu & Sonali Bajpai In soundtrack, excluded in the film Rani Malik

Box office[edit]

Baazigar was a commercial success and the fourth highest grossing Hindi film of 1993.[1]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Baazigar movie dialogues