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Baazaar - Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byGauravv K. Chawla
Written byStory and Screenplay:
Parveez Sheikh
Dialogues and Additional Screenplay:
Aseem Arora
Story byParveez Sheikh
Produced byNikhil Advani
Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Kyta Productions
Emmay Entertainment
B4U Movies
StarringSaif Ali Khan
Rohan Vinod Mehra
Radhika Apte
Chitrangada Singh
Denzil Smith
Narrated byRohan Vinod Mehra
CinematographySwapnil Sonawane
Edited byMaahir Zaveri
Arjun Srivastava
Music bySongs:
Tanishk Bagchi
Yo Yo Honey Singh
Kanika Kapoor
Sohail Sen
Bilal Saeed
John Stewart Eduri
Emmay Entertainment
Kyta Production
B4U Motion Pictures
Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Distributed byAnand Pandit Motion Pictures
Panorama Studios
Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 26 October 2018 (2018-10-26)
Running time
137 minutes[1]

Baazaar (transl. Market; Hindi pronunciation: [baːzaːɾ]) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language financial thriller drama film[1] directed by Gauravv K. Chawla and written by Parveez Sheikh and Aseem Arora. The film starring Saif Ali Khan, debutant Rohan Vinod Mehra, Radhika Apte and Chitrangada Singh in lead roles.The film is set in the backdrop of money, power and business, largely based on the stock market. The film was released on 26 October 2018.:[2][3]The film received mixed reviews from critics upon releasing.

The film was a below average success, by receiving mixed reviews. Audience praised for the story, dialogues, music, emotional scenes, pace and cinematography. But criticized for screenplay, predictability, charecter development, narration, main protagonist development, treatment and production design.


Small-time Allahabad-based stock trader Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) arrives in Mumbai by flight. He is determined to work with his role model, wealthy and powerful Gujarati diamond merchant Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan). Rizwan bluffs his way into the city's largest trading firm and manages to convince them to give him a job. He ropes in a high-profile client and with the help of his co-worker and girlfriend Priya Rai (Radhika Apte), he begins a successful career at the firm. When attending an event with Priya, he spots Shakun Kothari and gives stock advice that turns out to be correct. Kothari then hires him as his broker, warning that he can never lose any of his money. After his first trade with Kothari's funds ends badly, Rizwan is desperate not to lose Kothari's account and illegally uses insider information from Priya to recoup Kothari's losses..

Rizwan becomes close to Kothari and his wife Mandira Parekh (Chitrangda Singh), visiting Kothari's lavish home and relaxing on his yacht with Priya. Meanwhile, Kothari offers Rizwan a chance to make even more money when he learns that the government is going to begin accepting bids from telecommunications companies for a new project. Kothari informs Rizwan that he has bribed a government minister to select a company called Skycom and the two can make a killing on the deal. Kothari gives Rizwan the money to buy Skycom and Rizwan becomes the company's owner. Rizwan convinces his new brother-in-law Anwar to invest all of his savings to Skycom shares. However, Skycom's bid is rejected, and Rizwan is ruined when Kothari sells off all of his Skycom shares right before the announcement of the bid winner.

Rizwan discovers that Kothari deliberately set him up to take the fall for Skycom for Kothari's own personal monetary profit and that he arranged for Priya to influence him from the beginning. SEBI agents, led by Rana Dasgupta (Manish Choudhary), detain Rizwan for insider trading, though their real target is Kothari. Rizwan convinces them that Shakun has been using old school methods which will not leave any evidence or trail behind. Using information from Mandira, Rizwan is able to prove that Kothari has been bribing government ministers with diamonds that are smuggled via Surat-Mumbai Karnavati Express train. Shakun is arrested and his family leaves him. After the numerous court hearings, Shakun is summoned as Priya gives in as a witness to the bribes. Rizwan questions her as to why she surrendered herself since Rizwan did not reveal her name, but she leaves Rizwan, saying she deserves this. Shakun comes out on bail after a month and returns to his empty house, his wife and kids gone. He calls his secretary and tells him, that the market (Baazaar) is open, returning to his deeds.


  • Saif Ali Khan as Shakun Kothari, main protagonist
  • Rohan Vinod Mehra as Rizwan Ahmed
  • Radhika Apte as Priya Rai[4]
  • Chitrangada Singh as Mandira Kothari[5] / Milloni Kapadia as Young Mandira Kothari
  • Raddheya Mahendru as Alisha Kothari
  • Anika Malhotra as Nayantara Kothari
  • Sonia Balani as Aamna Ahmed
  • Pawan Chopra as Zulfiqar Ahmed
  • Denzil Smith as Kishore Wadhwa
  • Karan Singh Chhabra as stock exchange reporter
  • Manish Choudhary as Rana Dasgupta
  • Ravindra Singh Bakshi as Balwinder
  • Deepak Gheewala as Gaganbhai
  • Utkarsh Mazumdar as Chhedha
  • Abhishek Gupta as Anwar
  • Ajit Satbhai as Bipinbhai
  • Danish Husain as Dubey
  • Krunal Pandit as Mani Shankar
  • Vikram Kapadia as Sandeep Talwar
  • Vijay Tilani as Aashish
  • Sai Gundewar as Suhas Sharma
  • Gaurav Sharma as Sagar Malhotra
  • Sahil Sangha as Vineet Mehra
  • Elli Avram (special appearance in song "Billionaire")
  • Raamdeo Agrawal as Himself[6]


Soundtrack album by
Released19 October 2018 (2018-10-19)[7]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelTimes Music
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Tanishk Bagchi chronology
Badhaai Ho
Yo Yo Honey Singh chronology
Bilal Saeed chronology
Baar Baar Dekho
Sohail Sen chronology
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi
Fraud Saiyaan

The music of the film was composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Honey Singh, Kanika Kapoor, Sohail Sen and Bilal Saeed. The lyrics were penned by Shabbir Ahmed, Honey Singh, Ikka, Jamil Ahmed, Singhsta, Hommie Dilliwala, and Bilal Saeed.

Bilal Saeed recreated his own song La La La, which was originally sung by Arjun Kanungo.

Track listing
1."Kem Cho"Shabbir Ahmed, IkkaTanishk BagchiIkka, Jyotica Tangri2:13
2."Billionaire"Honey Singh, Singhsta, Hommie DilliwalaHoney SinghHoney Singh, Simar Kaur, Singhsta3:35
3."Adhura Lafz"Jamil AhmedSohail SenRahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pratibha Singh4:20
4."La La La"Bilal SaeedBilal SaeedBilal Saeed, Neha Kakkar3:07
5."Chhod Diya"Shabbir AhmedKanika KapoorArijit Singh5:20
6."Chhod Diya" (Unplugged)Shabbir AhmedKanika KapoorKanika Kapoor3:12
Total length:21:47


The first poster was released on 4 May 2017 depicting Khan in a suit. The poster read "Yaha paisa Bhagwaan nahi, par Bhagwaan se kam bhi nahi" (Here money is not God but also it is not less than God).[8]

The official trailer for the film was released on 25 September 2018.[9] The film itself was released on 26 October 2018.


The film received mostly mixed to positive reviews from critics, who cited its similarity to Oliver Stone's Wall Street, but praised Saif Ali Khan for his performance.[10][11] Baazaar has an aggregate rating of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.6 on IMDb.[12] The film has clear similarities to Billions (TV series) Season 3, compressing the 12 episode into a movie.


  1. ^ a b "Baazaar | British Board of Film Classification". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Saif Ali Khan's stock market thriller 'Baazaar' FINALLY gets a release date".
  3. ^ Baazaar Review {3.5/5}: Bazaar is a gripping thriller about money, power and the stock market, retrieved 25 August 2020
  4. ^ "Meet Radhika Apte as Priya Rai". Emmay Entertainment Twitter. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Chitrangda Singh opposite Saif Ali Khan in Baazaar!".
  6. ^ "Baazaar song Billionaire: Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra and Eli Avram groove to Justin Bieber's tune". Times Now News. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Baazaar – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Gaana.
  8. ^ "Bazaar poster: A serious and perplexed Saif Ali Khan is all about business".
  9. ^ "Bazaar Trailer: Rohan Mehra grabs the limelight in the Saif Ali Khan-Radhika Apte starrer".
  10. ^ Masand, Rajeev (27 October 2018). "Baazaar Movie Review: Saif Ali Khan is the Strength of this Predictable Film". News18.
  11. ^ Sen, Raja (27 October 2017). "Baazaar movie review: Saif Ali Khan stands tall, but this film's stock tanks". Hindustan Times.
  12. ^ "Baazaar (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 March 2019.

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