Saif Ali Khan is returning to the big screen this week in Baazaar – a film, that though unconventional for Hindi cinema like most of the work the actors does these days, still carries a mainstream, commercial treatment compared to his recent outings. We caught up with the Nawab a short while ago to discuss his upcoming film, projects in general, and his take on the stock market.
“Baazaar is a dramatic film with a genuine setup. Thankfully, theDirector has not presented a glossy world of the subject. The film is set inthe backdrop of Bombay, not Mumbai. It’s all about money, power, and soon. What money means to a businessman,what does it mean to a middle-class man, what does it mean to a wife. The filmis all about revolving power and position. The crew was amazing to work with. The starting background score of the film will make you realize thatyou’re watching something that has got depth and weight. The narration is slowin the beginning and then it picks up the pace because that what the treatmentdemands, and it’ll pull you right in. Also, the film isn’t about the sharemarket, but about money. One doesn’tneed to understand stocks and shares, to follow the film. It’s about crossing lines in a financialway.”
On his Character
“I’m playing a character of a Gujarati guy who’s very smart, has usedhis intelligence to earn a lot of money, and holds massive power in the sharemarket. So my character in the film is Interesting as well as complex.Personally, I like my performance in Baazaar a lot, and consider it to be oneof my best to date. It’s very realistic unlike something like I did in Race.”
Experimentation over the Last Few Years
“Talking about something like Kaalakaandi, it’s artistic film with lessamount of commercial elements. Soeven if. I’m fine with it. I wastrying to deliver good cinema, and I personally liked the film. I’ve alsoventured into the digital space with Sacred Games, and I absolutely love it.”
“Sacred Games will return for a second season. Then there’s a film called Hunter, and Tanaji (Tanaji: The Unsung Hero) is also happening. Right now, I’m dabbling with different characters, which will all be very interesting to watch.”
Baazaar also stars Radhika Apte, Chitrangda Singh, and marks the feature-film debut of Rohan Mehra. It’s directed by Gauravv K. Chawl, and releases on 26th October 2018.