Saif Ali Khan and Radhika Apte starrer Baazaar, which released on Friday, earned Rs 3.07 crore on opening day. Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#Baazaar had an extremely poor start in the morning shows, but picked up pace during the course of the day… Has fared much better than the recent Saif Ali Khan starrers… Mumbai circuit is driving the biz… Fri ₹ 3.07 cr. India biz.”
#Baazaar had an extremely poor start in the morning shows, but picked up pace during the course of the day… Has fared much better than the recent Saif Ali Khan starrers… Mumbai circuit is driving the biz… Fri ₹ 3.07 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 27, 2018
The film has primarily received negative reviews. The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta called Baazaar an “uninteresting and an uninvolving film” and gave it and one-and-a-half stars in her review.
“The clash between Kothari and Ahmad is one we’ve seen often, between the established biggie and the rapid climber. That’s how Michael Douglas’s Gordon Gecko got to redefine greed in Wall Street in 1987 to the up and coming Charlie Sheen’s bright new boy on the floor; Baazaar in 2018 is almost the same film in a different setting, but with none of the sharpness of the original. The treatment is moth-balled (a line in English is translated immediately after in Hindi) and hackneyed. Bad songs punctuate the proceedings. Background music is used to buoy almost every scene. We’ve seen almost each of those beats before, to the point we can tell what the character is going to say next,” a section of her review read.
Baazaar is not expected to earn the big bucks at the box office. “It is Saif Ali Khan who is driving the film. The makers have tried to target the Gujarati community and it is expected to earn something between Rs 2-2.5 crore on the day of its release. The rest depends on the reviews and the word of mouth,” film trade analyst Girish Johar told indianexpress.com recently.
Now it remains to be seen whether the Saif Ali Khan film will surprise everyone by surpassing the expectations of trade analysts.