Baazigar (1993)

dir. Abbas-Mustan

Baazigar as a film can be summarised quite well by its titular song. Kajol’s character has met Shah Rukh Khan’s character and, unaware that he’s currently in a relationship with her sister (Shilpa Shetty), indulges in a fantasy sequence about his many charms. During the song, he’s portrayed as a matador. He also dresses up as Zorro. He’s also a sea captain. He also sometimes wears some very short denim shorts. It’s a total mess of themes, tones and concepts, because the song can’t decide which one it wants to go with. That’s the same with Baazigar the movie as a whole. It goes from tragic family drama, to rom-com, to a quite unbelievable serial killer storyline, all with the unexpected suddenness of Shah Rukh Khan flinging Shilpa Shetty off a building. It’s never really clear who we’re supposed to root for or why everyone is too inept to catch the extremely obvious murderer. The whole thing feels like a fantasy sequence.

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