Baazi (2021) Review: Cringe Fest at Its Finest

Baazi is an action-drama movie directed by Anshuman Pratyush and stars Jeet, Mimi Chakraborty, Biswanath Basu, Abhishek Chatterjee, and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, alongside other cast members. The movie is 128 minutes long.

Zee5 describes the movie as:

When Aditya learns that his businessman father lost all his wealth after being cheated by a friend, Krishna Bardan, he vows to seek revenge on Bardan and take away his fortune.

– Baazi review does not contain spoilers –

Baazi just starts off on a scale of 100. If you thought you’re slowly going to get to know Jeet’s character, then you’re wrong. He gives a monologue about how Indians should be together and stand up for each other in a foreign country but says it in Bengali as if every Indian understands it. Then he does this weird thing that I am not even going to attempt to dissect here. Then we jump right into exposition about how his father is sick and he has taken care of them.

Awkwardly and with tons of cringe, Aditya, his father Rudra Pratap and his brother discuss how they were and still are oh-so-rich. It’s not that we are getting the exposition dump here which is going to be the foundation for the rest of the movie, but the way everyone talks about it is just so uncomfortable. It’s cringy and without much tact. You listen to them talking about their 24-room mansion vs their 4-room apartment now and feel no empathy for them. Most people in India, especially, don’t have homes, you know. It’s difficult to sympathise with these sentiments when they are put forth so flippantly.

Other than that, there’s this weird undertone (and sometimes in-your-face moments) of “foreigners bad”! Ok, yes, racism is a huge problem in the UK. But everyone everywhere just behaves rudely with the Indians or in general. These are horrible people and Indians are the only good people… well, except Sabyasachi Chakrabarty’s Krishna Kumar Vardhan.

Sabyasachi Chakrabarty is either the bad guy in movies or Feluda, there’s apparently no in between. Baazi, again, casts him as the really bad Krishna Kumar who just likes winning, murdering people isn’t really his thing, as he says. All of these characters are just so one-dimensional. Jeet is good, Chakrabarty is bad – no in-between. No grey areas. Plain good and bad.

It’s not like Baazi does anything new with these rather boring characters. The story is something we have seen multiple times in movies but to its cringiest epitome. Here, your father is like a god and grown Bengali men act as if they think of nothing in their lives other than their fathers. It’s just such a weird sentiment to put forth. Aditya scours the streets of the UK to recruit people, but there’s no process or anything. He just selects random people from off the streets and they, too, agree to work with him.

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If some random guy comes and “selects me for a job” you can bet your butt that I’m thinking that he’s going to sell me off somewhere. No one behaves like this, this is absolutely unrealistic. I mean, Mimi Chakraborty wakes up with a full face of makeup – it’s a very common thing in movies, one that’s just so annoying at this point.

When Aditya tries to woo Kyra in an effort to get to her father it’s the usual stalker behaviour that we have come to know and absolutely hate. He follows her around and at one point, makes her kiss him (this is a situation that will never happen in real life, but you know). They show Aditya to be this superhero with an unending barrage of people working with him which, in itself, is an impossibility. However, his interactions with Kyra are weird and creepy and enough for her to go to the police for stalker behaviour. But, of course, this is a movie and Kyra falls for this stalker.

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Baazi is like a fantastical movie that is made with only one thought – no one is going to behave like real people. I mean, Aditya manages time based on his father’s heartbeat, whatever that means. There’s a special kind of suspension of disbelief that is required for this movie, one that is not possible to achieve by many people, me included.

Jeet, Mimi Chakraborty and literally everyone else is stiff as a board and dialogues and their delivery are abysmal. Jeet delivers his lines in a way where it seems like he already knows he’s gonna win the game and the girl and make his dying father proud. At no point does he break from this character to showcase any other emotions. Unfortunately, that’s all you get!

Summing up: Baazi

Baazi is a rather difficult movie to sit through. It showcases Jeet’s character as this superhero who is a know-all and do-all but is cringe and unbelievable at best.

Baazi is streaming on Zee5.

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Baazi, starring Jeet and Mimi Chakraborty, is a fantastical film that requires some good amount of suspension of disbelief to be remotely enjoyable.

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Baazi (2021) Review: Cringe Fest at Its FinestBaazi, starring Jeet and Mimi Chakraborty, is a fantastical film that requires some good amount of suspension of disbelief to be remotely enjoyable.