Baazigar, literally meaning "Gambler" in Hindi is The Film of the Book, a Kiss before Dying and a psychological thriller about a man who would do anything to avenge the wrongs done to his family.
Villain Protagonist Ajay Sharma vows to bring Madan Chopra down to his knees for abusing the trust of his parents, cheating them of their business, indirectly leading to the death of his father and infant sister, propositioning his mother and destroying his mother's sanity. To do so, he decides to charm his two daughters- Seema and Priya separately from each other and to dispose of anything in his way that stops him from his objective.
He charms older sister Seema and becomes her secret lover. He convinces her to keep their relationship a secret because of his poverty but little does she know that he is pulling an elaborate Xanatos Gambit that would lead to her...just wait.
He impersonates and dons on another identity, as a man named Vicky Malhotra, a rich man who races for fun and makes a living selling sports cars. He manages to charm Madan Chopra by deliberately losing the race and charms Priya by confessing that he lost because he could not bear her disappointment if her father lost. Unknown to both sisters, he dates them both on the sly. Priya tries to arrange a date with her sister to talk about Vicky but circumstances lead to her to cancel this date. We are introduced at this point to Inspector Karan.
Meanwhile, Madan Chopra arranges a marriage for Seema and when she goes all distraught to Ajay, he convinces her that suicide is the only option and that they both should write a suicide letter. After she gives him the letter, he pretends that he was just testing her resolve and proposes that they get married the next day in a Registrar office. As soon as she arrives the next day, Ajay pushes her off from the balcony. The case is ruled a suicide (because of the suicide note) though her sister Priya is not convinced. As she suspects that Seema's lover might be her killer, Ajay starts to wipe out all evidence linking him to her, including people.
TV tropes include
- All Girls Want Bad Boys - Subverted. Ajay was able to romance Seema because he was like a plushie and a nice nerdy guy who was not enamored of her like 99% of humanity. When Ajay starts to fall in love with Priya, he convinces himself that she would start hating him if she knew his being a murderer and liar.
- Almost Kiss - Ajay with Seema
- Attempted Rape - Priya by a bunch of thugs. Ajay rescues her and wins her trust.
- Big Bad: Madan Chopra
- Bittersweet Ending - You can't wait for Ajay to get his comeuppance which he does in the end but you can't help feel sorry for what happened to him.
- Childhood Friend Romance - Unlucky Karan who has the hots for Priya but is not able to tell her.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience - Ajay's real eyecolor is green. He wears black color lenses to play the role of Vicky.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas - Played straight.
- Evil Laugh - When Madan Chopra stabs a blood drenched Ajay with a spear. The creepy part is when Ajay starts laughing as well. You know what happens next....
- Faceless Goons - Obviously, in the climax of the movie.
- Fanservice - Shilpa Shetty's introduction as Seema centers on a zoomup of her ass. She then proceeds to put on a bathing suit and generally being the Fanservice of this movie.
- Faux Affably Evil: Madan Chopra
- He Who Fights Monsters: Ajay who kills Seema in cold blood as vengeance. Pretty much ensures he is Villain Protagonist
- Heroic Sacrifice: Ajay.
- "I Am" Song - The song 'Baazigar'
- The Item Number - Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhe
- Manipulative Bastard - Every single person Ajay meets is charmed by him. Even Anjali who pays for it with her death
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya - Just when Ajay is beaten so badly he's bleeding all over, his mother comes to protect him. Madan Chopra hits her and due to his sheer will Ajay goes Ax-Crazy.
- Normally, I Would Be Dead Now - Ajay. Serious to God, Ajay.
- Ominous Latin Chanting - The movie is unfortunately riddled with this type of ominous music.
- Psychopathic Manchild - Ajay
- Puppy-Dog Eyes - Ajay
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge - Do not *in any circumstance* injure Ajay's mother which happens to be Ajay's Berserk Button
- Shocking Swerve - The events on the rooftop.
- Tsundere - Priya. Which is why Ajay almost falls in love with her.
- Verbal Tic - Ajay. Again expected in a Shah Rukh Khan movie.
- What an Idiot! - Karan. Despite being a police officer, Karan is full of this. When Ajay finished talking to Anjali, Seema's friend who happened to catch his face, impersonating Madan Chopra, Karan comes in to the room and is not the least bit suspicious. In fact, Ajay chitchats with him. He also does not suspect that Seema died in a suicide. He also thinks that Raj was Seema's lover and committed suicide even though Ajay is the one who killed Raj. What a maroon.
- Ajay stuffs Anjali in a suitcase and carries the suitcase through the lobby. Not one person deems to suspect him.
- You Can Barely Stand - Ajay who is beaten to a pulp by Mooks before his confrontation with arch villain Madan Chopra.