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Film / Baazigar

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Behind the Child lies a Man. Behind the Man lies the psychopath
"Sometimes, for winning, one has to lose. And those who win by losing they call Baazigar"
— Ajay Sharma

Psychopathic Manchild meets Shah Rukh Khan. End Result: Baazigar.

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 Madan's 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.


Features Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan. This gained Shah Rukh Khan acclaim as it was rare for a Bollywood actor to act out a Villain Protagonist.

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.
  • Attempted Rape: Priya by a bunch of thugs. Ajay rescues her and wins her trust.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Fanservice
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    • 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.
    • Shah Rukh Khan otherwise known as Mr. Fanservice roams around with nothing but a towel and an open shirt in the beginning of the movie.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Ajay who kills Seema in cold blood as vengeance. Pretty much ensures he is Villain Protagonist.
  • Hate Sink: Although Ajay is the Villain Protagonist, he has many redeemable qualities to prevent him from being this trope. On the other hand, Madan Chopra is arguably the most reprehensible character in the whole movie and does many heinous things, which lets us know we are not supposed to root for him.