Baazi is really no different from most other action flicks of the eighties but nevertheless that doesnÂ´t make it a bad film. The film manages to keep a fast and brisk pace and comes up with some commendable performances making it an enjoyable yet predictable thriller.
The plot of the film is very clichĂ©d yet it manages some interesting twists to hold the viewers attention. It revolves around Inspector Ajay (Dharmendra) an honest officer who talks with his fists before his mouth and hates corruption and crime. He is a happily married family man who loves his wife (Rekha) and 2 kids very much. On duty he makes a "dushmani" with the local kingpin and his cronies (Pinchoo Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor and Dalip Tahil). He stops them at every twist and turn hence making them a personal enemy. The attacks soon get personal and when his family is attacked he takes revenge and thus ends up losing his job.
He decides to move to the countryside and stay with his parents for a while. As fate would have it Rocky (Shakti Kapoor) decides to open up a bar down there and Dharmendra is back on their case now without the uniform. As a twist of fate Pinchoo Kapoor turns out to be an old family friend -and a hidden enemy that Ajay doesnÂ´t know about.
At interval point Salim (Mithun) enters. He is a happy-go-lucky Muslim who believes in hard work. Rocky promises him hard work and they decide to use SalimÂ´s strength and anger against Ajay. After a few twists Ajay and Salim come together to finish off their enemies.
In terms of performance Dharmendra does a good job at his role. He is good in the action and drama scenes as expected but no single scene stands out. In fact-it is the comedy scenes where he proves his worth! His scenes shared with his wife Rekha are heart warming and Dharmendra proves he is just as good a comedian (Chupke Chupke anyone?). Rekha does her job well too. She shares good chemistry with Dharmendra and proves likeable in the serious and light moments. Mithun as Salim gives a heck of a performance! He is simply superb! Right from his applaud worthy entry he has the viewer captivated and looks every inch the part he plays. He enters at interval point but leaves a mark with his performance and is a definite plus for the movie. His action scenes are awesome and he shines in the scenes where he fights with Dharmendra. Ranjeeta looks drop dead gorgeous and plays her part well. Shakti Kapoor, Pinchoo Kapoor, and Dalip Tahill do their villainous roles as expected and the same goes for the rest of the supporting cast.
Direction wise Raj Sippy has taken an age-old plot but works it well with excellent pacing and some interesting twists and turns. He packs old wine in a new bottle and manages to extract some commendable performances from the entire cast. However, I personally felt the climax of the movie came too quick and there was not enough build up to it thus lacking impact!
Musically Laxmikant PyarelalÂ´s tunes were as expected and nothing special. Technically the film was also okay. Veeru DevgunÂ´s action was good as always.
Baazi is a formula action film, which has nothing new to offer yet it is enjoyable as a fast paced action film with some good performances. Not one to rush to the video store to rent unless you are a fan of Dharmendra or Mithun.