In "Bazaar"( 1983), Sagar Sarhadi uses a Muslim background to talk of the institution of marriage that reduces the female to a commodity. His perception is much wider and one can see his concern at the commercialization of a society which, particularly for women, means a deeper form of degradation. The narrative concerns a wealthy middle-aged man who has returned home from the gulf, and who, on the strength of his money, decides to marry a young girl. Since he can afford it, he will have the very best; and he picks on a very young who is already in love with a young man. The entire affair ends in tragedy, for the young girl commits suicide on the bridal bed. The film is largely an essay on the character of the wealthy man and the filthy business of 'buying" a bride. It often dilates on these themes and indulges in a good deal of didactic dialogue.
"Bazaar"follows a conventional narrative style and has its sentimental and emotional moments, the end serving a high melodramatic purpose. What is unfortunate is that the text is conceived in the mythic form of a sentimental kind of true love ; it is here that one can see the fight against a cruel system, that reduces female sexuality to a commodity, becoming a cliche. It seems to serve quite a different purpose; instead of leading one to perceive the dilectics within a rotten and degrading social system, it only tends to perpetuate the myth of true love, almost in the "Laila-Majnu" tradition.
This may certainly not have been the film's intention but the kind of image of love it turns up has a fake reality about it. The end seems only to confirm this, for the suicide of the pretty girl, apart from its melodramatic meaning, can only be construed within the Devdas-like tradition of Muslim family dramas where the tragic hero or heroine commits suicide. If there is a lesson in "Baazar", it is that we need to evolve beyond certain mythic conceptions in order to be able to use cinema for a more significant human and contemporary purpose.