Feb 20 2015

Badlapur- Movie Review

Roochster

badlapur-poster1Very recently, a friend asked me which film I thought was the best so far in 2015 and all I could do was think really hard until I gave up. Badlapur hadn’t released then. Today, I can confidently answer that question. This Varun Dhawan- Nawazuddin Siddiqui  starrer is one of the most intense, well directed and better films that has released since the past 3-4 months and you have to go watch it.

Plot in short– After a bank robbery In Poona, Layak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Harman (Vinay Pathak) accidentally kill a woman and her child during their escape from the cops.  Raghu (Varun Dhawan), the husband of the woman and father of the child is furious and sets out to avenge their deaths.

The Good– Sriram Raghavan has made movies like Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar in the past which were good films and then he made Agent Vinod which was awful. I didn’t know what to expect from Badlapur because I couldn’t picture Varun Dhawan in a serious, intense film. Also, after looking at the trailers I wasn’t expecting an outstanding film. I guess I was wrong. Badlapur caught me by surprise! The story is a simple thriller about taking revenge for something not acceptable. What we see in the film is a great show from start to end, scene after scene. Gripping screenplay, intense characters, brilliant execution of story, top notch performances by every actor in the film, crisp editing, expert camera work, good background score and music that lingers on.

Coming to the performances… Is it the same Varun Dhawan we saw in Student of the year and Main tera hero? I guess not. The actor has evolved and how! He is powerful and flawless in his performance giving us a clear indication that he must be taken seriously as an actor. Standing at an equally important level is Nawazudding Siddiqui who unflinchingly plays his role and makes us believe that he is Layak, the man who is responsible for killing two people, a faithful lover, the apple of his mother’s eyes. Another performance that stands out is that of Radhika Apte who plays Harman’s wife, ready to do anything for her husband. I have to say that the entire supporting cast too gives the film the respect it deserves. Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak, Kumud Mishra, Huma Qureshi, Pratima Kannan are all winners throughout the film.

The Not-so-good– I can’t point a finger at what I didn’t like because I was glued to my seat even during the interval anticipating the second half. If I had to pick on something I didn’t like it would be the last half an hour or so. I felt that was slightly dragged and could have been to-the-point.

Verdict– Badlapur is a must watch and most definitely in the list of movies to watch in 2015! Highly recommended!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Jan 24 2015

Baby- Movie Review

Roochster

baby-posterI had just seen a war movie- American Sniper recently and was not quite prepared to go watch anything even remotely similar anytime soon that too  at 11 in the morning. But just like me, there was a theatre full of people who came to watch Akshay Kumar in Baby. You will soon know if it was worth it.

Plot in short– A team of Indian secret agents led by Danny Denzongpa set out on a mission to find and stop the leader of a terrorist group who are planning an attack on India. Will they be able to stop the attack?

The Good– I like how Neeraj Pandey, the director and screenplay writer has kept the pace going. Even though the movie is quite long, the second half is twice as gripping as the first half so you wont find yourself getting bored at all. The characters are well thought of and each one plays their part well. Akshay Kumar’s performance is top notch. He’s a good actor… the kind of actor who can act and do action scenes better than the other guys. Apart from him, the other supporting actors- Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon, Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh, Madhurima Tuli and the others all play an important part in making the film interesting to watch. The locations are beautiful, especially in Saudi Arabia. Beautiful cinematography. I have to say that I was very impressed with the action sequence where Taapsee Pannu fights Sushant Singh single handedly.

The Not-so-good– Now the film is slightly longer than I hoped for but thankfully the screenplay keeps it going. Also I felt that the songs were unnecessary and not even that great.

Verdict– Watch Baby not for the strange title but for the fast paced thriller that it is. The second half is very engrossing and Akshay Kumar proves yet again that he is Bollywood’s best action hero.

Rating– 3.5/5

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