Baadshaho Review


Plotline: –

The movie is set during the Emergency Period in India where the government lead by politician Sanjeev (based on Sanjay Gandhi, played by Priyanshu Chatterjee) orders to confiscate the wealth of Maharani Gitanjali Devi (Ileana D’Cruz) in order to wage a personal vendetta leading to her arrest. A helpless Gitanjali now seeks the help of her most trusted bodyguard Bhawani (Ajay Devgan) to acquire the gold from the army.

Can Bhawani do justice to his queen’s orders? Or will he succumb to the power of the Indian Armed Force and the government?

Positive points: –

  • Other than some occasional cheap thrills and the performances of the Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Sanjay Mishra and Vidyut Jammwal, nothing is exciting or worth your time in this 136 minutes long political-heist-thriller.

Negative points: –

  • Milan Luthria’s zany directional attempt not only mauls his own career but also your faith in Bollywood.
  • Rajat Arora may help the actors fire some powerful punches but in an attempt to do so he also concocted some inane dialogues which clealry are products of pure brain farts.
  • You can ignore one or two minor plotholes in a movie but Baadshaho has so many of them that I can write a book to cover them all!
  • The most alluring thing about the flick was its star cast and in order to accommodate them in a multi-starrer, the makers needed to do justice to each and every character. Obviously nothing as such happens in this movie and I can see why! (Hope you don’t have to see the same)
  • Poor CGI ofcourse! Seems like this point is the daal-chaawal of every Bollywood film in my reviews. Sigh!

Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –

This isn’t the Milan Luthria who had directed Once Upon A Time In Mumbai and Dirty Picture. If you thought that Luthria couldn’t make anything worse than Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara then here’s Baadshaho for you! Interestingly I can’t even say if Luthria hits the rock-bottom with Baadshaho because he might decide to direct a movie soon and that may even exceed this flick in providing ample boredom to the audience. He directs the movie with a child-like maturity and one seldom feels that Luthria is actually an experienced director who has certain Bollywood classics under his belt. Honestly speaking, most average directors also do better job in directing movies in their debuts than Luthria has done in Baadshaho. Dreadful, lamentable, laughable and substandard in quality, not just the audience but Luthria himself would be wishing to disown his work in the film.

It’s time that Rajat Arora understood that a few bombastic punchlines and wow-type of moments won’t alleviate a movie from its weakness. Seemingly he hasn’t learnt this from the debacle of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara but I hope he does so with this disappointing feature. There are so many characters in the movie and none of them gets a proper development or even a justifiable backstory much to our dismay. The movie also unabashedly switches its antagonists time and again in order to provide plot-twists which the audience would never have even asked for. The biggest problem with the film is that when you just start liking it, something disdainful happens and you go back to the feeling of hatred that you had for it throughout its runtime owing to a nonsensical screenplay and its innumerable loopholes and the credit for the same undeniably goes to Arora.

The most important thing in a Milan Luthria film has always been its music and even though the music of the film is likeable, it is nowhere close to the grandeur of the Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Series and I believe I mustn’t be the only one who missed Pritam in this movie. In other words, the music is a grave let down.

Performances: –

Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Sanjay Mishra have been extremely impressive in their performances as well as in imitating a nearly perfect Rajasthani accent. It’s a shame however that none of the above actors’ characters undergo proper characterisation or development which limited the spark which they could have generated onscreen.

Vidyut Jammwal’s performance comes as a surprise because he has never impressed as an actor in his previous flicks like he did here. He might be the only person who must be thanking Luthria for making the film and giving him an opportunity to showcase his acting chops.

Ileana D’Cruz is good but she could have been exceptional owing to the multiple shades her character exhibited. She needs to work harder in order to prove herself as a viable actor in such a volatile industry.

It’s been half a decade since Esha Gupta’s debut and she is yet to show us a likeable performance from her side. Baadshaho proves that we need to wait longer in order to see the actress in her.

Sharad Kelkar impresses in his brief stint. Priyanshu Chatterjee and Denzil Smith disappoint with their acts.

Final Verdict: –

It’s not new that for Bollywood to mess up potentially good movies and Baadshaho demonstrates it quite clearly. A movie can’t be ameliorated by good performances, good punchlines and a few wow-moments only and if Raees didn’t convince this fact to you, then Baadshaho should. Lastly, if you love adventure and want to do something toofani, better go for activities like racing, trekking, joining an engineering college, etc etc but don’t you dare to spare your valuable time for this film! I repeat, don’t!

RATING: 0.5/5


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