Captain Ranveer Pratap Singh aka Ronnie (Tiger Shroff) is an army officer who receives a message from his ex-lover Neha (Disha Patani) after 4 years of no contact. Upon reaching he learns from her about the kidnapping of her only daughter Ria. As Ronnie tries to unearth the reality behind the kidnapping, he finds shocking details about the entire conspiracy which even questions the state of mind of Neha.
What’s wrong with Neha? What happened to Ria and who kidnapped her? Or was Ria ever kidnapped?
Positive Points: –
- The film is shouldered by the performances of Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpayee and Deepak Dobriyal.
- The basic plotline of the film is excellently thought of which concocts an intriguing second half.
Negative Points: –
- Ridiculous and outlandish action sequences.
- Poor direction and even poorer screenplay.
- Lack of character development.
- The absence of any kind of sense and logic in any form.
- Uninspiring performances from the rest of the cast (though surprisingly I wouldn’t include Tiger Shroff here).
- Cheap visual effects.
- Unnecessary songs which disturb the story-telling.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
I’m at a loss of harsh adjectives to describe the dismal directional contribution of Ahmed Khan to Baaghi 2 and that includes the ludicrous action sequences as well. It’s high time that we realised that the hackneyed South-Indian style of action should be rejected by us in order to reach the larger audiences outside the domain of the Indian subcontinent. There’s a lot more to showcase in action other than levitating bodies and the acclaim of the action monatages of Iddarammayilatho down south should be a lesson for us that even the South-Indian audience has sort of moved on from their own native fight sequences. Even the screenplay by Khan, co-written with Ahmed Abbas Hierapurwala and Niraj Kumar Mishra is a grave let down which couldn’t capitalise on its powerful storyline. Though there are a few good moments in it thanks to the contribution of Hooda and Bajpayee, Baaghi 2 is basically akin to the action films that Hollywood used to make before the 90s where one strong and invincible guy would be thwarting 100 guys at a time without much effort. I don’t completely express my revulsion to such kind of films but the aesthetics of the fights and the challenges incorporated for the protagonist were sadly minimal. At the end, we didn’t want a cheaper version of Rambo masquerading an intriguing mystery-thriller.
On the technical side, Santhana Krishnan’s cinematography was terrific during some fight montages. The VFX was terrible on the other hand. The music was fine but was rather a distraction in the film. The remake of Ek Do Teen performed by Jacqueline Fernandez was another big let-down in the movie.
I can’t believe that I’m saying this but Tiger Shroff has improved drastically as an actor from his prior ventures. He may not have been flawless or completely satisfactory with his work and needs to work on his emotions, yet he did manage to showcase the serious actor in him which can mould into better forms in future.
Disha Patani needs to understand that there’s a lot more to acting than being pretty and sexy. She needs to work harder on her acting skills in order to get meaty offers in the film industry.
Manoj Bajpayee and Randeep Hooda perform brilliantly as badass cops and literally pump in life to an otherwise lifeless movie. Deepak Dobriyal in his short stint makes a strong impact on the audience.
Darshan Kumar disappoints as Shekhar and Prateik Babbar’s portrayal of a junkie is fine though he goes overboard quite often.
Final Verdict: –
It’s because of movies like Baaghi 2 and their box office successes, that Indian movies are never taken seriously in the international circuit. Though it’s partly saved by a riveting second half and a powerful plot, it will largely be forgotten for being just another archetypal Indian action movie which lacks sense and logic and even proper execution.