baaghi hindi movie review
High voltage action sequences and that too which runs close to almost half an hour in the climax, visual beauty of Kerala, good songs, excellent cinematography and pretty decent background score. These are some of the good things one can say about Sabbir Khan’s Baaghi.
But what if all these things gets sidelined because of uninspiring making, poor performances and lackluster content. Baaghi ends up on the disappointing side with a dull story and never recover at any time only to fall by the way side.
We have Ronny who is the son of a Retd Army man. Ronny is leading an undisciplined life which forces his father to send him to Kerala where his friend and ex-army man Guruswami is running his Martial arts training centre. Talking about this Martial arts training centre, it is a mix of Kalaripayattu and various Chinese martial art forms.
The story build on from here as Ronny meets Sia and falls in love with her. But as we know the film is projected as a romantic/ action film things won’t be as easy as it would be for our macho hero. Enter the baddie Raghav who is the son of Guruswami and he also falls for Sia.
Now you can easily guess what is to happen next as Baaghi with a very weak screenplay shifts from Kerala to Bangkok with some flash back and present situations testing all our senses with logicless and over dramatic situations and poorly written dialogues.
Please don’t complain that I revealed too much on the plot side. Its an easy guessing game if you are one who watch movies quite often. You can easily tell what happens next since there is nothing unpredictable in the one hundred and forty minutes of running time of the film.
On the making side, the makers especially director Sabbir Khan clearly show that he hasn’t done his homework right. There are many areas that lacked proper research and are shown incorrectly.
People down South and hailing from Kerala speak their mother tongue far far better. Also, the way they have put the sets showing local shopping area was literally a mess and a never before seen type in this part of the world. There are many more such cases and if I have to mention all those, the list will go on and on.
The romantic track between Ronny and his lover Sia never take off and is the result of a half baked writing that seems to be confused on whether to show love or whether to shift the focus to fights. Well these two things; romance and action goes hand in hand till the end with a rebellious touch with lot of blemishes.
Songs were good to hear and along with the beauty of the visuals of Kerala captured by the man behind the camera very effectively giving a vibrant feel to the eyes, Baaghi scores in this area inspite of many negativity on its side. Choreography of stunts with the martial arts touch also is another notable thing. Though at times, one could feel a slight overdose in the action department, the way it has been co-ordinated is praiseworthy.
Tiger Shroff has done lot of hard work to get his body to the shape it is in now. Also the way he performed in the action sequences were too good. But when it came to the acting side especially expressing of various emotions, he was a failure. He has a long way to go and needs to polish his acting skills if he is to survive in the industry.
Shraddha Kapoor was quite good in her portrayal of Sia who also did some fight sequences without trouble. Sunil Grover as Sia’s father was okay. Commando trainer Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj who is making his debut on the acting side played the role of Guruswami as per the demands of that character. Telugu actor Sudheer Babu plays the antagonist Raghav with moderate success. While he was comfortable and excellent in the fights, the actor looked totally out of place when it came to emoting.
Underwhelming would be too less a word to describe this film that has lot of good stuffs on the action department and couple of other factors also on the positive side. But Baaghi is a film where the positive things could not outshine the negative factors that pulls down the film thereby making the viewing experience a bad one.
Rating – 1.5 / 5
Review by :chandra mohan