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Baaghi 2 Movie Review

Introduction

Critic’s Rating: 2.5* / 5*
Duration: 2 hr 25 mins
Releasing Date: 30 March 2018
Director: Ahmed Khan
Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
Dialogues: Hussain Dalal (dialogues)
Star Cast:

  • Tiger Shroff (Ronnie Singh)
  • Disha Patani (Neha)
  • Manoj Bajpayee
  • Randeep Hooda
  • Prateik Babbar
  • Lakshmi Manchu
  • Paras Arora
  • Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj
  • Darshan Kumar
  • Indraneel Bhattacharya
  • Sunit Morarjee (Sharad Kute)

Overview:

The word ‘Baaghi’ literally means, rebel. We are sure that Tiger Shroff wanted to be rebellious by doing a complete action-packed movie (almost) and we decided to be rebellious as well when we went to watch it. Baaghi 2 is a well-intended action movie that wishes to cement Tiger as the de facto action hero in Bollywood. But it is only the intentions that work and nothing else.

Story

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The story has been adapted from the Telugu movie, Kshanam (done by Adivi Sesh, adapted by Sajid Nadiadwala) and it spins forth with alarming mediocrity, right from the start. Neha (Disha Patani) gets in touch with Ronnie (Tiger Shroff) when her daughter goes missing. When Ronnie gets into the thick of things, the trail leads him to Goa where he has run-ins with the drug mafia. The drug mafia is visibly well equipped with a massive arsenal of goondas, assassins, and helicopters. It is tough to believe that one person can take on all this, but thanks to some Hollywood conditioning (remember Rambo?) and the movie frequently using the one-man-army sobriquet, it is believable. But Baaghi 2 falls short of its romantic aims which leads one to wonder as to why they were there, to begin with.

Screenplay and Direction

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We never expected Baaghi 2 to be a director’s extravaganza, but we should have expected lesser of it. The screenplay was done by Abbas Hierapurwala, Jojo Khan, Niraj Kumar Mishra and Ahmed Khan’s direction only shines in the brief moments when Ronnie is dodging knives or lugging grenades. Every other scene is a poor amalgamation of jump cuts and listless re-enactments of Rambo. Summary- it doesn’t work.

Performances and Dialogue

Tiger Shroff is believable as the action hero that he tries to portray (ripping off Rambo that is). But when it comes to expressing a shred of emotion, he fails. We don’t blame him but the scriptwriters. The west has nurtured successful action-movie actors who can’t act for zilch, but Bollywood always expects the leading man to coo away love bards. And Tiger falters in meeting that misplaced expectation. The film is well uplifted by a talented ensemble supporting cast consisting of Manoj Bajpayee, who plays a cynical cop, Randeep Hooda playing an encounter specialist and Deepak Dobriyal as a Hyderabadi drug peddler. Oh and if you watch the movie carefully, you might notice Disha Patani playing the female lead.

If the direction is disappointing, then the dialogues (by Hussain Dalal) range from uninteresting to catastrophic. We are kind enough to spare you the horrors. But for the uninitiated, ‘Deemag kya hota dahi, dil kya hota sahi’. Sorry.

Music

Baaghi 2 has nothing spectacular to offer in the music department. The meagerly hyped Ek Do Teen is as forgettable as Jacqueline in it (surprisingly). The other songs like Mundiyan or Lo Safar or Atif Aslam’s ‘O Saathi are placed as audio oddities in the movie and their individual worth is completely shattered in the action-ness of the movie.

Conclusion

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Ironically, Baaghi 2 loses because it tries to waddle into non-action territories, which don’t make sense because the movie tries to snort ‘action’ in every other second (this was too tempting to miss). If you released the action sequences as YouTube videos, we would be more than willing to watch them (and pay for them, if that were possible). But with the all other things that the movie tries to do, to hopelessly pander to an audience that doesn’t exist, Baaghi 2 falls flat like the hundredth hooligan facing the wrath of Ronnie’s drop-kick.

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