Director: Sabbir Khan
Cast: Shraddha kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Sudheer Babu, Sunil Grover
Baaghi is the latest product under the Nadiadwaala banner directed by Sabbir Khan. Starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor, Baaghi successfully joins the
Siya (Sraddha Kapoor) is a happy-go-lucky girl who is touted to be the next big thing in ‘Southern Cinema’ by her father, P.P. Khurana (Sunil Grover). Ronny is a child-man who has been sent by his father to the famous centre of martial arts in Kerala. Siya and Ronny fall in love but Raghav (Sudheer Babu) the son of Ronny’s guru also falls in love with her. He vows to kill Ronny if he steps in between Raghav and Siya. Will Ronny and Siya survive Raghav’s bloodluist or will one of them die for the other?
Now after that interesting summary, which by the way is way more interesting that the actual movie, let us crack open the movie and analyse it. To begin with Tiger Shroff looks like an unholy mix of Salman Khan of the 90s and Hrithik Roshan. As a matter of fact had this movie been created in the 80s-90s with Salman Khan in the lead, it would have been quite a hit for certain. But now that we are in an era almost 30 years later, the directors and producers urgently need to review the twists and turns Bollywood has taken in all these years. For a good part of the first half Tiger Shroff’s character Ronny is a ridiculously giggly, overenthusiastic man who acts way below his age(confused? don’t worry we are on the same boat). And then suddenly he transforms into a mature, sensitive young man who can break bones to save a child’s life. Shraddha on the other hand kept reminding me of Kareena Kapoor from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum. Her expressions were completely out of place and over done to say the least. Her character has this peculiar habit of talking to the rain/sky. Not that it was ridiculous enough to have such a sequence in the script, Shraddha makes it worse with her eye rolling and excited gestures.
The script penned down by Sanjeev Datta plays around the classic theme of damsel in distress. What he forgot to check was that the damsel had probably killed herself with the repeated versions of her never ending distress and tryst with dragons. The movie has a 15 minute long action sequence which will make you feel like you are standing at a never ending red-light. Let me build the context, Siya is trapped on the 10th floor of a building where there is high level security at every level. To make you feel the struggle, quite literally, the director makes you sit through an excruciatingly long action sequence, wher Ronny moves from grounf floor to the 10th floor, fighting several goons at each level (and of course, he emerged unscathed). The action sequences are well orchestrated if you are willing to forget the frequency of its happening (no, apologies not accepted). The only highlight of the movie is its songs (where suddenly everybody starts dancing very much like the movies in the 90s). Composers Meets Bros, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari and Manj Musik have created a few hummable numbers and have already bagged a spot on radio playlists.
Stay at home folks, play some good old movies and get ready for a good week.
My verdict: *