Director: Milan Luthria
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra
You expect a certain level of value from Ajay Devgn’s films as years after years, the guy has given so many brilliant performances with movies comprising of strong scripts. Well, Baadshaho is a kind of film that absolutely fails in its story and direction. When Milan Luthria and Devgn came together last time, the magic named ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’ happened, so there were enormous expectations from Baadshaho, but the film sinks in almost all departments.
Baadshaho is basically a heist film. The ruling party head misuses his political power and takes away all the gold from the queen Gitanjali (Ileana D’Cruz). Now, she asks her loyal bodyguard Bhawani (Ajay Devgn) to rob this gold for her. But, this gold is now in an armored truck guarded by army. So, Bhawani teams up with his companions Dalia (Emraan Hashmi), Guruji (Sanjay Mishra) and Queen’s friend Sanjana (Esha Gupta) and plans a robbery. Heading the security of the transported truck full of gold is Army officer Seher (Vidyut Jammwal) who is standing tall between Bhawani and the gold.
Baadshaho’s script is weak. The scenarios, the characters, the dialogues, the twists, all make for a big mess which is nothing but disinteresting. It’s good to have twists in the story; they add an element of surprise. But, they need to be convincing and naturally blended in with the characters. Baadshaho falters in that. The screenplay and dialogues are very ordinary. It’s a shame not to have powerful dialogues written when you have Ajay Devgn, who is one of the best actors of the industry. Remember ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’, ‘Omkaara’, or ‘Gangaajal’?
Milan Luthria is a director who gave Bollywood some wonderful movies like ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’, ‘Taxi Number 9211’ and ‘The Dirty Picture’. But, there is nothing in his direction with Baadshaho that is appreciable. The characters are not developed properly. Queen Gitanjali doesn’t give much royal feel and most importantly, doesn’t really look like she’s very smart or likable. Vidyut Jammwal as army officer Seher is also unnecessarily glorified and rather than fighting, he talks too much for his character. Luthria should have worked carefully on them.
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The only time Baadshaho entertains is when Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Sanjay Mishra plan a robbery and their talks, making fun of each other. Rest of the movie sinks deeply, beyond saving. The core scene of robbery before the interval, which is actually a defining one, is handled poorly. Four robbers with pistols outmatching soldiers with rifles is ridiculously shot. I am not saying it can’t be shown but it needs to be believable. That was Milan Luthria’s job and he disappoints.
The entire police-thieves chase in second half is one tedious storytelling which offers neither any engagement nor a potent action. The narrative is predictable. The twists in Baadshaho are ambitious but honestly, the movie would have been better off, without them. A simple heist film with spontaneous action could have been more effective.
Baadshaho is a movie of action genre but it hardly offers anything new. There’s no sense of thrill or jaw dropping fights between the characters. There’s a big lack of energy in action sequences and chase scenarios.
Action films don’t generally boast of memorable performances as the main focus is on fights. Ajay Devgn does all he can to save the movie from going downhill but he can’t help when the story and direction are dismal. His intense eyes and portrayal of Bhawani, a loyal guard to queen are good. He commands a great authority in his role. The way he leads the robbery, his bravery in fights are smartly enacted. Like I said, there’s only so much an actor can do in an action film.
Emraan Hashmi is always impressive in such roles wherein he has to do some bad things, against the rules and flirt with women. He is funny when he taunts Bhawani over the risk of the robbery plans. Sanjay Mishra adds brilliant humor and he has some of the best punches in Baadshaho. Vidyut Jammwal does well. More than action, he has many dialogues this time, maybe more than any actor in the film and he delivers a fair role.
Baadshaho is a big failure in terms of story and direction. Milan Luthria’s efforts are not evident in storytelling and movie’s action scenes are also a let-down. It’s a completely avoidable film.