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By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Director: Shailesh Verma
Cast: Nishan, Annu Kapoor, Kishori Shahane, Pooja Gupta and Sharanya Mohan
Music: Shamir Tandon, Sachin Gupta and Raju Sardar
Rating: [usr 1]
Badlapur Boys is all about the rural game ‘Kabaddi’ played mainly in the sub-continent and has now gained international fame as well. The sport has received good momentum in recent times and that’s great for this sport which was being neglected in this part of the world earlier.
The film is set in a village Badlapur in Uttar Pradesh. Rampravesh Pasi (Vineeth Sharma) is a passionate lover of the irrigation system in his village. His passion leads him to make threat of self-immolation before the irrigation officer if his demands are not met. By the time, no action is taken on his demands, he goes for immolation before the whole village. The entire village terms him ‘mad’. This disturbs his family members. Vijay (Nishan) is Passi’s son now takes the responsibility to support his mother (Kishori Shahane) and starts working as a domestic help at Ayodhya’s (Aman Varma) place. Vijay’s passion for Kabaddi often makes him be absent from his work. This irks Ayodhya a lot. One day, Vijay is sported by a Kabaddi coach Surajbhan Singh (Annu Kapoor), who gets impressed by his skills of the game. Now the team of Badlapur Boys is ready to take part in a state level championship. But there are few hurdles. What will happen to these hurdles and whether the team would be able to take part in the championship is what forms the climax of the movie.
Shailesh Verma makes his directorial debut with this film. But his efforts of being a strapping storyteller fail baldy as the movie turns out to be sluggish at places and the viewer does not gel well with the ongoing of the sequences aptly. The thrill factor is missing, which must exist in these types of movies. Story is just okay. Script carries flaws. Editing is average. Cinematography is just about okay. Music is mundane.
Nishan needs to work high on his acting skills. Annu Kapoor, the veteran actor, disappoints a lot. There is no energy level in his acting that should be there in a coach character. Kishori Shahane falls flat in her role. There are two heroines in this film – Sharanya Mohan and Puja Gupta, but they are seen quite less in this film. Both do passable score in acting department. Rest of the cast is plain average.
On the whole, Badlapur Boys is a big failure in all departments of the movie. The film is highly recommended to AVOID.