By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Producer: Dinesh Vijan and Sunil A Lulla
Director: Sriram Raghavan
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Yaami Gautam and Huma Qureshi
Rating: (4 / 5)
Well, finally Varun Dhawan’s Badlapur arrives with much oomph and vigor. The movie has already made its place among the audiences with its trailers and promotions before the release and now it is with them to be watched on big screen. Will the film live up to the expectations the audiences have generated for it or not? Let’s analyze the movie now.
Sriram Raghavan does the brilliance by taking the two talented stars together on screen – Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan and he has taken the right amount of brilliance out of them on celluloid, which is impressive and that the viewers would love to watch. The film has been labeled as a twisted entertainer and I agree with this label thoroughly. First things first, Badlapur is not for all kinds of masses rather it is for the select audience, but at the same time it is appealing for all and sundry even the front benchers too love watching it.
Laik (Nawazuddin Siddiui), the bank robber, kills Misha (Yaami Gautam) and her son Robin. With the murderers of his wife and son, the husband Raghu (Varun Dhawan) is left shattered. He is now after Laik and to get at him, he even stumbles upon the forced sex with Laik’s girlfriend Jhimli (Huma Qureshi) so that Laik could be humiliated. Laik gets twenty years prison by the court and in jail, he tries every attempt to escape from there, but all in vain. After fifteen years, Raghu comes up to facilitate Laik to exit from the prison. The twists in the narrative start happening from there on.
The story is said to be based on a true incident. But whatsoever it is, the fact of the matter is that it is appealing though novelty can hardly be seen, as many of these kinds of plot have been seen in numerous Bollywood movies before. The script by Sriram Raghavan and Arijit Biswas is unblemished and you can hardly point out any faults in it. This is the brilliance of the movie apart from the aptly done other departments. Editing is fine. Cinematography is first rate. Music by Sachin-Jigar is appealing and Jee Karda and Jeena are the picks of the lot. Direction is superlative.
Varun Dhawan shows his class as an actor. He is simply brilliant and undoubtedly is the darling of the masses. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a class in himself. You hate him and you love him. He is the finest star, Bollywood has witnessed in recent past. Yaami Gautam and Huma Qureshi attract with their tiny roles and the cameos of Vinay Pathak and Radhika Apte appeal since the actors display their histrionics. Rest of the cast is brilliant to watch also.
On the whole, Badlapur is a film that will stay in the minds of the viewers because of the brilliant execution, unblemished screenplay, stupendous performances and ear-pleasing music though it is laced with violence and bloodshed.
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