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Baaghi 2

By Shubarna Mukerji Shu Tuesday, May 01, 2018 05:54: AM
Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Prateik Babbar, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal
Ahmed Khan
Action/Drama
2018-04-29
Hindi
2/5

Baaghi 2 is a small scale marketing genius. Being one of the biggest Tiger Shroff films to ever hit the market, having secured 3500 screens, it is a clear message that Shroff Jr. is ready to spread his wings. The makers of the film have packed it with all their expertise and ensured that this one is bigger and better than the prequel.
 

The movie jolts from the very first scene. We see Neha (Disha Patani) jostled, hammered brutally by two masked men. With her daughter kidnapped, Neha doesn’t who to trust, who to seek for help other than her college mate Ronnie (Tiger Shroff). Today Ronnie is a Special-ops, Army man but the two go a long way. We are given a rather extensive flashback complete with songs et al, describing their relationship and the fact that they were to be wedded. Ronnie, of course, jumps at the chance to help his old flame, friend. What happens post that?
 

Ronnie reaches Goa, where the crime has taken place and is met with not one, but two oppositions. One in the form of DIG (Manoj Bajpayee) and Neha’s brother-in-law, Sunny (Prateik Babbar). Well, a lot of things start happening simultaneously but to tell you all this in a nutshell would need just four meagre words… ‘kick, punch, jump, REPEAT’!
 

Yes, like a typical Tiger Shroff film, there is a lot of action, and some more action. A lot of logic, explanations and common sense have had to be compromised to make room for the action but Tiger Shroff fans won’t be disappointed.  The boy has ensured he has used all his strengths remarkably through this venture. He is looking better, more masculine and rugged, his voice is harsher and dialogue delivery better. His action is, of course, top notch.


It does seem like Ahmed Khan, while adapting Telugu film, Kshanam, kept only one thought in mind - how can I make the action slicker. He has achieved his objective. But his actors have suffered as a result.


There is absolutely no warmth of emotions between the clever lines everyone seems to be mouthing in the film. Prateik Babbar (who once again plays a drug addict) and Manoj Bajpayee have hammed relentlessly. The only moments where Bajpayee has figuratively pulled up his socks is when Randeep Hooda is sharing the frame with him. As a police offer in a hippy garb, Hooda is fantastic. Though the only thing new is his appearance; the attitude, the style of speaking is everything you might have seen in a Sultan or Kick. I don’t blame the actors for their erratic pitch, when it is obvious that they had no clue what they are supposed to be doing in this film. The only directive emphasized seems to be “ACTION!” - it is the question, the answer and even the exclamation, through the script.
 

So has Tiger delivered? Of course, he has done what he was asked to do (Don’t be obtuse, he was supposed to do the action!) so he has done his bit, Disha too has done what she was supposed to be doing…. Look pretty, she looks pretty even post her God-awful assault, even has she worried about her daughter, even as a college student, and even as a troubled wife…. Phew! Wish she could have been allowed to act too, it might have helped the chemistry between the actors.
 

Another thing that could have helped the chemistry would have been better songs. Given, Ahmed Khan (once a choreographer) is heralding this project, he should have had better taste in music. Even the whole "Ek Do Teen" number, with Jacqueline, which is forced down our gullet is abominable. So should you see Baaghi 2? If you are a Tiger Shroff fan, yes. If you are in a rotten state of mind and need someone to criticise – YES! Because, like Tiger roars, “Ye joh tera torture hai, woh mera warm-up hai!”

 

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