Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D'Cruz, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra, Vidyut Jamwal
How wrong can you get when you put Milan Luthria and Ajay Devgn together? Well, very wrong if you take everything else for granted. The film is about a chase for gold, which the glittery yet gritty title font is supposedly hinting at.
So we have the very grunge Bhawani (Devgn) who is trying his best to give the love of his life, Maharani Gitanjali (Ileana Dcruz) the gold that she has lost during the Emergency. The only way to acquire it is to rob it from under the collective nose of the officials. It is not an one man operation so he gets his trusted minions on the job. There comes Daliya (Emraan Hashmi) who can move mountains, skirts and minds at will, then there is the gorgeous Sanjana (Esha Gupta) who is a fearless femme fatale and of course, Tikla (Sanjay Mishra) who can pick any lock you can take him to.
Of course, as the four badasses (or haramis) get together to tackle the army, there are moments which give you edge of the seat-action and some rather barbed dialogues which are given in the case of Rajat Arora film. But these are all predictable entities of the film. There is nothing in the script that surprises you, though you are left flummoxed as to why did Luthria decided to peg this film in the times of Emergency that left India rather hinge-less. Do the clothes do justice to the fact that it is a film based on the emergency, well not really! The sense of fashion oscillates at the will of Payal Saluja (Costume Desginer) because she doesn't taken into consideration the backgrounds of each character nor has she given enough thought to the era. Perhaps it is not her fault, there is little thought gone behind why should the film have been pegged with the emergency. The existence of a Sanjay Gandhi look alike called Sanjeev is all that tips us towards the fact that Rani is missing her jewels thanks to the ‘emergency’.
Despite the half baked storyline, the actors all ready to take a bite of a chunk of the action - it is Sanjay Mishra who gets the applause with his loose limbed ease and confused face. Other than him, everything about BAADSHAHO is like settling for plan B, the film was shared with the likes of Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif but was eventually made with Ileana Dcruz and Esha Gupta – who are no comparisons to the first choice. The film was to star Diljit Dosanjh but eventually got forwarded to Emraan Hashmi – how can two people so diverse fit into the same role? Beats me! And then, it seems like out of panic Luthria who is also the producer of the film had put in songs like “Piya more bhole bhole, move your body haule haule” – yes it does sound like a song from a film based in Rajasthan, during the Emergency!
With people who have given us films like KACHE DHAAGE, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI, DIRRTY PICTURE – we expected more.