Baadshaho Movie Review: Ajay Devgn and team is all style and no substance | PINKVILLA



In Baadshaho, the one your heart goes out to is Emraan Hashmi, who does his best to remain charming in a singularly bland film.

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There’s absolutely nothing going right for Baadshaho. And after, OUATIM, director Milan Luthria had piqued our curiosity so high that it’s even more disappointing. The film is such a dud. And the only one your heart goes out to is Emraan Hashmi, who does his best to remain charming in a singularly bland film. It’s a rather regular chor-police film with no thrills, no suspense and sadly, no Emergency. Perhaps Luthria thought it’s best to not let the subject gain much prominence in the film lest they be met with the similar fate of Bhandarkar’s last outing Indu Sarkar. Of course, the teaser seemed very promising. But there’s not a sprinkle of that magic in the film. The women characters – Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta – are plain. They are arm candies and purely used as decorative pieces. Ileana, specifically, is there to drop her dress for Ajay Devgn. There’s absolutely no chemistry between her and Ajay, which is such a shame. At least, she was more fun to watch in Mubarakan last month. And then there’s Esha Gupta, who pouts through her screen time without any other expression on her pretty face. A lot less comical than you remember her from Rustom but it just goes on to say so much about how actresses are satisfied picking up such parts, which requires them to act dumb. Well, that act was well done by both parties. The bright Ileana is reduced to sheer nothingness and one can only go on to blame Luthria for it. 

As the men embark upon the journey of finding a hidden treasure, there are clones and lookalikes of real people – Ileana, Rajamata Gayatri Devi et al – who go after the mound of gold. Devgn’s gang lacks the lethal punch. Imagine, Luthria thought it’s best to keep Sanjay Mishra to do some buffoonery on screen. And an ever-so earnest Devgn mouths dialogues with full swagger, does action with his trademark panache and still is unable to lend soul to the half-baked plot. 

The onus of this is primarily with the writers, who work around a silly theme, banking on claptrap dialogues to do the magic. There’s a needless pre-interval revelation, which is frankly, one you could spot from a distance. Sadly, none of it works because Luthria goes back to his classic formula, all style and no substance. In the days of OUATIM, it was magical, also because it was a better made film. Now, the design and direction of films have changed. Earth shattering dialogues like – main batwa nahin dil churata hoon – can only make one chuckle. The silly banter between gunned men and seductive women popping up without purpose is all in vain, eventually. Even the Sunny Leone item number is just blah when seen in context of the movie itself. Eventually, it’s exhausting to watch a film which has no sense of purpose. We would rather go watch ramp walks if we were here seeking style. A headache and painkiller after was just inevitable. 

It’s amusing how on one hand there’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhan attempting to change the landscape of mainstream cinema and here’s Mr. Luthria, doing the age old stylised masala flick, without anything refreshing to sell it. The choice for this Friday is clear. Why not go to content driven cinema. Move over superstars…2017 will be the year; stories over stars. No longer will we be wooed by superficial sheen. 

We rate it a 40% on the PV Movie meter.

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