Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor
Director: Sabbir Khan
What’s Good: Action is the only good element in this film. From hand to hand combat to Kalaripayattu, the action is well-captured.
What’s Bad: A wafer-thin plot that is laden with cliches.
Loo Break: Yes! I suggest one or two in both halves.
Watch or Not?: Not unless you have a taste for films that have a banal plot.
We are told Ronny (Tiger Shroff) is a rebel. Don’t ask why! His father, in order to get him disciplined sends him off to Kerala at his friend’s martial arts academy. Naturally, he is much of a rule-breaker there.
On his journey to the academy, Ronny meets the over-chirpy, talking to the clouds kind of girl Sia (Shraddha Kapoor). She is an upcoming actress in her father’s (Sunil Grover) film. Boy-meets-girl, exchange a few words and are in love!
Wait a second, there is also a villain. Raghav (Sudheer Babu) too is in love with Sia or more like obssesed with her.
Will Ronny and Sia’s love survive amidst Raghav’s nasty plans is what the story is all about.
After Heropanti, Tiger Shroff waited two years for his second film and I wonder what he found in this script.
Baaghi cannot be called a romantic action drama. It is merely action without reason drama. It comes with a cliched script of a one-sided love becoming the thorn in a rosy affair. What is weird is, the inclusion of the whole Karate kid style training angle in it.
To start off, the script fails to establish its characters properly. Ronny does not have any background, he is just a rebel. Sia seems to smoking some substances which may cause her character to have a ‘happy-go-lucky’ nature all through the day. She is irritably chirpy!
Sia’s character keeps repeating a line ‘Tu bohot aage jayega’ but unfortunately we cannot say the same about our lead or even the story in this case.
Comic elements are inserted via Sunil Grover and Sanjay Mishra’s characters. They are cringeworthy in most cases and give you only a few chuckles.
The first half is extremely quick in the first fifteen minutes itself. That may be the case because by the second half, there is no story to tell, only action to showcase. The writers even forget to give dialogues for the second half as Ronny has to fight it out with Raghav’s men for 10 floors! Who needs dialogues for that? Besides, we already know the end, so the makers put in zero efforts to change that!
Tiger Shroff de-grades with his second film. He was much better in his debut Heropanti. His weakness as an actor mainly reflects in the emotional scenes, as far as the action goes, he completely kills it.
Shraddha Kapoor does a la Ek Villain. She over-acts even when she is just batting her eyelid. In spite of that, she is one of the key selling points of the film and for that she should have been utilized more. Her limited action sequences are certainly worth a mention!
Sudheer Babu plays the lead antagonist. Apart from his drool worthy abs, the South sensation puts up an average act.
Sunil Grover does a good job as Sia’s father who is funny yet sly. Sadly his character is forgotten in the second half by the writers.
Sanjay Mishra does a cameo as a blind cabbie in Thailand. He is funny only till a certain point.
Sabbir Khan came up with Heropanti two years back. The film marked Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon’s debut and was even received well by the audiences thanks to its commercial quotient. With Baaghi, the director gets a little over ambitious and makes a film that is inspired from The Raid : Redemption. While he manage to make Baaghi watchable with its slick action, as a storyteller he fails to execute the right balance of romance and action.
Shot across Kerala and Bangkok, the film’s cinematography is fresh yet below-potential. Repeated shots of the antagonist’s ten floored building are a nuisance.
From the action point of view, the film excels and an agile camera-work compliments it.
The Last Word
Baaghi is an out and out action flick, which is ruined by romance and a tepid plot. I am going with a 2/5 for this film!