Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur draws a line between the usual run-of-the-mill revenge sagas and the psychological effect that mishaps have over individuals. After the completely crappy Agent Vinod, the director returns to make a film with revenge as the plot. But how different is it from other films, and is that difference worth your two hours at the cinema hall? Read on to know.
Badlapur takes you through the life of Raghav, aka Raghu. As seen in the trailer, Raghu goes on finding the guys who killed his wife and son. What happens over the journey, which lasts for a period of about 20 years is what Badlapur is all about. When the title card says ‘Don’t Miss the Beginning’, they did mean every bit of it. The best part of the film is its opening 15 minutes, which is a terrific live sequence captured efficiently on camera. Once that is done, the film starts to crawl on a slower note. Badlapur has its fair share of moments, but the film does miss out on a lot of opportunities where it could have caught up on some really exciting sequences.
Varun Dhawan isn’t the perfect pick for a role of this sort, as he looks like a misfit in the latter half of the movie where he plays the 40 year old. Though he has worked on his physical appearance to depict the time-gap, his facial expressions are stale and fails to evoke emotions. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a scream, for he has a brilliant role in which he performs pretty well. The girls are probably the USP of the film, especially Huma Qureshi and Radhika Apte who are lucky to have some powerful scenes to enact. The rest of the cast is apt, and fit the bill well.
Cinematography is the pillar of Badlapur, for the film does possess some praiseworthy camerawork. As for the editing, the film does suffer some abrupt cuts at places. But that does not wind the flow of the movie at any point. Music is decent, with a special mention to Jee Karda which is arguably the song of the year so far.
Badlapur is not bad. But at the same time, it isn’t good either. Sriram’s direction might earn him some brownie points, but it is the screenplay which lacks finesse and is lightly haphazard. It is left to the viewer to make or break his verdict on the film, based on his thoughts after the climax. In my case, it didn’t work so well.
Verdict: Decently written, badly executed.
2.75 / 5