Films of India
Varun Dhawan’s Badlapur is the kind of film that leaves you feeling extremely confused. You want so much to love it and yet it insists on constantly letting you down. Badlapur opens on a promising note with an extended long shot of two men robbing a bank while Misha (Yami Gautam) is busy buying vegetables with her son beside her. The robbers somehow end up having to hijack Misha’s car (Yami Gautam) leading to a bloody and violent chase at the end of which Misha and her son are dead. One of the robbers, Harman (Vinay Pathak) escape with the loot while Layak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) surrenders himself. We are then introduced to Misha’s husband Raghu (Varun Dhawan) whose world has turned upside down in one single day. He swears revenge, thereby beginning a 15 year long journey to avenge the death of his wife and son. The rest of the film keeps building up towards a gruesome conclusion which is sadly not as satisfying as you would expect. Overall, the screenplay of the movie is the biggest let-down. Director Sriram Raghavan is hands-down one of the most capable thriller directors we have but his film badly lacks a decent script. We are constantly reminded of how amazing his Johnny Gaddar was when compared to Badlapur. The thrill element is woefully missing from the movie and for that matter so is the drama. You really stop sympathizing with Raghu after a point. Most of all, the film barely provides any sense of closure for anyone. But if there is one department the writing scores in its the dialogues. Nawazuddin especially has some brilliant lines while a number of serious moments in the movie are offset by cheeky and often audacious quips. Varun Dhawan shows us shades of brilliance with his performance but needs to work on his dialogue delivery. Sadly, his character becomes too uni-dimensional to give him much scope to really provide some variety. Nawazuddin is predictably the biggest saving grace of the movie as he provides some of the funniest and most whistle-worthy moments. As for the ladies, they all have equally short screen time. Yami is pretty, Huma is extremely sexy and Divya Dutta is effective as ever. Radhika Apte surprisingly holds her own against the rest of the experienced star cast and manages to stand out in a few scenes. The music by Sachin-Jigar is of course top-notch and beautifully highlights the key emotional moments of the movie. Cinematographer Anil Mehta is in top form as ever while Pooja Ladha Surti is a deft hand at editing those fast-paced action sequences. On a final note, Badlapur has all the right ingredients for a great film but maybe not in quite the right quantities. It is a forgettable yet very watchable feature and deserves 2.5 stars.