Badlapur is the kind of film that will leave you utterly confused. You will love it and you will hate it but one thing is for sure, this movie will remain on your mind for a long time to come. And if you are still trying to make up your mind about the movie - here are five best and worst things about Badlapur.
(SPOILER ALERT - PLOT DETAILS MAY FOLLOW)
Five best things about Badlapur:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the biggest arguments in favour of the movie. He provides some of the funniest and most whistle-worthy moments in a dark and gritty movie like Badlapur.
The ladies of Badlapur
Badlapur benefits from a killer cast of female characters. Be it the gorgeous Yami, sensuous Huma, brilliant Divya or surprisingly entertaining Radhika Apte, these ladies really add to the brilliance of the movie while steaming up the screen at the same time.
The music by Sachin- Jigar
If there is one thing a good thriller needs its a good background score and Sachin- Jigar’s tracks evocatively bring out the atmosphere of Badlapur.
Flawed as the screenplay may be, the script will constantly surprise you by throwing some very innovative dialogues your way. For instance when Nawazuddin goes to a brothel after fifteen years to inquire about a girl he is told - “Yeh koi Maratha Mandir thode hi hai jo yahaan 15 saal tak wahi ladki rahegi...”
Varun Dhawan’s eyes
Varun Dhawan may lack maturity when it comes to his dialogue delivery but his eyes do all the talking for him in this film. Angry, sorrowful, vulnerable and feral are just some of the adjectives we can use to describe Varun’s eyes in Badlapur.
Cinematography by Anil Mehta
DOP Anil Mehta is in top form in Badlapur. His tense static frames interspersed with frenetic camera movements bring out the sense of unease in Badlapur.
Five worst things about Badlapur
Varun Dhawan’s dialogue-delivery
Varun Dhawan delivers a fantastic performance but falters in the dialogue department. His voice gives away his lack of maturity and rings a false note in his performance.
When you get right down to it, a lot of things don’t make sense in Badlapur. The screenplay meanders in the second half with gaping plot-holes making you wish for a more tighter experience.
Varun’s behavior towards female characters
While Nawazuddin is the standard bad guy in the movie, Varun’s treatment of women will shock you. The way he talks to and behaves with all the women except Yami is at times disgusting be it justified or not.
While some films are outright brutal like Ugly, others are playful like Kaminey. Badlapur seems stuck between the two. It can turn from a dark, ugly film into a ridiculous one in a matter of minutes and this definitely mars your movie experience.
Most of all, you expect a killer climax from a thriller movie and that is Badlapur’s biggest stumbling block. Forget having a twist at the end, the conclusion of the principal character itself will leave you utterly unsatisfied.