Sabbir Khan’s Baaghi has received mixed reviews from critics. It’s not a film that is expected to win critical acclaim, so an average rating of 2.2 stars is acceptable for a predictable mindless action film like Baaghi.
Baaghi Review by Indicine
Baaghi has the most stereotypical Bollywood story that you can think of which has been presented in an ultra-action mode by director Shabbir Khan. The comic elements put in by the director are cringy and doesn’t make anyone laugh. And the whole Karate Kid angle feels ridiculous to anyone familiar with the Hollywood film. In fact, Baaghi gets pretty slow in the second half when most of the action revolves around well, action. Not unexpected but it would have been nice if there was a proper story to accompany the action. Baaghi is an in-cohesive film which is let down by its own promise of an entertainer.
Baaghi Review by Bollywood Hungama
The film’s director Sabbir Khan, whose last film was HEROPANTI (Tiger Shroff’s debut film), does a good job with BAAGHI. The comfort level between Sabbir Khan and Tiger Shroff works in the favour of the film. The way in which Sabbir Khan has shot action sequences is praiseworthy. Given Tiger Shroff’s natural flair for action, the film looks very stylish and the person who needs to be credited for that is Sabbir Khan. In other words, Sabbir Khan has rightfully tapped Tiger Shroff’s biggest strength and forte: action. Despite good direction, the film suffers from some loopholes in the script. The film’s narrative is gripping though and has its strong moments. Even though the romance in the film is not well defined, the action sequences in the film more than makes up for the same.
Baaghi Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
Everybody in this drama is just acquainted with the language of punching their deterrents dead. The film relies entirely on potent (often senseless) action sequences. Shroff does a stand-up job of executing hand-to-hand combat moves, but there’s little else to look forward to. If you are looking for an all brawn and no brains feature, then watch Baaghi. Otherwise, it is wise to duck this missile of a movie.
Baaghi Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
Director Sabbir Khan sticks to the old-school formula of filmmaking when it comes to his storytelling – emotions and dialoguebaazi galore. He takes a new-age stance only where his action is concerned. The love story has its endearing moments but that’s mostly due to the inherent charm of the lead performers. But the two main highlights of the film are undoubtedly the film’s action and Tiger Shroff. In a tailor-made role for him, Tiger is dynamite on screen. He makes the toughest of stunts look like child’s play. Add to that a distinctive charisma and attitude, he is pure star material. He makes it look unique also because none of his contemporaries have ever dabbled in this form of action, and even if they did, they’d be no match as he’s set the bar high. Ceetees guaranteed when he beats up a Chinese guy and says, “China ka maal zyaada tikta nahin hai.” Shraddha Kapoor has pleasing screen presence. Debut-making Sudheer Babu as the baddie is outstanding.
Baaghi Review by Mehul S Thakkar on Deccan Chronicle
Overall, the film isn’t a let down because of the output by all the actors. Tiger and Shraddha show no signs of playing their parts with any disbelief. Their chemistry is also appealing. But it is the shoddy execution of the story, which doesn’t hold you throughout the film. It almost feels like the director tried to put in a lot of elements, but found it difficult to put it all together while editing the film. Tiger Shroff shows a lot of improvement and appears more confident, since his debut film ‘Heropanti’. All in all, action sequences are fun to watch, but when too much action is accompanied with poor screenplay, it becomes unbearable, despite your lead actor’s ability to kick butt.
Review by Raghav Jaitly on Zeenews
Sabbir Khan’s filmmaking is average. Only high points in the film are its action sequences which are crafted in such a way that they will take away your breath. With a dash of comedy and emotions, ‘Baaghi’ turns out to be a one-time-watch. It is not an unmissable film, but you won’t regret watching it either.
Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala
Some of the action sequences are good but it just gets too repetitive. Fight sequences without any emotional engagement just falls flat anyway. You need to be invested in their stories to be able to root for them. The film surely scores in cinematography. The way Kerala is shot, especially the boat race (Vallam Kalli) sequence made me visit the state so badly. Tiger-Gareeb-Producers-Ka-Hrithik-Roshan-Shroff is cast well. His agile body and his training bring due credibility to the martial arts, the film features. He kicks some serious butt in action scenes, but papa, he needs to work hard on his dialogue delivery.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Low on genuine emotion, Baaghi is only as engaging as a badly designed video game. The love story is interspersed with flashy martial arts action scenes, but given a male lead who is hard pressed to convince us that he has a genuine grouse against the world, the crass concoction simply does not get off the ground. The insipid acting all around does not help the cause of this wayward rebel one bit. Baaghi is eminently avoidable. Keep out of its path.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
The director also wastes too much time in laying out a carpet for the final bloodbath. Had he prolonged the action scenes, Baaghi could have at least been more engaging. This is where Vidyut Jammwal’s Commando (2013) excelled. The saving grace is the exotic locales, from Kerala’s backwaters to Krabi, there’s plenty eye candy to soothe the sore screenplay. But you still have to deal with the ugly bones being broken in the 133- minute film. In short, The Karate Kid enters Bloodsport and appears in a hurry to become Ong-Bak without losing the essential Bollywood qualities. Baaghi shines only in patches.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
Sabbir Khan and Sanjeev Dutta’s story is very patchy. It gives viewers several enjoyable moments but is excruciatingly painful to sit through the entire duration of the film. Baaghi has enough ingredients to pull people to the theatres. It is a crowd-pleaser through and through, at times, at the cost of several crucial factors. At the end of the day, Baaghi ends up feeling like a sequence of disjointed stylised action scenes, held together by the adhesive that is Tiger Shroff.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Shraddha Kapoor is slender and pretty and executes both the ‘chham chham’ in the rain as well as some roundhouse kicks and punches well enough, but is fashioned like a Bollywood heroine belonging to the potboilers of the 70s and 80s. She isn’t dragged by the hair like the leading lady of ‘Heropanti’, Tiger’s debut (also directed by Sabbir Khan) but does everything else – simper, smile, and squeal in the villain’s den. Why does a film with a new hero, who can reveal a beautifully muscled chest, and do such jaw-dropping stunts, not go for broke and create freshness all around? I enjoyed the first half, and yawned through the much-too-long-drawn second.
Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
While we enjoy the action served before us, the movie falters when it comes to injecting emotions and a credible storyline. The plot is as old as the Himalayas, filled with enough holes, and the romance between Rony and Siya is cheesy and even looks forced. In fact, whenever a romantic scene is going on, we wait impatiently for the action to resume, despite having two very good looking stars. The film has two talented comic talents in Sunil Grover and Sanjay Mishra, yet the comedy portions suck. Sunil Grover’s character, though integral to the love story, is abandaned without further mention as the film ends. The Cham Cham track in the first half is so cheesy and unbelievable in its choreography, when Shraddha gets off the train and starts dancing, and others join her and match her steps. This is not even a dream sequence. Haven’t we evolved beyond such scenes? Even though the stunts are brilliant, the situations in which they are placed are not so. The final fight between the hero and the villain is also disappointing. Also, a tip to the makers – China and Thailand are two different countries. So calling a Thai a Chinese is actually racist!
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Most of Baaghi unfolds in flashback showing Tiger Shroff’s winning transformation from clumsy Po to bone-crunching machine. There’s no doubting the young man’s assured screen presence or dexterity as he swivels, spins, somersaults, springs, sprints, socks a jaw. The graceful balancing of his entire body weight on two fingers is particularly impressive. He’s got the goods of a solid action hero but it’s time to step out of the show reel space and shine under an actual script and a skilled hand who can bring out the Tiger buried under Jackie’s son and Hrithik’s fan.
Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
It is difficult to root for the characters even as the actors score. Tiger’s back flips may make you cheer and his stunts have gotten dishier since Heropanti, but that’s about it. He does his best to bring forth the rage of an impassioned lover but clearly he romances Kalaripayattu more than Shraddha. His stunts are more sensuous than his kisses. As Tiger lures us with his badass moves, Shraddha looks luminous in every frame and takes us by surprise when she slays professional fighters. But their love story never rings true. Unspooling over a string of melodious songs, they get little scope to conjure up an affair to remember. Her giggles and his impish smile, their rain dances and cute pecks are effective but don’t go a long way in benefiting the plot.
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
‘Baaghi’ as a movie is not a classic by any standards, and there are some obvious flaws staring at your face. It also seems to be inspired by a lot of action-packed films that starred Bruce Lee and the ilk. But, even then, the credit goes to the director Sabbir Khan for getting the milieu right and making it a thrilling watch. Also, looks like he’s given full freedom to the action director, the grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj (who also plays a significant role in the film) to turn most action scenes into a work of art.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Though the action and Tiger deliver all the right ‘kicks’ in BAAGHI, the rest has nothing much to boost off. Shraddha Kapoor doesn,t get much to do then drenching, dancing in rain and doing some kicking, her character lacks the required meat. Telugu import Sudheer Babu is plainly okay. A talent like Sanjay Mishra is wasted.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Unless you are learning Kickboxing or some sort of martial art, don’t waste your time watching this film. Usually the martial arts movies have a formula made interesting by some twist in the tale, but this movie is killed by its very predictability.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
The one main thing that that one-liner leaves out is the performances. But, that it was left out must mean a lot by itself, right? Tiger Shroff cannot act. Well, at least not so far. Each line comes out as if it is the dialogue of the decade. That is as filmy as it gets. Shraddha Kapoor maybe can but there is nothing worthy required here. Her kicks and chops aren’t the best. Though, unlikely as it is, I hope that is intentional because her character is not really an expert. Other than that there are these ‘comic relief’ characters that remind you of the worst from the 90s. The attempt at tugging at your heart is so superficial that they don’t even bother to give you a backstory or resolution.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Where the film falters is in its lack of a powerful screenplay and the absence of crisp editing. The film stretches on and on and makes you impatient for the climactic action sequence. The dialogues too are very unimpressive and the director’s insistence on trying to maintain an ideal balance between a love story and an action flick, makes for a disastrous cocktail. The songs are utterly forgettable and seem to be included for no apparent reason (except for the high on testosterone Baaghi anthem, which we did not mind at all). Had Baaghi been an out and out action fare, we are sure the film would have been much better. However, notwithstanding the faults in the story, Baaghi will warm the cockles of any action junkie’s heart.
Baaghi Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Director Sabbir Khan should be credited for framing the well-conceptualised action scenes. But for the rest, writer Sanjeev Dutta left him with very little to play with. The songs in the film are great — only for your mid-film washroom visits. Almost 140 minutes long, Baaghi can get insufferable to a point that you hope the lead pair actually succumbs to the blows and we can all go home. But they don’t.
Baaghi Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify
Director Sabbir Khan (Heropanti, Kambakkht Ishq) is not a fan of subtlety. So everything is loud and over-the-top. He uses flashbacks, in case we’ve forgotten a character’s motivations. During a fight, we are shown coloured x-ray visions of bones breaking, in case we didn’t get that from the actor’s expressions. The action is interesting in parts, but gets repetitive. And it’s set to annoying video-game type music. Really, there’s not a moment of silence in the film!
Baaghi Review by Indiaglitz
The first half is totally entertaining and enjoyable.There are some enjoyable scenes featuring Tiger and his action, especially in the climax scene. The cinematography by Binod Pradhan is superb. He makes the screen look rich with beautiful locations of Kerala and Bangkok. The action sequences are one of the key highlight of the film. Almost every action sequence is a visual treat. Speaking about the music, ‘Sab Tera’, ‘Girl I Need You’ and ‘Cham Cham’ are visually appealing. Background music supports the theme of the film. Director Sabbir Khan comes up with an out and out masala entertainer with a mixture of many stories and presents them in his own way. He succeeds in many parts and keeping you glued to the silver screen. Tiger Shorff looks cool and manages to strike a good screen presence. He stumbles a bit on the acting front but, when it comes to the action part, he is outstanding. Shraddha Kapoor looks cute and charming. She dances and fights well but, required more detailing to her character. Guruswamy as Guruji is fantastic.
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