Baby Movie Review: Akshay Kumar – Neeraj Pandey Film

After PK, we all hoped for a shift towards good content oriented films and the combination of Neeraj Pandey and Akshay Kumar had already raised hopes (after their previous outing in ‘Special 26’) in delivering yet another gripping film. The theatrical trailer of ‘Baby’ had created the much needed buzz in promising a sleek action thriller film. Unlike most films featuring a superstar in the lead, Baby wasn’t marketed aggressively as the makers were super-confident of the product and always believed that the content will speak for itself. Does ‘Baby’ live upto those expectations? Read the review to find out!

Story: The country is constantly under attack by terrorists, and while we always see the forces battling the terrorists during the attacks, a newly-formed elite team decide to tackle the terrorists when the attacks are being masterminded!

Akshay Kumar (Ajay Singh Rajput) is an officer who is a part of an elite team chosen by Danny Denzongpa from amongst the best in the forces to form a confidential Counter Intelligence Unit. In the course of foiling one terrorist attack bid, Ajay discovers a major threat to the nation – a plan to cause damage and strike fear at the heart of our very existence. The plot is masterminded by a maniacal leader Rashid Naz (Maulana Mohammed Rehman) whose organization has its tentacles spread across the world. As days progress, the unit goes through constant leads and challenges to pin down the main mastermind.

Baby Movie Review

Baby Movie Review

Since the movie is an Indian espionage action thriller film, there is always a risk of one weak scene or one dull moment ruining the pace and mood of the film. However, the script and every scene in ‘Baby’ is so well crafted that it leaves you speechless. Ajay’s (Akshay) interrogation sequence with Jameel Khan (Taufeeq) where he clearly explains the difference between religion and nationality will be greeted with whistles and claps. The last 35-40 mins of the film where Ajay is helped in his mission with Om Prakash Shukla and Jai Singh Rathore is without doubt the best climax scene in recent times.

Baby Review: Performances and Character Analysis

Baby is one of those rare films where even characters that have just one scene have managed to stand out. Akshay Kumar as Ajay delivers the performance of his life. From his dialogue delivery to his body language while handling the emotional sequences with his family, Akshay lives the character of Ajay. It’s his tribute to the many unsung heroes of the country who have sacrificed their lives on their undercover missions.

Anupam Kher as Om Prakash Shukla appears towards the last 40 mins of the film, instantly bringing a smile to your face. A shift from the serious roles he plays, watch him when he refuses to leave the gang behind. Tapsee Pannu plays Priya Suryavanshi, an outstanding shift from her character in Chashme Badoor, watch her in the sequence when she fights Javed (Sushant). Not one frame in the entire fight will look exaggerated. Rasheed Naz (Maulana Rahman) is the find of the film. His character, his look and his speech will establish the fact that there could be no better villain for Baby. Towards the end of the film, as an audience, you begin to hate him so much that you actually applaud when he is pinned down. Hallmark of a great movie.

Kay Kay Menon (Bilal Khan) may have less screen time but his performance reinstates the fact that great performances are all about quality and not the length of a role. Danny Denzongpa is cast to perfection and delivers a mature performance. Watch him in the scene where he explains to the minister that we do not do enough for those who sacrifice their lives for the country.
Madhurima Tuli as Ajay’s wife and Mikaal Zulfiqar are good too.

Baby Review: Technical Aspects and Background Score

Baby is definitely one of the best shot and visually appealing films in recent times. The film is shot across Kathmandu, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Delhi and Mumbai. Across every location the cinematography is beautiful and every sequence is captured with such grandeur and scale that it enlightens the experience of watching a high adrenaline film. Special Mention to the DOP (Director of Photography) Sudeep Chatterjee. This is probably the first Indian film where an Octocopter Drone (like helicopter cameras) is used to capture aerial shots. Also, a lot of scenes have been shot on live locations like busy streets to keep the authenticity of the script intact.

The background score by Sanjoy Chowdhuary is perfectly in sync with the mood of the film. Editing by Shree Narayan Singh is crisp and the length of the film is optimum.

Overall, Baby will not only be one of the best films of the year but will also be remembered as one of Akshay Kumar’s finest works. If Rajkumar Hirani is the king of slice-of-life feel good films, then it would be safe to say Neeraj Pandey is the king of the thriller- drama genre. Absolute must watch!

Rating: ★★★★½



  • Wow!What a review. After reading it i am really excited to go for the movie asap.

    Finally khiladi is back with Bang….

  • Baby Review: A predictable story with lots of thrills and solid performances.

    To be honest, over expectations killed a lot of joy for me. Baby was getting extra-ordinary reviews from all critics and I went into the theater expecting a mind-blowing film. It’s a really good film, but Neeraj Pandey, who had mastered the art of conning his audience with unexpected twists plays it rather predictably this time.

    So what is Baby? Baby is a 5-year trial program where undercover agents are trained to fight terrorism freely with a clause that Indian Government would never claim their identity as an Indian in worst case scenario. We have interesting actors like Danny, Neeraj regular – Anupam Kher, Rana and the terrific Tapsee to support Akshay in their mission.

    The first half of the film was a bumpy ride where time was taken to give us all the characters. I got the feeling that Neeraj has lost it completely, but the second half of the film with it’s extremely well edited scenes is so high on thrills, they take your breath away more than twice!

    Another impressive thing about Baby is, it more than once turns a cliche on it’s head. So here we don’t have the hero successfully defusing bombs at the last minute nor any overtly sentimental melodrama. What we get is SOLID ENTERTAINMENT!

    Akshay plays his part exceptionally well. Easily one of his strongest performance. Danny and Anupam Kher lend good support. Tapsee in a small yet powerful scene leaves a lasting impression. The editing is terrific and the direction is quite good. The screenplay however is strictly above average. A scene where we see no traffic on Marine Drives is absolutely outrageous and annoying.

    Neeraj however manages to get the required tension and intensity so well that I’m more than willing to ignore some of it’s flaws. He sets the mood, gives you clap worthy moments, extracts riveting performance from his cast and gives you an entertainer which is incredibly engaging.

    Though muddled with logical loopholes, Baby is still a clear winner, thanks to it’s brisk pacing, sharp dialogues and terrific performances. Akshay and Neeraj have done it twice in a row.

    Final Words: Go watch it. What are you waiting for?

    Rating: 7.5/10

  • My Baby Review. Well….not review but you can call it an analysis of it. I will dissect the whole movie into it’s different aspects or features. the total scale’s value will be equal to 10. I will also explain them and at the end say whether I recommend it or not. Let’s go….

    1) Plot/Story- 2.5/3.0
    It has one of the most engaging story I have ever seen! The story stays true to the Genre and was every bit what I expected! The story takes many turns and is twisty so it should be watched very carefully and the dialogues should be understood. Even a 5 minute break between the movie will have you being confused and looking like a monkey! The last 40 minutes were highly publicized but were not as good the 40 minutes after the interval with Tapsee and Akshay.I’m not giving it 3/3 as the plot was a little confusing the first time you watch it and I got a little Anti- Pak and Anti-Muslim vibe though the vibe was very small!

    The whole team had a very limited screen time but gave a blockbuster performance! After the movie ended, I felt like I personally knew some of them and wanted more from the rest! Recsting Akshay was a great thing to do as he was one of the main reasons why I actually watched the film or why I liked it so much! Any other actor no matter how seasoned could not pull off his body language. Tarzan,Technician and Hulk were the nicknames given to Akshay-Anupam-Rana and they are totally fitting for them! I just wished that they would have used these names instead of their real names as they were too common (Ajay, Jay, etc) while the villains had the cool names. The villain(as there are many villains I will not say who is the main villain) was very menacing and has to be used in more Bollywood movies like Nasseruddin Siddiqui who was loved as a villain in Kick that they casted him as a Villain again in Badlapur!

    3)Music/Background Score- 0.9/1.0
    This is where I thought the film was lacking in. Don’t get me wrong! The background score was awesome and kept me engaged throughout the movie but it needed to have some getting used to. I would have been more engaged if they would have changed the Background Score in the 1st chase scene. There was only 1 bit of the romantic song and it was used to it’s utmost power. While the song Beparwah at the end came at a time when the people were filled with awesomeness and needed to become Beparwah as their country’s people will protect them!

    4) Directing/Editing-2/2
    It is a Neeraj Pandey film! What more do you want? This is his biggest movie till date and is better than Special 26 in my opinion. Special 26’s climax was really unpredictable but it left me wanting more as so much hype was built around how they will steal after the police has made preparation. The editing was real slick and never once did I feel like yawning!

    Everyone was looking their very best and it was shot beautifully over many countries.

    6)Dialogues/Dialogue Delivery- 1/1
    The dialogues were really awesomely delivered and never felt forced! Well….except that Diwali one….It just doesn’t feel right that at such a crucial stage in their lives someone can make one liner joke….I didn’t get it anyways. The rest was absolutely great!

    7) Trailer Expectations- 0/1 ( This the part where I loose my cool)
    The trailer gave more screen presence to these characters than the actual movie! I went in there expecting a serious Anupam and he was used to provide Comic relief. Taapsee ha one of the best performances at the 20 minute screen time. I did not know what Baby was, and was expecting it to be revealed near the end of the movie but it is the first thing that is revealed and isn’t even that big of a deal.I was also expecting more of the Item song with Esha as I did not watch it on Youtube and wanted to experience it on the big screen!Kno what I mean guys?

    8)Entertainment Value- 1/1
    This is whether it was Paisa Vasool or not. Guess what? It was!

    Total- 9.3/10 (1st day Baby collection as well :) )

    Recommend it? Sure as hell! Watch it twice

    Abdullah Zubair Khan………………..(And before someone points out, I love exclamation marks)

  • by now the fate of this pathetic movie is sealed .. all those who have liked this must see film its a big blow to your ego and salute to your brain malfunction but my comments and public perception of their vision through my eyes has made sure that this film has been shown the garbage can.. thanx all those supporting me

  • hello, good one ‘BABY’ but the ending part i dint understand why the director or script was like that. ……The police finds out but lets them go…..YYYYYYYY

  • i thik baby is the great movie made by neeraj sir

    and i would like to tell tahat this movie is great than pk by story by action and the concept
    it is an action film so everybody must watch this movie

  • It is a great film eqal to any hollywood action film which sounds real. Akki is great and fit for the role. Hope the story is based on real story. India neeeds to have such BABY cells to counter terroe plans by Pakis/

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