Badlapur is a revenge saga that features a bunch of talented actors – Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Yami Gautam and Huma Qureshi have important roles to play. The film has been directed by Sriram Raghavan who has previously directed ‘Johnny Gaddaar’, ‘Ek Hasina Thi’ and ‘Agend Vinod’. Badlapur is one of the most keenly awaited films because the promos always promised a hard-hitting dark revenge drama and showcased Varun in a completely new never-before-seen role.
Story: Raghu’s (Varun Dhawan) life drastically changes when Laik (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) – a bank robber – kills Misha (Yaami Gautam) and her son Robin. The culprit Laik refuses to disclose the truth of his crime and details of his partner Harman (Vinay Pathak) who he blames is the man who fired the fatal shot. He is thus imprisoned for 20 years. Raghu awaits his revenge for 15 years to settle scores with Laik and his accomplice. The film is a transformational journey of Raghu from an optimistic outgoing person to a completely devastated lover. It’s a gripping unpredictable battle of wits and vengeance between Varun and Nawaz, one which might shock you several times during the film.
Review: Badlapur starts off well. The first half is fast paced and gripping, the film loses pace immediately after Harman and his wife get murdered in the second half. The climax is unexpected and unpredictable, something that we don’t get in most hindi films. A few notable scenes include Raghu’s breakdown when he gets beaten by the truck drivers, Ashwini Keksekar’s entry sequence, Nawazuddin’s exit sequence from the jail.
The problem with Badlapur is the slow-paced and sometimes boring second half, which lacks the necessary impact. Anil Mehta’s camerawork is brilliant and compliments the film well. Special mention to the music composed by Sachin-Jigar, all the three songs (Jee Karda, Jeena Jeena and Judaai) blend perfectly into the film.
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Performances: Varun Dhawan has come a long way as an actor and Badlapur will always be remembered as a film that showcases his versatility. His performance is subtle and controlled through the first half and completely erupts in the second. It’s a brave effort on his part to essay such a challenging role so early in his career. If Varun impresses, the man who stands out in Badlapur is Nawazuddin Siddique. He delivers the performance of a lifetime, as if he were born to play Laik. From his appearance, to his accent to his mannerisms, he entertains you in every frame. It’s the battle between Varun and Nawaz that makes up for the slow pacing of the film. Badlapur works more for its performances than its unparalleled story. Yami Gautam and Huma Qureshi don’t get enough screen-time to showcase their talent, but they do well. Radhika Apte is impressive and Vinay Pathak is good too.
Overall, Badlapur is not as gripping as Sriram Raghavan’s ‘Johnny Gaddaar’ nor does the climax shock you like ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, however, the film does manage to keep you involved because of the powerful performances by the lead actors.
- Performances are top notch. Nawazuddin is terrific, Varun does well too.
- Anil Mehta’s cinematography
- Refreshingly different story with plenty of twists
- Long and boring second half
- Editing, a crispier film would have enhanced the impact