– Yaser Khan
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Deepak Dobriyal, Darshan Kumaar, Randeep Hooda
Direction: Ahmed Khan
Tiger Shroff is back with action in ‘Baaghi 2’ opposote the gorgeous Disha Patani where they play rebels set on a journey to avenge. The film is directed by Ahmed Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.
Story: The film starts with a sequence where Neha (played by Disha Patani) is being beaten up in front of a school. We then get introduced to Ronny (played by Tiger Shroff) who follows the army discipline yet does things in his own way. He gets a voicemail from Neha asking for his help which requires him to leave Kashmir and come to Goa. He arrives to Goa only to find her four years old love Neha in complete depression who is struggling to find her kidnapped daughter Rhea. While in the city, Ronny meets Usman (played by Deepak Dobriyal) for a car on hire who turns out to have a darker side. Ronny starts his quest to find the truth behind the kidnapping and comes across culprit Sunny (played by Prateik Babbar) who happens to be Neha’s husband Shekhar’s (played by Darshan Kumaar) brother. Meanwhile, DGI Goa Shergill (played by Manoj Bajpayee) proves to a supporting hand for Ronny who guides him to do right. ACP LSD (played by Randeep Hooda) joins in to investigate the kidnapping case and expose the drug lord Sunny, Neha gets accused of having mental disorder and there being a non existence of any daughter. A mishap with Neha leads Ronny to avenge the culprits and he sets to go on a rampage. Who is behind the actual kidnapping? Is the kidnapping more than what it’s ought to be? That’s what the audiences are made to find out!
Tiger Shroff is the true ‘hero’ of the film. He has definitely grown from being the ‘Heropanti’ debutant. His action looks more real and this film establishes him as the ultimate action star. Having said that, his expressions are still very stiff and on some scenes the emotions don’t come through.
Disha Patani unfortunately only stays the cute little being that she is. She struggles to show her strengths as an actress. Also the choice of her roles has to go better. She cannot continue to do extended cameos.
Manoj Bajpayee is brilliant as usual. He displays two shades in the film and you’ll be shocked with the transition.
Randeep Hooda is an amazing actor but he has small screen time in this one. His minimal presence brought all the humour and was a sense of relief for the gripping drama.
Deepak Dobriyal is phenomenal in his role. Darshan Kumaar has been wasted, he’s given us a range as an actor with films like ‘NH10’, ‘Mary Kom’ and ‘Gentleman’, his character didn’t have much scope. Prateik Babbar was possibly being himself, rave, drugs and hyper-ness.
Music and Dialogues: The music of the film is good when heard individually and when seen as music videos. The placement of them in the film is very weird. Specially the audio for Jacqueline Fernandez’s item number ‘Ek Do Teen’ sounds very different in the film and it’s a no match to Madhuri Dixit’s original. The dialogues are whistle worthy and pack a punch.
Direction: Ahmed Khan has done a decent job when it comes to direction. Making over the top action scenes believable is tough but you somehow tend to believe that Tiger Shroff can be a one man army. The twists and turns in the film really work in creating a thrill in this action packed entertainer. The films starts on a boring note but as we get into the actual situation of the film, it holds you. The second half of the film is where the masala comes in with action like never before and some comic elements from the police department. One cannot miss the Manoj Bajpayee twist which tends to change the whole story. Unfortunately, the story isn’t as powerful as the action. The treatment of ‘Baaghi’ was amazing and ‘Baaghi 2’ was good. The cinematography could have been better given the locations were breathtaking. The editing could have definitely been more crisp. The addition of too many songs makes it look lengthy. Better editing could have taken the film a notch higher. But give the occupancy and the fame Tiger Shroff has built with his uniqueness. It can turn out to be ones of the biggest hits of the first half of 2018.
Cinespeaks Verdict: For all the Tiger Shroff lovers and people who crave for high voltage action, this is a film for them which can be enjoyed over the weekend as a one time watch. Cinespeaks gives the film 3 out of 5 stars.