Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Arjun Joseph
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Badla is a movie which gives full justice to the thriller genre. The movie is an official remake of Spanish film The Invisible Guest. Although the movie is an adaptation, it is something rightly patched up for Indian audience. The plot of the film is plain yet composite. Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu) is accused of murdering her lover, Arjun Joseph (Tony Luke). To get herself out of this mess she hires a lawyer, Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan). The movie then follows the lawyer’s investigation to find the truth in the sea full of lies.
This film is sharp and galvanizing. The plot mends the characters very well. It will keep you seated till the end moment and throw twists and turns at you quite regularly. The film has loads of flashbacks but it does keeps the film interesting.
What makes Badla a phenomenal movie other than its plot, is the casting. We have already seen Big B and Taapsee Pannu together in Pink, so that adds up the phenomenal factor. Amitabh Bachchan as Badal Gupta is a lawyer in his 40 years of career who has never lost a case. His performance is captivating. There is no doubt that he nails every role that he plays but his role in Badla, is diverse, strong and masterful. Taapsee Pannu plays a role of the accused, as Naina Sethi. She has an extra-marital affair with Arjun. She is shown as a confused girl who delivers yet another natural performance. Together, both these actors created a marvellous movie score with the right amount of tension, thrill and suspense.
Malayalam actor Tony Luke (Arjun Joseph), made his Bollywood debut with this film. He is convincing in his role and has good screen presence. However,Amrita Singh played a mind-blowing character. Her presence on the screen was a delight and her acting was top-notch!
Sujoy Ghosh has blown away our minds through his past blockbusters like Kahaani and now he is back at it! He has left us astounded once again with Badla. The movie has solid twists and genuine thrills. The cinematography by Avik Mukhopadhyay is done gracefully. He has delivered a perfectly captured mystery crime thriller, which gave the movie more plus points!
The film offers no songs, which is a good thing because there was no appropriate screen space for any song.
Cinespeaks Verdict: Badla delivers an enthralling, alluring and mystery thriller. Watch this movie to get entertained while awakening your senses!
Cinespeaks gives 4 stars.
BY RUJUTA THETE