Cast : Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra, Vidyut Jamwal
Direction : Milan Luthria
Ajay Devgn starrer Baadshaho released today and the reviews are in!
A tale set in the Emergency period in the royal sands of Rajasthan, Baadshaho, although an obviously commercial production, promised to be interesting at least. It tells the story of how a Maharani Gitanjali Devi (Illeana D’Cruz) finds herself asking a group of individuals led by Bhavani (Ajay Devgn) to help her recover the gold of her kingdom, which is being snatched away by the government and transported to Delhi via road. The 4 bandits find themselves in quite a quandary when faced by a relentless army inspector, Officer Seher (Vidyut Jammwal) until they realize they are being played….but by whom?
Scripting and Direction:
The script is average, good even. The humor is well written, but misplaced sometimes. A collaboration between Milan Luthria, Emraan Hashmi and Ajay Devgn should’ve created an excellent sequel to Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, but the audience is disappointed by the average direction. The flashbacks are unnecessary. They also interrupt the climax, which could have saved it yet again. The execution is mainly to blame here. Perhaps, with improvements there, the film could’ve been a good watch against Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. However, to its credit it does have the masala that a paisa vasool audience wants, with filmy dialogues and an unexpected twist at every turn.
Ajay Devgn (Bhavani) does not fulfill expectations. He seems to rely too heavily on filmy dialogues. Emraan Hashmi (Dalia) shines through here. He disproves people who think he relies too much on vulgarity and entertains us throughout. Esha Gupta (Sanjana), though gorgeous, does not fall through very well with the portrayal of the charming and uncaring gang member. Sanjay Mishra (Tikla) brings with him his trademark expertise and melts into his character effortlessly. Vidyut Jammwal (Officer Seher) is ordinary in his hardcore police avatar. Illeana D’Cruz (Gitanjali Devi) does not disappoint as the courageous and daring queen, and has us rooting for her, against all odds.
The songs are by Tanishk Bagchi and Ankit Tiwari and much before its release, with Rashke Qamar’s popularity, it had us waiting for the rest of them. Piya More is beautifully composed and shot and holds the audience’s attention. Socha Hai and Mere Rashke Qamar are remixes of the 1975 versions from Deewar. The songs sung by Rahat and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Jubin Nautiyal, Neeti Mohan and Mika Singh are interesting, but fail to overshadow Mere Rashke Qamar, which has been ruling the charts since weeks.
All in all, it is a film that will fill your hours and prevent boredom.