Banners: Nadiadwala Grandson
Entertainment, Fox Star Studios
Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
Director: Ahmed Khan
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj
Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Prateik
Babbar, Deepak Dobriyal, Darshan
Kumar, Vipin Sharma,
Writers: Adivi Sesh, Sajid Nadiadwala
Music: Mithoon, Arko Pravo
Mukherjee, Sandeep Shirodkar,
Gourov-Roshin, Pranaay Rija
The story of Baaghi 2 has been adapted by Sajid Nadiadwala from Adivi Sesh’s 2016 Telugu movie Kshanam. The original story is a mystery thriller, which, in its Hindi avatar, sticks to Sesh’s basic storyline, except that to sync with Tiger Shroff’s action image, the main character’s profession has been changed from that of an investment banker to an army man.
Nadiadwala’s production house is known for making commercial movies, and with his latest offering he’s done the same. What you expect from his movies is paisa-vasool, dhamaal entertainment and Baaghi 2 delivers. From the word ‘go’, this film is entertainment, entertainment, entertainment.
The movie revolves around Ranveer Pratap Singh aka Ronnie (Tiger Shroff) and Neha (Disha Patani). They meet in college and fall in love. As in all love stories in Hindi cinema, Neha’s father (Vipin Sharma) is opposed to the relationship. But the young lovers are unperturbed and Neha decides that she wants to get married to Ronnie. But things don’t go as planned and Neha is forced to leave Ronnie.
Four years later, Neha calls Ronnie and asks him to help her find her four-year-old daughter Ria, who’s been kidnapped. What follows forms the crux of the film.
As mentioned in the beginning, the film has everything, from storyline to dialogue, scenic locations, songs, drama and, last but not least, action. It has everything to entertain the classes as well as the masses.
If the writers have done their job on paper, director Ahmed Khan has definitely made fans of Tiger Shroff very happy. The movie is a hardcore action fest, with choreographed fights and over-the-top stunt sequences. The story has its heart in the right place. Khan has handled most of the scenes with aplomb and he deserves a pat on the back for making a hardcore masala film with entertaining elements thrown in everywhere.
The cinematography is of high standard. Although the film is a little longer than it should have been, it has so many elements that you don’t mind the duration. Background music is another asset. Needless to add, the action scenes are the USP of the film.
The music of Baaghi 2 is pleasant and some of the songs are memorable, especially Lo safar, a soothing melody. The rehashed version of Madhuri Dixit’s Ek do teen is a disappointment. Jacqueline Fernandez’s dance looks more like a zumba video shot at a bar!
Performance-wise, Tiger Shroff is perfect in every action sequence and the dance department, which is expected of him. But he does surprise us with his acting. He is able to handle the emotional scenes but still has a long way to go. Disha Patani is good in the romantic scenes but falters in the dramatic sequences.
Baaghi 2 boasts some very good actors in supporting roles. Manoj Bajpayee has his moments, and delivers a decent performance. Randeep Hooda is good but his character seems to have a Captain Jack Sparrow hangover, especially his look. Prateik Babbar and Darshan Kumar are okay. Vipin Sharma is decent. But the actor who delivers a measured performance is Deepak Dobriyal. He makes his presence felt in every scene that he is in. Others lend adequate support.