Movie Review: Baadshaho

RATING: 2.5/5

OVERVIEW: Baadshaho is a Bollywood period heist action thriller film, directed by Milan Luthria. The movie stars Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra in the lead roles. Baadshaho is set in contemporary times, with oodles of laughter.

Jaipur Princess Gitanjali (Gitanjali) is arrested by the government and thrown into jail for withholding gold without declaration. The seized gold has been transferred via road to Delhi in a truck with officer Singh(Vidyut Jammal), things becomes more complicated, once Bhawani Singh (Ajay Devgn) joins with other badasses to stop the treasure from being taken away.

REVIEW: Geetanjali’s confidant and lover Bhawani (Ajay Devgn) is determined to hijack the truck full of gold on its way to Delhi. Dalia (Emraan Hashmi), Guruji (Sanjai Mishra) and Sanjana (Esha Gupta) are part of his team. But there is a mole among them who might change the game.

It’s an old-fashioned story set in an era when the royals were concerned about the fate of their private banks. There are mentions of Sholay and Thakur in case you still don’t get the era right.

Rajat Arora’s dialogues set the mood initially. Bhawani arrives announcing, “Zubaan aur jaan ek hi baar di jaa sake hai, aaj se dono thaare.” You’re slightly intrigued. Baadshaho could be another whistle-worthy ‘paisa vasool’ entertainer like Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.Emraan Hashmi appears to be giggling out of sheer disbelief whereas Esha Gupta’s only utility is the wire in her ‘videshi’ bra.Vidyut Jamwal’s pompadour-haired glee in playing an armyman who likes to play war-war for thrills and offer carrom and card game analogies is to be seen to be believed.

Ileana D’Cruz with her Veronica Lake hair and pricey princess pose asserts the unwavering, impeccable vanity of the Hindi film heroine whether she’s in a palace or prison.There’s also a lecherous Sanjay Gandhi clone, rechristened Sanjeev to avoid legal bother, lurking in the picture to remind this baloney is set in the 1970s around the time of then prime minister Indira Gandhi declaring a state of Emergency, resulting in Jaipur’s Maharani Gayatri Devi doing time in Tihar jail.

In its runtime of 136 minutes, the film feels longer than it should. The ending is so simplistic, it’s almost laughable. It is a case of how a good ol’ masala entertainer, which otherwise could have been an enjoyable affair thanks to its action sequences and some seeti maar dialogues, has gone wrong – once again, reiterating the importance of sharp writing in a thriller.

Final Verdict of the film is Baadshaho has too many ordinarily written characters jostling for whistle-worthy one-liners for 136-minutes. Eventually they run short of the steam and Baadshaho becomes a rehashed ‘90s story with some gloss and a lot of disappointment.