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Baaghi 2 Movie Review

Cast: Tiger Shroff | Disha Patani | Sajid Nadiadwala

Director: Ahmed Khan

Ample Magazine: 6.1

IMBD Rating

Baaghi 2 – A battle-hardened army officer goes in search of his ex-lovers child who is mysteriously kidnapped. Neha reaches out to the only person who can help her with her plight, Ronnie. He goes deep into the underbelly of Goa, facing off against drug lords, menacing Russian henchmen, and bloodthirsty animals. Daring stunts, chase sequences, air strikes, bomb blasts and other large-scale action sequences will be done with a bonafide, larger than life approach, truly making it a spectacle. Baaghi 2 is an action film produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Ahmed Khan. A Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment production, presented by Fox Star Studios, the movie stars Tiger Shroff & Disha Patani in lead role. The movie is set to release on 30th March 2018.

I can make my peace with Tiger Shroff packing a few punches against fictitious bad guys and grooving to popular songs that one will probably forget even before they end. It has nothing to do with my tolerance levels and a lot to do with recognizing someone’s core talent. In Tiger Shroff’s case, I’d rather see him in a film where I know he’s playing to his strengths.

Baaghi 2 follows the story of “one-man army” Ronnie, who is a tough army officer fighting against the evils of society. What makes this run-of-the-mill plot seem interesting is the stoicism with which Tiger approaches his role. Going by the trailer of the film, it is more than apparent that the director of the film Ahmed Khan doesn’t believe in wasting his audience’s time (he has, after all, been a director, choreographer and an actor). With stellar actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda and (yes this is debatable, but we’ll save it for another day) Prateik Babbar sharing screen space with Tiger, and a buzz-worthy pairing with Disha Patani, Ahmed seems to be aware of the positioning of the film.

The film begins with a brutal attack on Neha (Disha Patani), by two masked men. Meanwhile, we learn of the existence of Ranveer Pratap Singh aka Ronnie (Tiger), who is a special-ops Army officer in Kashmir. Much effort is put into establishing him as a hardcore Army man, who is brave, fit and uber-macho. As a bonus they add in a scene where Ronnie beats up terrorists, establishing his nationalism. The film’s plot picks up steam when Neha calls Ronnie for help after her attack. Her daughter’s been kidnapped in the assault, and she needs his help.

We are then thrown into a rather childish flashback about how Ronnie and Neha met in college. With the requisite meet-cute songs and cliche dialogues we’re given the back story of the two leads; it’s everything you imagine it to be (think Kuch Kuch Hota Hai meets every Tiger Shroff film ever). I’m surprised to note that Tiger has learned how to emote, at least as compared to Disha, who barely manages to express fear, when she needs to play the damsel in distress part. Needless to say, the film does better in its taut action sequences. Director Ahmed Khan teases us with only glimpses of those in the beginning, with two hummable but forgettable songs packed into the first 20 minutes.

The action sequences, once they begin, are like a whole other film. Full of swag and agenda, they set the tone of the film. No matter when and how he is beating up people (or getting beat up), Ronnie makes sure to spot an Indian flag and save it from being roughed up. He’s a true patriot, and the film takes every chance they get to hammer home the point.

And because one antagonist isn’t enough for our hero here, Baaghi 2 places two hurdles in Ronnie’s path to finding Neha’s daughter. Manoj Bajpayee, who plays the DIG and Prateik Babbar, who plays Sunny, Neha’s husband’s brother. Babbar plays a caricature of a drug addict: loud, dramatic and pierced, with a Metallica t-shirt and guns in tow. In spite of their talent, lack of direction from Ahmed Khan has resulted in both actors hamming quite a bit.

This is the first impression of Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani’s Baaghi 2. Stay tuned as we send out regular opinionated-updates on the film — first day, first show.

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