Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Vidyut Jammwal, Sanjay Mishra
Director: Milan Luthria
‘Baadhshaho’ is a snooze fest. Despite supposedly high-octane action sequences and an ensemble cast, the film makes for a tedious watch.
A heist with the Indian Emergency as its backdrop sounds like an interesting premise. However, Milan Luthria’s flight of fantasy fails to take off. It has neither the backing of a coherent plot nor the brilliance of dialogues or performances that could have elevated this to a somewhat watchable level.
The only sequence that stays in memory – that one moment of skillful intrigue – comes right before the intermission. The rest is strictly soporific.
Ileana’s character has potential – a royal heiress in duress who strives to use her charm to survive in an essentially patriarchal society. Is her vulnerability her weakness or can she leverage it in a way that it becomes her biggest strength?
Unfortunately, Ileana usually has a linear approach to most of her characters; she just doesn’t have it in her to portray a character as textured and complex as this one.
For too long now Ajay Devgn has banked on his searing intensity to carry him through his serious roles. It may have worked wonders in Luthria’s ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’. This time it just falls flat. It feels repetitive.
Emraan Hashmi and Sanjay Mishra do their bit. Their comic timing is spot on but really there is little to laugh about during their tepid banter.
Vidyut Jammwal looks like a million bucks, but well, that’s about it from him!
The thing is there doesn’t seem to be a single tangible plot point that seems to make sense in the entire scheme of things. The protagonist’s manipulations seem contrived and superfluous. And despite, the dialoguebaazi and the Bollywood masala, the end product is bland and completely forgettable.
After having sat through the entire film, during which I was occasionally tempted to nap or play Candy Crush, I can’t think of a single reason to recommend it. Oh wait! There is actually a lifesaver thrown in – you can watch ‘Baadshaho’ to watch Sunny Leone gyrate to the racy ‘Piya More’.
You have been warned.