‘Baadshaho’ movie review by ‘Divya Solgama’


Yash Chopra’s ‘Waqt’ is considered as one of the first big multi-starrer film. This movie started the trend of big star cast multi-starrer which found its prime in the 70’s era with films like ‘Sholay’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Nagin’, ‘Jaani Dushman’, ‘Yaadon Ki Baarat’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Kabhie Kabhi’ and many more classic entertainers. The 80’s shifted its base to multi-starrer action films with Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Jeetendra in the majority of such films along with some biggies like ‘Karma’, ‘Tridev’, ‘Vidhaata’, ‘Gireftaar’, Kranti’ and others. The 90’s continued this trend, but with more of low-grade action entertainers with Mithun Chakroborty, Jackie Shroff and Dharmendra leading to the multiplex era where these multi-starrer films found its new base into comical films like ‘Golmaal’, ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Dhamaal’ type of films. In today’s times the term multi-starrer has changed to ensemble cast and that too for content driven films. Thus, when you have a film like ‘Baadshaho’ releasing which reunites Ajay Devgn with Emraan Hashmi along with one of India’s best action star Vidyut Jammwal and is being directed by an experienced director like Milan Luthria, the expectation level are at its peak. So, let’s find out whether ‘Baadshaho’ will manage to entertain, it’s targeted audience or might end up like one more big-budget project type of film which are made only to cash-in over its star presence.


‘Baadshaho’ is a story set in the mid 70’s era when our country was going through the emergency phase. A top politician Sanjeev (Priyanshu Chatterjee) decides to seek his revenge by recovering the hidden royal treasures of Gitanjali Devi (Ileana D’Cruz). Gitanjali is arrested and thus seeks help from her most loyal aid Bhawani (Ajay Devgn). The royal treasure is being shifted to New Delhi under the supervision of Army officer Seher Singh (Vidyut Jammwal). Bhawani decides to loot the royal treasure from the Indian army custody with the help of his friend Dalia (Emraan Hashmi), Tikla (Sanjay Mishra) and Gitanjali’s advisor Sanjana (Esha Gupta). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

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Screenplay & Technical Details:

The basic story line is simple and clearly visible from its trailer. It’s the treatment which makes this movie special, especially in the middle portions. The movie takes some time to come on, it’s right track. The moment film goes on its right track, it’s a non-stop entertainer with good action-drama and thrilling points at various intervals. The interval twist is fantastic along with the one in pre-climax part. There are some scenes such as Vidyut chasing Emraan, Ajay-Vidyut conversation, Ajay and his gang planning various ways to loot, the entire truck chase scene followed by Vidut’s backstory, Emraan saving Ajay and Sanjay leading to a visually enriching pre-climax part and more. These scenes manages to keep you engaged as well as entertained in the film. The dialogues by Rajat Arora are fiery and goes well with the flow of the film. On the flip side the styling of the film fails to go with its era and one can spot many minor cinematic liberties. Esha Gupta’s track is the weakest of all and fails to get registered. The biggest negative point of this movie is its horribly bad abrupt ending. There is a fantastic fight sequence which is going on and all of sudden the movie ends without any closure related to any of these characters. All they had to do was to show few more scenes displaying the after effects. Failing to which the movie, despite being a good entertainer leaves a terribly bad taste in your mouth. The cinematography is of top notch and goes perfectly with the flow of the film.

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The music of ‘Baadshaho’ is in the news due to its fantastic recreation of ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’. This song lifts up the entire mood of the film. ‘Piya More’ featuring Sunny Leone is entertaining. ‘Hoshiyaar Rehna’ has been brilliantly placed in the film. One did miss the omission of ‘Socha Hai’ in the second half. The background music is fantastic and keeps the mood of the film intact.

Director Milan Luthria comes up with a decent entertainer without going over the top like most of his contemporary directors have been doing. He delivers an out and out massey entertainer and that too in a stylish manner. The twist, characters, thrilling points, dramatic parts and story narration have been done in a decent manner. The conviction factor is highly visible, making you enjoy the screen happenings. One does wonder why the director ended his entertainer in such an abrupt and half-hearted manner. Climax for such films is very crucial, failing to which the audience feel cheated and disappointed.

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Ajay Devgn looks fiery with his slow but powerful dialogue delivery and cold anger in his eyes. Emraan Hashmi is entertaining and keeps the fun quotient intact. Vidyut Jammwal looks great and does his part with total grace. Ileana D’Cruz looks stunningly beautiful in every frame of the film. She shines out in her powerful character and displays a fine performance. Esha Gupta is wasted and fails to connect at any level. Sanjay Mishra, Sharad Kelkar and Denzil Smith lend great support. Priyanshu Chatterjee looked good but needed a stronger role.

Final Verdict:

So on an overall basis ‘Baadshaho’, is a royal action-packed drama which entertains you like how multi-starrer films used to in those golden times. It’s just that the realistic cinema lovers might find a bit difficult to enjoy this entertaining, which gets a bit diluted due to its terribly bad climax.
Rating – 3.5/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]