Badlapur | Movie Review 20 Feb 2015   1108


Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Divya Dutta, Radhika Apte, Yami Gautam, Kumud Mishra, Vinay Pathak
Direction: Sriram Raghavan
Genre: Crime
Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes

BADLAPUR, which is reportedly based on a true story, sees Sriram Raghavan and Arijit Biswas write a wonderful screenplay. Sriram Raghavan navigates the film in a nonlinear format, thus, keeping you guessing at many a juncture.

The biggest highlight of the film is the incredible tussle between two powerful actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan.

Misha (Yaami Gautam) and her son Robin are killed by a bank robber Laik (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Misha’s cheerful husband Raghu (Varun Dhawan) is devastated and shattered. He tries every possible means to get even with Laik, including forced sex with Laik’s prostitute girlfriend Jhimli (Huma Qureshi) to humiliate him. Laik is sentenced to twenty years prison term where he makes several unsuccessful jail-break-attempts. Fifteen years later, Raghu ‘facilitates’ Laik’s premature exit from the jail. The twists-in-the-plot continues, ensuring a roller coaster thrilling ride.

Nawazuddin Siddiui has performed at his best. Has played a deceptive character with a distinct body language that makes him look weak but he has overpowered everyone in the film by his acting. Varun Dhawan is a very ambitious actor and his manic energy does full justice to this ambition in BADLAPUR. His transformation from an impressionable teenager and a caring husband to an eerily quiet middle aged lonely-disgruntled-man is simply legendary, to say the least. He gives you an ample display of class as an actor. Yaami Gautam and Huma Qureshi have small roles, which they portray competently. Radhika Apte and Vinay Pathak impress in their cameos.

Badlapur is just like a movie with an ordinary script but exceptionally talented actors. Acting of Nawazuddin and Varun is a must watch. Quite a well-directed movie, but could have been much much better had there been some punch in storyline.

A one-time watch movie

Critics Review

Times of India (TOI):

Badlapur is a gobsmacking movie that suffuses on screen – a deftly written story, spectacular performances and an intelligently layered screenplay. What works best here is the film’s unpredictability. From the minute it begins, you’re latched to your seat with your heart throbbing in your mouth and your throat frequently choking up. For the sheer impact the movie conjures up, writer-director Sriram Raghavan deserves a bow!
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Bollywood Hungama:

Director Sriram Raghavan strikes the hammer of genius with BADLAPUR for he buys your eyes and makes you stay glued to the screen right till the end. The biggest highlight of the film is the incredible tussle between two powerful actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan unexpectedly conjoined by the quirky screenplay-labyrinth. The makers have aptly labeled this film as a ‘Twisted Entertainer’. Yes, the film is dark, gory and violent, but, at the same time, it’s also cerebrally stimulating and entertaining.
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Let the right one sin. Right, of course, depends entirely on where we’re standing. Is this character in the right, or is he merely stage-right? Or should we be standing here instead, where we can see what he’s holding behind his back, an anniversary present or a bloodied knife?
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Average Bollywood revenge dramas thrive on predictability. They rarely, if ever, tamper with the bad guy-good guy construct. Badlapur is an exception. Sriram Raghavan’s neo-noir crime thriller is about vengeance and forgiveness all right, but one thing that the film isn’t is conventional. Not everything that Badlapur comes up with clicks into place without a problem. There are several elements in it hat stick out of the frame rather awkwardly. But overall the film packs quite a punch.
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Welcome to Sriram Raghavan’s BADLAPUR, where script is king and performances are the icing on the cake. Very quickly Raghavan pulls you into the vortex of the drama being enacted on screen. A bold bank robbery goes horribly wrong where Misha (Yami Gautam) and her six-year-old son are killed. The son falls out of a speeding SUV and Misha is shot at when she goes hysterical battling with the goons Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Harman (Vinay Pathak).
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Indian Express:

How cold does it have to be for revenge to be served sizzling hot? ‘Badlapur’, Sriram Raghavan’s latest, is a mixed bag of a movie: it has a cracking set-up, a middle with the occasional unsettling prod, and an end which fizzles. A bank heist goes horrifyingly wrong, resulting in the death of innocents. One robber gets away, the other (Nawazudin Siddiqui) is caught and incarcerated.
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