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Posted at: Mar 30, 2018, 6:56 PM; last updated: Mar 30, 2018, 6:56 PM (IST)MOVIE REVIEW: BAAGHI 2

Action that doesn’t evoke much reaction


Film: Baaghi 2

  • Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Prateik Babbar, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal
  • Director: Ahmed Khan
Action that doesn’t evoke much reaction
A still from Baaghi 2

Nonika Singh

In a way Baaghi 2 is a travesty of Bollywood; a film in which gifted actors are maxed out to play second fiddle, a storyline that is so incredulous that it stretches all limits of irrationality. But then if you were expecting better, perhaps you were marooned in an island. Didn’t its prequel Baaghi tell you that Tiger Shroff is best known for his chiseled body and gravity defying action stunts? And he delivers on the dotted line on both counts here too. Better than ever rugged and muscular we bet the stubble so becomes him.

An unstoppable force, especially in the second half, he goes around like a man possessed and gets all his moves right.  A loaded and reloaded killing machine…soon we lose count of the number of people he eliminates. If he is a one-man army, his bête noire army is ceaseless too. Men appear, fall down and appear again with arithmetic progression.  

Now for the moot question, who is his enemy? Well, the scene is pretty crowded for sure. There are far too many to choose from… Prateik Babbar, Darshan Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee and then there is LSD (Randeep Hooda).  Only an actor of Hooda’s calibre can make such a silly characterisation work. So, don’t go wracking your brains how an ACP can be allowed to not only roam around sans uniform but dressed like a maverick from a freak show.

But then Baaghi 2 is all about; don’t ask questions and you will hear no lies. Truth or semblance of it is furthest away from this film whose sole purpose is to showcase Tiger, with or without his shirt. Call him Desi Rambo or the new inheritor of action hero title...once again he proves himself with aplomb and élan. Rest of the film is quite simply Dimagi mein dahi. Bajpayee as DIG Shergill might profess Kuch ladayaian dimaag se bhi ladi jaati hai…clearly films can be made without application  of mind or thought. Yes, much attention has been paid to casting as heavyweight actors jostle for space and their pound of flesh. Surprisingly for a film peopled with far too many male actors (lest we forget there is Deepak Dobiryal too), Disha Patani gets a reasonably meaty part in the first half that is. That she makes little of it is another story. 

Ha, ha did we say story...only don’t go around looking for any logic in it. In the first half, director Ahmed Khan tries to play cat and mouse around the kidnapping of a three-year-old girl. Does she exist, is she a figment of imagination? But he gets tired of the guessing games as fast as we do and by intermission the game is up. Thus begins the real raison d'être of the film; action, action and more action. If you like your films action heavy, topped with a beefy actor executing them... enjoy. 

Else take a break this Friday. Ek do teen chaar paanch che... next Friday isn’t too far. Even Jacqueline Fernandez’ re-jig of Madhuri Dixit’s immortal dance number Ek do teen doesn’t make it worth the while. 

Sole reason, if you must, for watching the film is Tiger who is getting more and more earnest as he continues to pack a mean punch with endearing vulnerability writ on his face. Choose wisely next time…we could have advised if Baaghi wasn’t a super-hit. Can Baaghi 2’s run be stopped at the BO?  Now, that is the only question worth pondering in this action uninterrupted. 


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