Baadshaho (2017)

Baadshaho is the fictional action thriller directed by promising director Milan Lutharia reuniting the duo of Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi from Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010). And for the same reason expectations from this film are bit higher.

This period drama is inspired by real-life events during the Emergency and revolves around the armored truck full of gold. The story starts with young Rajput queen Rani Gitanjali Devi (Ileana D’Cruz) stands against the one who could impose emergency on the country. As the result of this enmity, the government takes charge of her royal gold treasure and locks her behind bars, which is then to be transported to Delhi in a truck no less than a battalion under the protection of army officer Seher Singh (Vidyut Jamwal). Then trustworthy loyal Bhawani (Ajay Devgan), who is Queen’s personal security in-charge and a lover set out on a heist to regain her gold treasure and royalty. In this heist, Bhawani takes help of a quirky all-rounder Dalia (Emraan Hashmi), all time drunk lock picker Tikla (Sanjay Mishra), and Queen’s loyal friend Sanjana (Esha Gupta). The story takes us to the ride of these mysterious characters whose loyalties remain unknown till the end with twists and turns in both characters and plots.

Ajay Dengan’s portrayal of angry action hero is intense and justifiable but seems familiar. Emraan Hashmi’s quirky dialogues and Sanjay Mishra’s accurate comic timing brings feel to some moments. The duo of Ileana and Esha are good maintaining their retro look as they did it in Rustom (2016) with just OK performances. Vidyut Jamwal tries to add some nicely done stunts and action sequences to the story; even his retro army officer look gives weight to the screen.

Even after having such a diverse and excellent star-cast this movie lacks some fundamental things like weaker script and its execution which offers zero novelty. On the ride of this, we get action, thrill, and romance but its central characters just feel shallow. It lacks the much needed high-octane climax. Characters are more defined by their dialogues than by their appearance/deeds. For such kind of heist-centric movie, not only characters and action but also precise moves are important.

Verdict : A good watch for action junkies if you can overlook some glitches here and there.

Rating : 2.5/5

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