Why does a film with a new hero, who can reveal a beautifully muscled chest, and do such jaw-dropping stunts, not go for broke and create freshness all around? I enjoyed the first half, and yawned through the much-too-long-drawn second.
The makers of Baaghi - the writer and the director, two separate but obviously like-minded entities - seem to believe that it is perfectly all right to rebel against reason, logic and good sense. Without a credible screenplay to hold it together, this 140-minute action film can only heap endless misery on moviegoers who detest meaningless bone-crunching. Watching an irate but purposeless combatant single-handedly demolish all his adversaries from Kollam to Bangkok is excruciatingly monotonous.
Baaghi: A Rebel for Love is a mostly ridiculous film powered by the poetry of Tiger Shroff. Tiger is the Platonic idea of a Bollywood action hero. He romances and dances with utter conviction. His expressions wobble in dramatic scenes but his sincerity carries him through. And then there’s the action. Baaghi will best serve people who are interested in moves rather than movies.
Take a dramatic Bollywood love story and crash land it into an adrenaline-pumping fight movie, and you have Tiger Shroff’s second film, Baaghi. Its fight sequences aside, the only other thing worth watching in Baaghi are the exotic locales: From the backwaters in Kerala to the breathtaking beaches of Thailand’s Krabi. Sadly, you must still deal with gore, blood and mindless killings in this 133-minute film.
Most of Baaghi unfolds in flashback showing Tiger Shroff’s winning transformation from clumsy Po to bone-crunching machine. There’s no doubting the young man’s assured screen presence or dexterity as he swivels, spins, somersaults, springs, sprints, socks a jaw. The graceful balancing of his entire body weight on two fingers is particularly impressive. Tiger Shroff has got the goods of a solid action hero but it’s time to step out of the show reel space and shine under an actual script and a skilled hand.
BAAGHI is a typical masala entertainer which scores high on action and performances from the lead cast. With focus on entertainment, the film is, without a doubt, the best action film to come out of Bollywood in recent times. It has all the merits to hit the jackpot. At the box office, it will be lapped up by the masses on the account of its masala quotient. Highly recommended.
Packed into a frankly overlong 2 hours and 20 minutes, this flimsy plot makes room for way too many song situations squeezed between the impressive pow-wow scenes. The film is powered purely by the sheer energy and the tireless spirit of its leading man Tiger Shroff, who’s still raw when it comes to emoting but seizes your attention when he’s flaying his arms and legs about the screen. It’s certainly an improvement on Tiger’s debut film Heropanti, but script problems persist.