Everybody knows by now that Badlapur is a revenge thriller and it’s meant to be dark, twisted, psychotic and wicked, but amidst all that, a strange metamorphosis takes place and leaves you stumped after the climax. (Ya, but only if you get the symbolism)
Raghu (Varun Dhawan) loses his wife Misha (Yami Gautam) and son during a bank robbery. Misha’s only mistake was that she was present at the wrong place and at the wrong time.
One of the bank robber Harman (Vinay Pathak) escapes with the money, but the murderer Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) gets caught and is convicted for the next 20 years.
But that one incident changed Raghu completely and loneliness struck along with the greed for revenge. The film follows Raghu and Liak for 15 years, what happens after 15 years-does Raghu seek his revenge-what happens to Harman, all the possible questions get answered step by step, leaving you with a nerve-wracking climax.
We hardly get to see dark thrillers in Bollywood and rightly so, such films don’t earn enough money and producers end up losing their bit. But thankfully Badlapur changes that perception. First of all Dinesh Vijan deserves a round of applause for backing this film. It takes a lot to do that, keeping our producers in mind.
Secondly, Sriram Raghavan’s a maestro!
He’s the man behind cults like ‘Ek Hasina Thi’ and ‘Johnny Gaddar,’ and even ‘Agent Vinod,’ which was possibly his weakest. But his comeback film ‘Badlapur’ breaks all those perceptions about Bollywood films being clichéd, lame and baseless.
Raghavan, along with his co-writer Arijit Biswas creates something so stunning that you wish to talk about the minute details over and over again. Yes, the story’s simple-we know who’re involved and where it’s possibly going to go, but there are such unique moments in the film where you’re sitting and wondering, wasn’t this supposed to be serious? What’s wrong with me, why am I smiling at what this evil murderer did or said? The screenplay flows in the first half, but to be honest, yes, the second half is a bit bumpy-no denying. A lot of things could’ve been crisper and steadier, but perfection is something that doesn’t exist.
Raghavan makes up for it with the staggering climax. All in all, Raghavan’s given us this year’s best till now. And yes, he’s made Varun Dhawan act-Double applause.
Talking about the cinematography and editing, I would just say sensational.
Sex scenes always tend to raise eyebrows in our country, but they’ve been captured so beautifully in the film that not even for a moment do they seem to titillate the audience and grab attention. They show tiny bits-they cheat, but the message is conveyed with full conviction. This film is close to a masterpiece because of its technical wonders, including the spectacular background score. For a dark/thriller film to work, you NEED a strong scorer and voila, Badlapur’s bang on. The music is already winning people over, but what I loved was that they’ve used bits of the brilliant compositions in between, without spoiling the moments.
Mukesh Chhabra’s another hidden maestro of Badlapur, as he once again outdoes himself by bringing together effortless yet compelling performers. Justice-fully carved characters, right from Pratima Kazmi, as Liak’s mother to Ashwini Kalsekar, as the detective and Kumud Mishra, as the police officer-all of them play their bits to perfection.
Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak and the extraordinary Radhika Apte are such accomplished performers that even when they blink or give their cues, they’re as sorted as they are when they’re giving an entire shot. Yami Gautam didn’t have much to do, but she was really likeable. Huma Qureshi doesn’t need compliments anymore. She’s always miraculous, especially when she’s cast opposite Nawazuddin. Varun Dhawan deserves all the acknowledgment in the world for finally showing his acting skills. YES, THIS GUY CAN ACT!
His homework was visible, his hard-work was visible and most of all, his passion to be a part of brilliant cinema was visible. Varun’s a mature actor now, he knows his job finally. Though there were a few misses, but I don’t blame him for that. His voice was a problem. Sometimes, just because of his boyish voice, the impact of some hard-hitting and ill-lit dialogues couldn’t be felt. Nevertheless, he was just about there. A bright future ahead!
Saved the best for the last.
Though Varun’s the hero of the film, though he’s supposed to be the eye candy-who manages to steal the show? No surprises. The legend (Yes, he’s legendary) Nawazuddin Siddique. He’s an institution for actors and I say that with full conviction and confidence.
He’s such a master that whenever you watch him on screen, even if he’s playing a thug/murderer, he’ll bring out something new to his character every single time. This time too, Liak’s crazy, heinous, romantic, witty and softhearted at the same time. Only a Nawazuddin Siddique can understand such complexities and that too, with such ease. A Nawaz show right from the word go. Not to forget, he brings out a lot of humour too.
Revenge may not always be the answer. Revenge may not always lead you to something good. It holds the power to change emotions, change people-from good to bad and bad to good.
Watch Badlapur at any cost.