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Badla Movie Review
Badla Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu Director: Sujoy Ghosh Rating: 3.5/5
If you are the sort that is attentive to details, Badla, as the film’s title suggests, is a revenge story wrapped in a whodunitA woman and man inside a hotel room are waiting for a blackmailer with a bag filled with 100,000 pounds. Suddenly, the woman is hit and loses consciousness. Next, she gets up to find her man drenched in a pool of blood with money all over him. At that very moment, someone knocks on the door. It is the police. She is arrested as a suspect for murder.
So, what exactly is her story? Who killed the man? Why was she in a hotel? Who blackmailed them? Who was she within a hotel room when she claims to love only her husband and daughter?
There are many questions, but only one truth. A truth that can save her from going behind the bars.
Welcome to the world of Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu) who is accused in a murder case, and her only hope is lawyer Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan). A man with a track record of winning every case in 40 years of his career. But there is a catch. He has only three hours to uncover the truth. Will, he able to find the real murderer?
That's the basic premise of Badla. A revenge drama that is set in a house in the United Kingdom and works in flashbacks.
Thriller is a genre that many Bollywood filmmakers ace, and Sujoy Ghosh is one of them. Coming from a director who gave Bollywood Kahaani (2014), Badla is high on drama, twists and turns. The two-hour revenge drama keeps you on the edge of the seat with every revelation knocking you off your feet.
An official remake of Spanish thriller An Invisible Guest, Badla stays largely faithful to the original with only a minor change - swapping the gender of the main characters.
Ghosh keeps the script tight and wastes no time in setting up the premise. He doesn't beat around the bush or lose time in exposition. He maintains the intensity of a taut screenplay. Keeping his thriller standing at two hours, the filmmaker makes every minute count in Badla with the audience guessing whodunnit.
Sharp editing, intense music score, and beautiful cinematography work wonder for the film. A strong narrative backed by good performances makes Ghosh's Badla a winner.
Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan try a little hard to recreate their magic with Badla. For those who have seen the 2016 courtroom drama Pink, getting to watch them in almost the same characters isn't too pleasing. However, the actors try their best.
Taapsee, otherwise a great talent, is reduced to a handful of expressions. However, Big B tries hard to keep the boat sailing with his gravitas.
It is Amrita Singh who is Ghosh's surprise package in Badla. The actress, who has returned to the big screen after two years, steals the show. Getting to see her play a meaty role is a breath of fresh air.
If you have already seen The Invisible Guest, there is only a little more that Ghosh is serving you with Badla. But if you are watching Badla as a standalone film without any reference to the original, it will entertain and surprise you.
Badla definitely deserves a watch for its surprise factor. Overall, Badla, is a watchable revenge story worthy of its name.
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