Baaghi cannot be called a romantic action drama. It is merely action without reason drama. Tiger Shroff made his Bollywood debut with Sabbir Khan’s Heropanti opposite Kriti Sanon. Tiger’s debut film was loved by the masses for the actors killer action moves and his hot bod. Jr Shroff has teamed up with the filmmaker for the second time for Baaghi which also stars Shraddha Kapoor. The expectations from this action thriller a high since the trailer of the film was kickass? So, does the film live up to it? Our critic Sreeju Sudhakaran is watching the film at a theatre right now and has sent us his first impression of the film.
The first half of the movie has realistic episodes and action sequences that entertain the audience however the complete plot of the movie has been faked out. The makers have concentrated much on action episodes which make the film a huge let down. The dose of action sequences irritate the audience and the complete first half makes it to a decent one time watch with not many flaws throughout. Shraddha Kapoor has been extremely glamorous throughout the film. It is the entire second half that makes the huge difference. The second half has some interesting episodes but the screenplay of the movie is a huge let down. The major plot has been deviated and it has been completely predictable. Baaghi has been completely focussed to showcase Tiger Shroff and elevate his performance throughout. The climax has a huge dose of action which makes the entire movie fall flat.
Baaghi is a movie that will not make much impact at the box-office because of the predictable content and the huge dose of action. The performance by the lead actors tops the show.
It is the money shot of the film. Whenever we see Tiger doing something that involves his hands, legs, torso, head, all moving in perfect sync, scything up, slashing down, revolving on the balls of his feet, we are watching: it is a pleasure to see this young actor move, no jerk, all flow. When he is in action, that is. When he is ‘acting’, he is still clearly a novice.
But he makes up for that lack by being likeable, even when he is being forced to act like a rebel just so he can justify the film’s title, in the first half of the film. Ronny (Tiger Shroff) shows up at a ‘kalari’ (a Kerala martial arts school which teaches the ancient art of ‘kalaripayattu’) in order to hone his rough edges. The process of transformation– from aimless ‘baaghi’ to a rebel with a cause– is familiar from many similar films, but there’s enough to keep us engaged through the interactions with a ramrod straight `guru’, who puts the young fellow through his paces.
Post interval, there’s a sharp slide. The action moves from picturesque Kerala to seamy Bangkok, where the film’s borrowings (apparently it is based on an Indonesian actioner, as well as a Telugu film) starts weighing heavily upon it. The bad guy, played by Telugu star Sudheer Babu, is also a martial arts champion, and has an eye on Sia (Shradhha), the girl that Ronny likes. He has an army of goons, all of whom are pointed at Ronny, and let loose.