‘Baaghi’ is an action film all the way, with martial arts sequences. Ronnie (Tiger Shroff) and Siya (Shraddha Kapoor) meet on a train and fall in love. Raghav (Sudheer Babu) gets obsessed with Siya and impresses Siya’s father (played by Sunil Grover) with his ill-gotten billions and goes so far as to take Siya hostage to convince her to marry him. ‘Tiger Shroff’ excels. You can see the amount of effort that has gone into making the intricate action sequences come alive. They are choreographed to showcase what Tiger Shroff can do. And he delivers! As a dancer, Tiger has tremendous grace and lights up the screen with his energy. His dance moves were welcomed by the squeals of teen girls in the multiplex where I watched the film! The raw intensity Tiger exudes in the sequence when he rescues a kid from a gang that has abducted him or in the scene when he breaks down after cremating someone dear shows how much more he can deliver as an actor, with the right script and director. While his looks, easy charm and dialogue delivery are reminiscent of his father ‘Jackie Shroff’, in some scenes he reminds one of a young Sanjay Dutt is the post-Naam phase.
#ShraddhaKapoor plays a character quite similar to the one in ‘Ek Villain’, except this one is capable of neutralizing dreaded gangsters. Her smile, screen presence and the rain dance add a lot to the film. She has little else to do though. Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj, as Tiger Shroff’s guru impresses. This doesn’t seem like his debut at all.
The casting doesn’t always work though. Sudheer Babu (playing Raghav, the antagonist) is a competent actor but seems miscast here. He doesn’t appear anywhere as dangerous as he is made out to be. A lot more drama and euphoric moments could have made the film work even better. The interval could have been at the point where Tiger’s close-up appears after his passport is stamped. His return towards the end could also have been delayed and played up to enhance the drama. The director, Sabbir Khan, delivers, in his third film (his second consecutive film with Tiger Shroff). The cinematography by veteran Binod Pradhan is flawless. The background score goes well with the mood of the film, especially a haunting score that plays at key moments. Some of the songs have already caught on and will probably be more of a rage as the film holds its own at the box office.
There was some controversy over the similarity between ‘Baaghi’ and ‘The Raid: Redemption’ and the climax does seem inspired from that film, with Tiger Shroff battling goons on every floor to reach the top of a skyscraper so he can rescue his beloved trapped there. There have also been reports about the similarity with ‘Varsham’ because the producer Sajid Nadiadwala had the rights to remake it in Hindi. While there is a lot of similarity, the martial arts sequences and the rescue makes it different.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
A film like ‘Baaghi’ is a larger-than-life thriller and has to be evaluated in that context. There are some situations that may seem somewhat implausible but if you like the sub-genre of action films, vendetta films and martial arts films or if you like song and dance, this is the film you should watch this weekend! Tiger Shroff will keep you entertained!