Baadshaho - External Reviews

wogma rating: Even the keen, wait for DVD (?)
quick review:

Delivers a story with lots of style - in the first half. Alas, you come to expect what happens in the last hour and lose the thrill along the way.

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30 reviewers have given Baadshaho an average rating of 1.4/5.0 (?)

4 yays
17 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...“Baadshaho”… A dreary heist thriller that can’t even be bothered to stage some decent action ... full review

Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...Just why the film industry tolerates the likes of Gupta and D’Cruz is a subject worthy of a thesis. Or just why we, the audiences, are expected to tolerate a film so steeped in self-congratulations that it can’t see how ridiculous it looks as four mercenaries played by Devgan, Hashmi, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra, set off to rescue the aforementioned Rani’s gold collection from the Government. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, BAADSHAHO is a nice package of great dialogues, amazing visuals, efficient direction, superlative performances, exciting action and tension-filled drama. At the box office, the film is bound to grow over the weekend and it will also benefit on weekdays due to post-Eid celebrations. If you are a fan of thriller, action and masala movies, you shouldn’t miss this one. ... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurang Chauhan, Bollywood Life ...Overall, the film is an opportunity lost, despite Ajay Devgn’s aura, Emraan Hashmi’s charisma and Ileana D’Cruz’s great performance, it’s a botched up job at best. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...In totality, Baadshaho could have been a far much better film, but the execution should be blamed. Watch it if you won’t get tickets of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan since it is a must-watch family entertainer and it will surely run house-packed over the weekend. ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini ...Badhshaho doesn’t offer any excitement of any kind to the audience. It is fast paced but it’s the kind of speed you experience in a moving car- by the time you spot something interesting its gone already. Avoid. ... full review

Thumbs down by Dev Raj Gulati, Desi Martini ...Performances are average.None of the compositions are engaging.Sunny Leone goes through her item number in much the way we have seen her do.... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...Go watch if you love a ride with twist turns and uncontrollable speed. ... full review

So-So by Aashish , Desi Martini ...The film also has a surprise element and it’s the evergreen Sanjay Mishra who is the highlight of the film. The scenes between Sanjay Mishra and Emraan Hashmi are fun to watch and the only thing consistently good about the film is the comedy. The film could have been better but the story seems to be incomplete with many loose ends and under defined characters. ... full review

So-So by NAYANDEEP RAKSHIT, DNA ...Unless you are a huge Ajay Devgn fan, you can skip this one. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Baadshaho is the classic entertainer premise that had all the potential to be a rollicking adventure.... full review

Thumbs down by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, FirstPost ...The screenplay of Baadshaho is unduly non-linear and includes indulgent scenes like one of police torture. Baadshaho's finale unfolds in a sandstorm and is the one scene that is visually arresting, though the story loses itself somewhere within the vortex. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Milan Luthria’s helming is standard issue and totally unbecoming. There’s really nothing here to catch your interest. Technically speaking there’s nothing distinctive about this product other than the low-key background score employed here. ... full review

Thumbs down by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Production values are first rate and technically a much superior product, BAADSHAHO is deftly captured by Sunita Radia's lens. On the music front 'Mere Rashke Qamar' sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is the pick of the lot. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Baadshaho has too many ordinarily written characters jostling for whistle-worthy one-liners for 136-minutes. Eventually they run short of the steam and Baadshaho becomes a rehashed ‘90s story with some gloss and a lot of disappointment. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sushant Mehta, india today ...The second half of the film and especially the climax is indescribable there is a silly twist in the tale at the half way mark but everything about this film is totally dated. The action sequences take you back to the 70's, not because the heist is set in the backdrop of the 1975 emergency but because the technology used to create these scenes is now extinct.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Conclusion: Baadshaho delivers on its promises of being a thrilling heist film and it is entertaining for the majority of its duration. There are flaws like loopholes, overdrawn action scenes, inconsistent detailing but they’re merely technical. If you’re willing to suspend your disbelief and if you want to enjoy a badass Bollywood film with whistle worthy dialogues then you can’t go wrong with Baadshaho this week. Give it a watch and you might be pleasantly surprised. ... full review

So-So by Satish Sundaresan , koimoi ...Considering that the film has been marketed as an ‘Ajay Devgn- Emraan Hashmi’ starrer (the duo whose camaraderie meant fireworks on the silver screen), Baadshaho will have viewers watching it purely for the same, with an expectations of being treated with the duo’s one liners. The film, which is expected to do good business during the weekend because of the aforementioned factors, will really have to prove itself in the acid test during the week which follows. ... full review

So-So by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Baadshaho may not be a smart film, but it’s a reasonably savvy daft one, inventive enough to revisit a key event from multiple perspectives and silly enough to have Mishra pick a safe in horse blinkers. You don’t go in expecting much of a film that promises Sunny Leone bathing in a barrel. You don’t receive much either, but you’re grateful for the scraps. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sonil Dedhia, MiD DAY ...Far from an exciting film that would have me glued to my seat, this one made me look for the nearest exit to run. Instead of Baadshaho, one could well call it 'Bhaag jao'. ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...This is not to say that the film fails in the ‘masala’ department… but while it has loads of it, Baadshaho is never going to be Bollywood’s answer to The Italian Job or Ocean’s Eleven.... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...In a scene, a locksmith stares down the blouse of his female jailmate and excitedly chirps, "Raasta mil gaya!" If you've figured what he meant, this film will speak to you. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...One is sure that there will be takers for this piece of cinematic tripe, but the audience deserves better. There can be no two ways about that. ... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...This is such a blatant attempt at wanting a sequel you facepalm rather loudly and wish Sunny Leone would show up again and dance in a giant barrel of water so you feel you did not spend the ticket money in vain.... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Things get truly down and dirty towards the end. Which is to say the concluding 20 minutes of Baadshaho are so hazy and dusty, I found myself mentally vacuum cleaning the screen. ... full review

Thumbs down Sify Movies ...It is hard to believe that Milan Luthria who once upon a time gave us Kachche Dhaage and The Dirty Picture and the immortal songs of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan would here be reduced to reviving his comatose career with a gold-rescue plan that is harebrained and untenable. And the songs are so forgettable you wonder which would be obliterated from our minds first. The songs or the film? ... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Ajay burns the screen with his searing intensity; Ileana passes muster as the Maharani with hidden facets; Emraan's takeaway is that he gets to shimmy with Sunny Leone and Vidyut gets an `interesting' introduction. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...Baadshaho has to be one of the dullest heist films ever made. Some incredibly lazy writing and even more lazier execution prove to be the death knell for this film whose premise was never too exciting to begin with.... full review

Thumbs down by Rummana, yahoo! India ...The thing is there doesn’t seem to be a single tangible plot point that seems to make sense in the entire scheme of things. The protagonist’s manipulations seem contrived and superfluous. And despite, the dialoguebaazi and the Bollywood masala, the end product is bland and completely forgettable. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...In one word, 'Baadshaho' is Thrilling. The masala potboiler awaits you! Watch it. ... full review