Badlapur - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

A well-made, well-performed revenge drama that makes you question your definitions of right and wrong, even if the story is unconvincing.



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36 reviewers have given Badlapur an average rating of 4.5/5.0 (?)

29 yays
0 nays
7 so-so

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So-So by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Badlapur then is inconsistent, often praiseworthy, too often not, occasionally even tacky – oh why wasn’t that aspiring-to-be-profound game of Scrabble scissored out?! The film raises some interesting questions about what vengeance does to those who seek it. It also boasts of many memorable scenes peopled with brilliant actors. The overall feeling though is one of a sporadically, episodically effective film that doesn’t quite add up.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Badlapur is not your usual run-of-the-mill revenge saga. Nothing in the film is black or white. There are shades of grey even in Varun Dhawan’s Raghu. Conversely, there is something likable about Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Liak. The film packs its share of twists and turns and culminates in a gritty climax. Strongly Recommended. And yes, don’t miss the beginning.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...In all, with a more fine-tuned second half taking care of the pace & flaws together surely would have turned it into a rare, path breaking masterpiece on the lines of EK HASEENA THI (2004) and JOHNY GADDAR (2007). Yet in the present avatar, BADLAPUR is a performance driven film led by Nawazuddin, Radhika and Varun, proving to be one of the better projects of the recent times that should ideally taste box office success to support the much desired change in Hindi Cinema.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, BADLAPUR offers you cinematic excellence with a rider that there's violence and gore, which may not be everyone's cup of bitter coffee. You shall be treated to truly unforgettable performances by Nawazuddin and Varun Dhawan. It is a film that will find patrons amidst the multiplex crowd. And yes, it is a film that will continue to live-on in the minds of cinema lovers for a long time to come.... full review

So-So by Vidula Menge, BookmyShow ...If you’re tired of seeing Varun Dhawan play the boy-next-door, Badlapur is a refreshing change. Watch it for Nawazuddin’s flawless performance. And yes, do not miss the beginning!... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...If you are planning to watch something that would give you your money’s worth this weekend, catch this well made, action-crime-saga.... full review

Thumbs up by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...But Badlapur, of course, is committed more to its hero, Varun Dhawan. Dhawan is great, especially when he has to hold a look, exude one basic emotion — rage, anger, grief, need for revenge. He’s especially good when women are around him — his scene with Huma Qureshi is rather impressive. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...As the film progresses the lines between the perpetrator and victim begin to fade. Sriram Raghavan turns the genre of revenge on its head. It’s as thrilling as it is introspective. There’s no good, bad or ugly. You see how ugly good can get, how bad can have some good too. No sides taken. Go figure.... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ... A taut thriller with superb performances from the cast, Badlapur is a must watch... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...The movie starts as a gripping crime-revenge-saga but ends limply on a strange note!... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...So much to like in it, that the flaws can be overlooked... full review

Thumbs up by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ... Ab ye Badlapur Ka Badla Kis Se Liya Jaaye? I am giving it 3 Stars for you know like the women in the film I make such BAD choices.... full review

Thumbs up by Blessen Joseph, Desi Martini ...BADLAPUR offers you cinematic excellence with a rider that there's violence and gore, which may not be everyone's cup of bitter coffee. You shall be treated to truly unforgettable performances by Nawazuddin and Varun Dhawan. It is a film that will find patrons amidst the multiplex crowd. And yes, it is a film that will continue to live-on in the minds of cinema lovers for a long time to come.... full review

So-So by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Badlapur has some solid moments, terrific performances and a riveting storyline Watch it if violence and revenge turn you on! ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...If it weren’t for the performances of the two lead actors and the great story by Massimo Carlotto, Badlapur would’ve been average fare. But it’s not. This is one heck of a thriller. The climax, that one final dialogue, where Huma Qureshi’s character lays it down for Varun’s character changes the entire context of the movie. These are moments that you’d usually associate with noir classics from Hollywood. Badlapur might just be our first little step towards making films that matter.... full review

Thumbs up by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost ...Much like the protagonist of this film, Badlapur renders a brutal wallop to everything going against it, and emerges as the first truly great movie of the year.... full review

Thumbs up by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...The first 10-odd minutes of Badlapur are beautifully-crafted. A simple, everyday street scene takes on terrifying proportions. Taut with tension, unpredictable and dramatic, it's a powerful opening sequence. It's also the prelude to a letdown because it turns out that's all Badlapur has: a superb beginning. Almost everything that follows is missable.... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...The minimalistic background score, earthy musical serenades and the rooted performances by Nawazuddin, Dhawan, Quereshi, Apte, Dutta and Pathak make the experience at least somewhat interesting. Also, Raghavan’s and co-scriptwriter Arijit Biswas’ efforts to stay away from the Bollywood norm of clichés and stereotypes is commendable. Unfortunately it’s not enough to make the experience entirely definitive, invigorating or exciting! Raghavan’s ‘Ek Hasina Thi’ and ‘Johnny Gaddar’ were definitely far greater efforts than this measly entertainer which might just be ranked a bar above his lackluster spy outing, ‘Agent Vinod!’... full review

Thumbs up Free Press Journal ...He does a fair job, but when he is up against Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who articulates a range of subtle emotions with great economy of means, he is hard-pressed to retain his consistency. Badlapur has a competent supporting cast although most of the actors are seen on the screen for an average of two-and-a-half scenes each. Huma Qureshi gets the meatiest of the secondary roles and, as always, makes the most of the opportunity.... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, ...Nawazuddin Siddiqui is terrific. Period. This movie belongs to him. You have to watch the movie to understand, if you do not already, just how superior an actor this man is. Kumud Mishra has some brilliant moments, too, as the police officer. Divya Dutta is understated, and Huma Qureshi does her bit with some sincerity. Yaami Gautam is hardly there, so she does not make much of an impact. Radhika Apte, on the other hand, is dynamite in her role as an unsuspecting wife. Vinay Pathak is underused.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...If you have the tensile strength to absorb gore, go for it.... full review

So-So by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...Badlapur is likely to disappoint Sriram Raghavan fans. The brilliant performances and gripping narrative, nonetheless, will keep you hooked. Watch it for Nawazuddin and Varun Dhawan, if nothing else. Certainly worth your time and money. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Despite all its strengths, 'Badlapur' isn't a perfect film. The pace slackens post-intermission, plot contrivances are many, and you might say the film is misogynistic in its treatment of women. These are relatively small problems in the larger picture, though. For the most part, the film keeps you on your toes, curious to see where its twists and turns will lead.... full review

Thumbs up by Anubhav Parsheera, india today ...All in all, Badlapur is a commendable movie which attempts to step outside the confines of conventional Bollywood fare, and succeeds in doing so to a certain extent. ... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Varun Dhawan has come a long way as an actor and Badlapur will always be remembered as a film that showcases his versatility. His performance is subtle and controlled through the first half and completely erupts in the second. It’s a brave effort on his part to essay such a challenging role so early in his career. If Varun impresses, the man who stands out in Badlapur is Nawazuddin Siddique. He delivers the performance of a lifetime, as if he were born to play Laik. From his appearance, to his accent to his mannerisms, he entertains you in every frame. It’s the battle between Varun and Nawaz that makes up for the slow pacing of the film. Badlapur works more for its performances than its unparalleled story. Yami Gautam and Huma Qureshi don’t get enough screen-time to showcase their talent, but they do well. Radhika Apte is impressive and Vinay Pathak is good too.... full review

Thumbs up by surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Badlapur is a brilliant direction from Sriram Raghavan whose film opens like novel and is full of twists. According to me, the film’s best element is Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui who own this film right from start. For the excellent performances by both the leads and a gritty dark tale... full review

Thumbs up by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Live Mint ...In a final act, we see how the roles are reversed and redemption comes from an unexpected quarter. Raghavan dramatically bookends the film in such a way that you are willing to overlook some of the script’s transitional follies... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...While the first half keeps you firmly in its grip, the second half starts meandering a little till it captures you back with an absolutely unforeseeable climax.... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Now this is what makes Badlapur special because director Sriram Raghavan turns the whole revenge saga upside down and comes up with a tale that engrosses you, thrills you and also asks you a lot of questions in its little over two hours play. For a film to work so consistently right through its duration and ensuring that you don't end up being distracted by your cell phone even once is a feat in itself, something which is difficult to achieve in today's impatient times.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum? Well, the movie has lots of dum for all those who love slow and dark thrillers with a good amount of hard hitting violence, power packed performances and the bold content attached to it. Though, it fails to end on the satisfactory note and had the full potential to surpass Shriram Raghavan's best work 'Jhonny Gaddar' and 'Ek Hasina Thi'. Many might find the movie too slow or bland for the genre, whereas few might find it too dark and bold as per the level of Indian films. Nevertheless, good cinema lovers will love to see 'Badlapur' for attempting something different, which also marks a mild evolution of our desi revenge drama type of films in our Hindi cinema.... full review

So-So by saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Badlapur has a strong supporting cast, with Huma Qureshi and Radhika Apte getting enough footage to make the best of a bad deal. In conclusion, Badlapur might not be in the Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar league, but it is a happy sign that Sriram Raghavan has left Agent Vinod behind.... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The last one-third of the film drags a bit -- the final lines of dialogue are jarringly laboured, especially compared to the rest of the film’s flawlessness -- but overall this is a stunning, beautifully crafted film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film is mainly recommended for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s class act as the impudent criminal. Other than that, the film has some solid, immersing moments and an equal number that are misogynistic and repulsive.... full review

Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Bottomline: An edge-of-the-seat pulpy entertainer that manages to turn the revenge formula on its head.... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, Times of India ...Brisk and absorbing, concluding differently than expected, Badlapur is an inspired film that dangerously attempts to change the landscape of the thriller genre in Bollywood.... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...If you would like to see different kind of cinema and are a fan of Nawazuddin, then ‘Badlapur’ isn’t something that you can afford to miss. Varun too will surprise you with his mature performance.... full review