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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.Read more
This is unapologetic “filmy” everything – dialogue, its delivery, action. Not one of the 5 main characters have a simple line, at least in the trailer. While that makes the cooler full of oomph, it could get tiring very quickly in the film.
The heist genre along with some western rustiness is a welcome texture. Again, hope it doesn't get too much of the same making it tedious and/or overwhelming. Interestingly, whatever the case, it doesn't look like the going will get dull. The music surely isn't dull from what the most of the reviewers have to say.
Baadshaho releases on 1 September, 2017.
Bollyspice – "2.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
Bollywood Life – "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "Baadshaho’s recreations form a decent soundtrack."
Times of India - "a melange of artful re-creations"
- meeta, a part of the audience
It is easy to dismiss a film that has a lot of “style” with the “form over substance” argument. Baadshaho tries to counter that presumed dismissal with an attempt at balance between story and swagger. But loses steam post-interval and becomes predictably haphazard. That is as much a testament to the makers' consistency across films as it is to the seasoned Hindi action film watchers in us.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the performances too are rid of their energy in the second half – across the board.
Most films give enough mind space to the audience to predict what will happen next or a parallel thought on whether or not you are enjoying a film. Baadshaho doesn't give you much of a chance to think about how you are feeling about the film and succeeds in keeping you guessing about the next twist in a good way – but only in the first half. And that is a tragedy.
Every time Bhavani & Co. (Ajay Devgn & Co.) get into a soup, you think of the many ways that they might get out of it. The film surprises with its solution. Only difference is in the first half, you think it is smart, as interval approached things become quite laughable. The last hour just goes loose. The only intention seems to be to complete a heist-action film to-do list: Story-wise, Double-crossing: check Out-smarting: check Execution-wise: Chase sequence: check Lock-opening sequence: check Police torture sequence: check
While some of these could have worked to the film's advantage, as story elements they become tedious. It then becomes, any other action slick-flick in a different setting. Rajasthan, 70s. Rajasthan is used to give the film a dusty, grungy texture and 70s is used as a loophole, everything that sounds implausible is explained away using the emergency. All the signs of subtle character exposition (dare I say) in the first half are exposed and given a twist with an additional story. It could have been a study of changing perceptions as you know more of the story. But characters behave rather randomly and you lose all the interest you had in them in the beginning.
For the action part, it became more about appreciating what wasn't there rather than what was. Again, in the first half at least the background score didn't become the ever-pulsating beat that we are soon becoming desensitised to. Also, it was good to see a chase sequence that didn't have the predictable shattering of property – a pottery stall here, a vegetable cart there. The climax fight sequence is well-shot but is long and is better positioned in a showreel rather than the film's reel.
Unfortunately, though the songs seem nice to listen to, they are obviously fillers in the films. What we are left with then is the super-cool performances. Like in the trailer, almost every line has a “filmy” edge to it, irrespective of who is delivering it. But, the trailer has taken up the better lines and you are left with barely any new “super-cool” ones for the rest of the film.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the performances too are rid of their energy in the second half – across the board. Not that we haven't seen any of them – Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Sanjai Mishra, Vidyut Jamwal – in these forms earlier. They continue their act. Ileana D'cruz is the only one who is slightly different because of the character she plays. Her act as a shrewd ruler to a dramatic and sympathetic one are both convincing. What doesn't work though is the way the character is written itself – it is with the intent to keep the audience guessing rather than serving the story.
The only intention seems to be to complete a heist-action film to-do list
We go back to “form over substance” with a half-hearted attempt at form. As an audience, grateful for the attempt, I am. But, that attempt didn't make it an immersive or enjoyable couple of hours at the theater.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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 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 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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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Vimlesh81563211: If you ever enjyd 90s movies and msng the charm go for #baadshaho you'll jump of chair and whistle. Excellent performance by each character.
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skforulove: #Baadshaho it was funtastic movie @emraanhashmi u r killing bro
SinghVeejay: Go watch Baadshaho. Emraan Rocks As Dalia
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samarajphalke1: Baadshaho is an action packed bollywood film. Loved the characters the dialogue
SajanSyaz: Watched #Baadshaho today. Awesome movie. Perfectly set for sequel. Could be another successful franchise for @ajaydevgn
RoninADfan: I will go to watch again today. #BAADSHAHO
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Rj_rRahul: Watched #Baadshaho not critics like audience masala action bold the good movie from @milanluthria bring if another macho movie
rameshlaus: #Baadshaho [3.25/5]: A Good Masala Entertainer.. With good twists and turns.. @ajaydevgn , @emraanhashmi & @Ileana_Official are gud.. Fun
RAJDEEPKUMARRAJ: सर आपने क्या गजब का डायलॉग बोला है जो भी बोल रहे थे सब लग रहा था डायलॉग है सुपर acting @ajaydevgn #Baadshaho
rajbiswal99: #Baadshaho is a superb movie brilliant performance by all actors and @Ileana_Official is so so beautiful I can't take my eyes of her
raghunathkalbu2: Baadshaho super hit
primal_alpha: #Baadshaho Its a Super Hit! Proper Action Thriller after such a long time! Watch if you like n enjoy Bollywood Single Screen Movie! Dhamaka
prashantjha003: loved dalia all r worked amazingly #Ajay Sir #Mishraji #emraan sir loved @Baadshaho "Emraan Rocks As Dalia"
PoojaB90: Shut up all the film critics who's written bad about #Badshaho.. Check your ability of judging any good film..
piyush_tyagi123: Watched #BAADSHAHO today in bangalore.. Mass masala movie.. Mass oriented movie.. 4/5*
PawansFighter: #Baadshaho I give the rating 4.5/5 to this wonderful film
pawankumarsingh: #Baadshaho Liked it. @ajaydevgn and Mishra g were awsome.
Nisnord: #Baadshaho today again in the evening
Navisidhu381: Superb movie @Baadshaho every character very effective bt @emraanhashmi was very unique & powerful in dis
MeetPaniya: What a wonderfull movie #Baadshaho nailed it @milanluthria again with such a badasses! Must watch @ajaydevgn @emraanhashmi @eshagupta2811
ma_mehta: Paisa vasool entertaining film @Baadshaho. Great acting by all, specially @ajaydevgn @emraanhashmi
manishbhaiyaji: I saw #Badshaho today ..powerfull dialogue delivered by both @ajaydevgn nd #imranhashmi !! I enjoyed !!
Lovely_Rapunz: Just saw Rocking movie baadshaho.. Amazing Amazing work by @emraanhashmi Emraan Rocks As Dalia
LN_ADAvidity: Wow !! Great !!
Laxmi_EH: Awesome evening with #Baadshaho
laxmi2610: Very engaging content !! Loved @ajaydevgn and @emraanhashmi 's work !! Every scene has a fun element,full of twist and turns #BAADSHAHO
kamalsetia: Zabardast all i can say about. @Baadshaho @Ileana_Official @ajaydevgn
JammwalFan: Book your tickets and go watch #Baadshaho
iManishJoy: one of the rarest movie in which @emraanhashmi didn't kiss even once. BTW, awesome movie #Baadshaho #thriller #suspense #mindgame
iamsj743: #Badshaho is one of the finest movie I have watched this year.. DIALOGUE DELIVERY IS EXCEPTIONAL...
Iamcezane: Acting wise in 1st Half. @emraanhashmi Is Rowking - 4/5 @eshagupta2811 luks HawT
hanschandela: Awesome movie #Badshaho Good act by all actors Nice movie good suspense Well done @ajaydevgn
GULSHAN112244: Double entertainment. .double masti nd double dhamaal. .. nd awesomeness by @ajaydevgn. .. baadshaho is rocking all the way. .
FShirin: Watched Badshaho last night. Brilliant trio of @ajaydevgn @emraanhashmi & Sanjay Misra
Dsingh97125535: Super duper hit movie baadshaho
DoraDebashish: Baadshaho rocking today. I would say @ajaydevgn star power working now.
diljit2007: once again @emraanhashmi performance is loved by everyone all credit goes to @milanluthria #OUATIM #TDP #BAADSHAHO only u know Emmi's best
cvkp_: Plenty of goosebump moments in #Baadshaho which is rare to see in recent Bollywood movies. Dialogues are too good.
chavanswapnil41: #Baadshaho finally watch the movie Baadshah superb movie
chamath_danuja: Watched baadshaho..Loved it.. thanks for entertaining is @emraanhashmi u are brilliant.also @ajaydevgn n @imsanjaimishra
Borkar_gopal: Ajay devgan badshaho is really really entertaining every #1 must watch n d'n miss
birendrarana20: #Baadshaho movie is awesome and Ajay Devgan & Emraan Hashmi is good performance in this movie..
bhola1456: #Baadshaho देशी ठर्रे में अंग्रेजी व्हिस्की मिला दी, ना चढ़ेगी ना हजम होगी..बस परेशान करेगी...too good guys
BhideNishant: #Baadshaho total paisa wasool movie Emraan, Ajay, Sanjay Mishra Outstanding....
being_ahmad2: Super hit #Badshaho
BarwaJagdish: #Baadshaho excellent act @ajaydevgan
avi_abhinash: awesome movie @Baadshaho team with the high performance of all character #Baadshaho rocking
asli_sunidhi: #Baadshaho is good movie.. The trio of @ajaydevgn @emraanhashmi @imsanjaimishra amazing yaar.
ashishbaxi: Entertainment Entertainment #Baadshaho Entertainment!!!! @milanluthria
aritraghosh_9: Watched #Baadshaho & Loved it sir..
anupamaibm: What a lovely movie #Baadshaho. Thoroughly enjoyed. @ajaydevgn U'r my all time fav, splendid performance. Best movie of 2017 so far! Love
Anilbevara: Watched #ShubhMangalSaavdhan and #Badshaho for me #Badshaho is the winner. #ShubhMangalSavdhaan second half can be better.
Amri_Farnaz: Wowwww Emmi @emraanhashmi
AmitKum63970231: Badshaho movie is the best
amit1771994: #Baadshaho @imsanjaimishra guru ji u wr too good in mv sir :))
AjayJai01915477: Baadshaho is an owsm movie
Abhi_Jadhav19: What a movie @Baadshaho !! Superb acting by @ajaydevgan @emraanhashmi.. Outstanding ! Dialouges.. #piyamore
abhishekmallya: #Baadshaho amazing movie with lots of twists and turns. @ajaydevgn stardom in full action
abhikamble3277: Aaju Baadshaho dekhi 1 no. Film.. emran hashmi...my fev.hero.
5kihsuakaplihs: #Baadshaho what a grt suspence and amazing work of @ajaydevgn Last tak bhawani sidha aur last me "khel" wahi tha poora Thnks @prashantbsur
_Shreejith: #Baadshaho has a racy & entertaining 1st half loaded wid action,humour & thrills.But the 2nd half is a big let down due 2 boring screenplay.
Iamsalman_k: Baadshaho is basically Race 2 set in Rajasthan. Decent one time watch but horrible ending.
GirishGohil_: #Baadshaho ok types
gbupadhyay: #Baadshaho is good but ending could be better.
AkkiYuvi_4ever: Baadshaho is an average flick, saved by Brilliant dialogues and good acting. Emraan Hashmi steals the show his dialogue delivery
_12345ji: Worst movie of 2017 #Baadshaho
viv_tyagi: Baadshaho... Movie Nobody should dare to watch..
Sri_Krishhna: What a pathetic and pakauu movie #Badshaho Watch it on Ur own risk nothing new or average in movie. 1 out of 5 stars frm me Hilarious Plot
RohitKoul8: Saw Baadshaho last nyt!! Sach pucho to bas Guruji aur dalia hi entertain kar rahe thhe & baaki sab bore @emraanhashmi Emraan Rocks As Dalia
RaghavAbhay: Watched Badshaho, movie is a disappointment over all. Acting is good but story n treatment is low point
paagalladka: #Baadshaho: crap movie.. ghatiya script and wahiyaat ending...
ouchh_potato: This weekend, stand up for erectile dysfunction. Dont give in to the heist #ShubhMangalSaavdhan >>>> Baadshaho
nidhi_hasija: Why did we really go to #baadshaho Dont waste your time or money for this one. It had NOTHING!
Ketul1Indian: Yesterday , watched #Baadshaho 0 Star movie. Writer has forget to write the End. @rajatsaroraa @milanluthria @RoninADfan @TSeries @RVCJ_FB
i_am_anmol_jain: I just watched BAADSHAHO and i must say END tatti hai... #MovieReview #Baadshaho
itsNaCool: #Baadshaho is Shivaay level chutiyapa. Too many wtf moments & unintentionally funny scenes filled with corny dialogues.
imenglishamit: #AjayDevgn when u talk, u sound so intelligent. Why did you choose #Baadshaho? I am losing my loyalty towards you.
BanarasiBasanti: Anyone expecting another #OUATIM will be highly disappointed Emraan Hashmi is in some serious crisis of good scripts #Baadshaho
Anandku79339351: Very dirty film badshaho it is flof movie
amit12354: #Baadshaho is Bad Show. Only #EmraanHashmi was fun to watch. Very disappointing overall.
aka_Musafir: Aaj Baadshaho dekh kar mera vishwas uth gya hindi action films se. Ajay sir why? All the biggies pls stop making films for friendship.
AamirKhanTemple: Baadshaho is a film u can give a miss or watch on satellite! Don't spend money on it. Below average. 1.5/5
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