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Background score builds tension, rather than the story, which is contrived in itself to showcase the action sequences, only a few of which are sort-of not-seen-before.Read more
Gruesome action, a wannabe sizzle in romance, off-putting dialogue delivery, a promise that there will be randomly placed, generic-looking songs – what's there to look forward to? Gruesome action, it is then.
The action too looks a little 'been there, seen that', especially if you have seen martial art films from around the world.
Usually Shraddha Kapoor's presence makes me want to give the film a worthwhile shot. Here though, it feels like that will drop a notch after watching this film. Needless to say, it is one of those films I am going to walk in saying, “Come on! Surprise me! Prove me wrong.”
- meeta, a part of the audience
The quick review says it all - “Background score builds tension rather than the story, which is contrived in itself to showcase action sequences, only a few of which are sort-of not-seen-before.”
Let me break that up. The background music is relentless, especially in the second half. Even if it takes a breather for a few seconds, you can feel it in the silence because of its assault thus far. It is as if all the onus of building suspense was left to it, because – no story.
You can't fault the writers though. They have been asked to fit the story to squeeze in as many action sequences as is possible. There is no building character, only piling one action sequence after another. In fact, the only way they allow the lead lady to hold her own is by throwing in a kick or two. The story is summarised as follows: Boy meets girl. Another boy also meets girl, kidnaps her. What happens next?
What is going to happen next? I doubt there can be anything more predictable than the answer to that question. So, what can you do? More action. Of course.
The actions sequences are repetitive and offer nothing in terms of variety. There are a few times they have a couple of characters hold postures that look mind-blowing and make you admire the ab-control. And there a few other scenes where bones are broken in a manner to make you jolt.
The one main thing that that one-liner leaves out is the performances. But, that it was left out must mean a lot by itself, right? Tiger Shroff cannot act. Well, at least not so far. Each line comes out as if it is the dialogue of the decade. That is as filmy as it gets. Shraddha Kapoor maybe can but there is nothing worthy required here. Her kicks and chops aren't the best. Though, unlikely as it is, I hope that is intentional because her character is not really an expert.
Other than that there are these 'comic relief' characters that remind you of the worst from the 90s. The attempt at tugging at your heart is so superficial that they don't even bother to give you a backstory or resolution.
Oh well. The only good thing I can say about Baaghi is that I have seen worse.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, BAAGHI is a typical masala entertainer which scores high on action and performances from the lead cast. With focus on entertainment, the film is, without a doubt, the best action film to come out of Bollywood in recent times. It has all the merits to hit the jackpot. At the box office, it will be lapped up by the masses on the account of its masala quotient. Highly recommended. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...Even with its various flaws, Baaghi is still a treat for the action lovers. Watch the film for its amazing stunts and Tiger Shroff. Boy, he surely rocks! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...All said and done BAAGHI is still set to be winner despite all its cliches thanks to its gritty, powerful, mind blowing and bone wrenching fight sequences choreographed on Tiger Shroff who excels in satisfying the thirst of an action buff in a way not done in Bollywood before. The remembrance of the ancient Indian martial art - Kalaripayattu makes BAAGHI - a true Indian martial arts movie and we give an extra for that. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Forget the rest, watch this film for Tiger Shroff. There is no one who fights like Tiger Shroff and it looks like we have finally found a genuine martial arts star. Hope he gets more such roles to do justice to his dedication.... full review
So-So, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...Sudheer Babu and Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj lend some credibility to the film by acting and staying in character, but that’s not enough reason to watch this film. Tiger Shroff, with Turkish, Belgian, Bengali and Gujarati blood, is interesting looking. But how many times must we watch him throw a 360 helicopter kick? Many times, I fear, because the boy can’t act. At all. He can fight. ... full review
So-So, by Kritika Goel , Desi Martini : ...Tiger is great at the action he does and that is the highlight of the film. He isn't too expressive of his emotions. Tiger breaks bones but doesn't sway our hearts. His action is crisp, clean and technically very strong. On the other hand, Shraddha is extremely reflective of her emotions and she is best at doing what we have known her for. The expectation of seeing Shraddha doing a lot of action doesn't get fulfilled. And we see the part of her that we already knew. So, she doesn't offer anything new.... full review
So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...The film’s cinematography by ace Binod Pradhan brings lush Kerala and Bangkok locales to life. The interior shots when Tiger enters the villain’s multistoried den are shot realistically too. Music by Meet Bros, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari and Manj Musik is hummable. Amaal Malik composed Sab tera, sung by Armaan Malik and Shraddha, is the pick of the lot. Shraddha isn’t just a coy maiden waiting to be rescued but a fierce spirit who doesn’t pull her punches. The leads do share a spark of chemistry and look pleasant together. But all said and done, it’s Tiger’s film and barring some emotional scenes, where he needs to up his game, he fights and dances like a dream. This film is going to be his litmus test. Here’s hoping that he passes it with flying colours, as we do need genuine action stars in our films… ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...In short, The Karate Kid enters Bloodsport and appears in a hurry to become Ong-Bak without losing the essential Bollywood qualities. Baaghi shines only in patches. ... full review
So-So, by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live : ...Sanjay Mishra shows up as a blind Bangkok cabbie in a comedy track that doesn't belong here. The film is powered purely by the sheer energy and the tireless spirit of its leading man Tiger Shroff, who's still raw when it comes to emoting but seizes your attention when he's flaying his arms and legs about the screen.... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Conclusion: Baaghi is an ultra actioner aimed at the testosterone fueled part of the youth audience which enjoys such heavy duty actioners. If you want any story or entertainment in your movies, then Baaghi will end up boring you. It is incohesive, and disjointed which solely relies on the action skills of its lead actor to further its story. However, it is a harmless movie which doesn’t aim to tell a super serious story about an important social subject and it needs to be judged that way. And as a light entertainer, Baaghi is passable and can be watched once. ... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Had Baaghi been an out and out action fare, we are sure the film would have been much better. However, notwithstanding the faults in the story, Baaghi will warm the cockles of any action junkie's heart. ... full review
So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...He’s got the goods of a solid action hero but it’s time to step out of the show reel space and shine under an actual script and a skilled hand who can bring out the Tiger buried under Jackie’s son and Hrithik’s fan. ... full review
So-So, by Mohar Basu, Times of India : ...Baaghi blooms only during the fights but by the time the clock ticks towards the climax, you are exhausted. How much can you hoot for broken necks and crushed bones? You could try finding thrill in Tiger's kicks but the film has nothing more to offer. ... full review
So-So, by Raghav Jaitly, Zee News : ...Sabbir Khan's filmmaking is average. Only high points in the film are its action sequences which are crafted in such a way that they will take away your breath. With a dash of comedy and emotions, 'Baaghi' turns out to be a one-time-watch. It is not an unmissable film, but you won't regret watching it either. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Might as well have gone a step further with a crowd-pleasing, sarkar-pleasing “Bharat Mata ki jai!” yelled out by the hero. The chest-thumping suits the film’s emptiness. Gloss sans substance tends to make a lot of noise. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The Kerala portions look good, that’s one positive about the film, which is otherwise crashingly dull. It’s okay to have a thin plot, but how about some flair in the fight scenes, a little dash of humour? For emotion there’s a silly subplot with a mute kid who can only say “yaya”. For wit, there’s one line when Ronnie breaks the bones of a Chinese “killing machine” and quips, “Chinese maal zyada nahin chalta.” ... full review
Thumbs down, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...Ideally, you'd leave this film alone and befriend Netflix this weekend. However, if you have a ritual where you visit a movie hall every weekend, and you can satisfy yourself with good-looking people and good-looking frames, and you are very clear that you'll watch no film where you might need subtitles, then you can perhaps catch Baaghi. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...If there's one reason to watch Baaghi, it is for Shroff's endless zeal and commitment to the gruelling physical demands of his part which includes balancing his body on two fingers. Now only if he can hone his thespian skills. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...It’s a quick jog to the end from there on, and the best stretch of the film. It’s nice to see an Indian film sling a few convincing action scenes together, yet it’s also depressing to think that we’d probably never have been able to work out such sequences if there hadn’t been a ready template. But then, that’s what we do best: imitate a superior product and package it as rebellion. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Director Sabbir Khan should be credited for framing the well-conceptualised action scenes. But for the rest, writer Sanjeev Dutta left him with very little to play with. The songs in the film are great — only for your mid-film washroom visits. Almost 140 minutes long, Baaghi can get insufferable to a point that you hope the lead pair actually succumbs to the blows and we can all go home. But they don't. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The love story is interspersed with flashy martial arts action scenes, but given a male lead who is hard pressed to convince us that he has a genuine grouse against the world, the crass concoction simply does not get off the ground. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Cinematographer Binod Pradhan swoops in to save the day, capturing Kerala in all its splendor. And then there is the martial-arts infused action. These are the only two things worthwhile in the movie. ... full review
Thumbs down, yahoo! India : ...the screenplay thrusts in a clumsy comedy track with a blind cab driver played by Sanjay Mishra. It’s distractions like this, and the boring songs, that derail Baaghi from being a sharp action film, which is what Shroff seems to relish more than the emoting. Instead it’s a dated story which is far too dependent on borrowed scenes and plot points rather than confident of its own hero’s abilities and appeal.... full review
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Want to Watch, by Anuj : not a fan, but must admire Tiger's ability to capture the masses
Want to Watch, by TimELiebe : "Want to Watch" may be too strong, but - I ❤ Shraddha Kapoor.
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