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BAAGHI - If only just looks, cinematography and action could lift up a strictly routine subject offering nothing new. (Review By Bobby Sing)

30 Apr, 2016 | Movie Reviews / 2016 Releases / Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / B

Prominently promoted as a typical Hindi film love story completely dependent upon its action sequences and songs following the set routine of the ‘80s, BAAGHI delivers exactly what was promised, offering nothing novel or highly entertaining in terms of storyline, screenplay, performances or even presentation.
In fact, giving Tiger Shroff his deserving due for all the hard work and extensive training gone through, the truth remains that BAAGHI also doesn’t offer any highly impressive or jaw-dropping action in comparison to what we earlier saw in extremely focused and well-conceived (prolonged) sequences in Vidyut Jamwal’s COMMANDO (2013). And hence the film will only be able to impress the viewers who haven’t seen Vidyut performing much better in his 2013 film promoted with a similar projection. (Also because Vidyut is not any star-son like Tiger, who is bound to get much more attention and mileage due to the obvious reasons.)
Moving ahead of the action, the other two features of BAAGHI that demand both your attention and praises together are the film’s background score (Julius Packiam) and cinematography (Binod Pradhan) giving you something to enjoy in its overstretched long duration of around 140 minutes. The sequences do offer some kind of freshness due to the young pair and picturesque locations along with the backdrop of martial-arts training in its first half. But the routine romantic plot of two boys falling for the same girl, with one being the gangster, narrated through a weak script and direction simply fails to lift up the film in its latter part with nothing new or different to say ruining the expectations raised.
Moreover the completely flat comedy plot featuring Sanjay Mishra, a young villain who is too smart to play the baddie and not so great scenes given to Shraddha Kapoor as the leading lady, remain the biggest drawbacks of BAAGHI post intermission. Plus, the lack of any genuinely appealing emotional feel (that is a must, even in such violent love stories in our Hindi cinema) becomes one of the key reasons of the film just appearing to be nothing more than an action-packed video game presented as a love story.
In the performance department, BAAGHI solely belongs and remains depended upon Tiger Shroff alone, who decently manages to make an impact right from his first introductory sequence of balancing on the index finger and thumb to his very last killing countless people. The talented boy strongly proves why he is being considered as a tough competition to his known contemporaries in the industry, having an edge that neither can be ignored nor easily beaten by any new entrant. But having said that, I also seriously wish director Sabbir Khan had made a better use of his visible skills on screen moving ahead of such cliched subject.
Shraddha Kapoor, as the leading lady, unfortunately doesn’t get much to do except looking pretty and dancing in the (rain) songs playing a caricature kind of badly written character. Besides, the fact that she isn’t doing any real fight in the film but only imitating the same playing ‘a film-actress on shoot’, is sure going to disappoint many fans expecting some authentic action performed by the lady herself.
In a subject particularly demanding a strong negative character, Sudheer Babu doesn’t fit in the role, looking more like a hero than some cunning, mad, insane villain. Sunil Grover playing Shraddha’s father is the second miscast in the project fighting too hard to look wicked or evil, hiding his famous comic expressions and Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj is just fine in the role of a trainer-Guru.
In its soundtrack, BAAGHI does have a soothing song as ‘Sab Tera’ and another catchy party track smartly tweaked from the famous ‘Tequila’ tune. ‘Chham Chham’ serves the purpose well as required with a nice beat, but ‘Agar Tu Hota’ and ‘Girl I Need You’ remain the average songs (with some typical insertions) completing the film’s musical score.   
Mentioning its inspirational sources, BAAGHI has a subject hugely similar to Telugu hit VARSHAM (2004) and it seems to be an undisclosed official remake (considering the exactly similar scenes). Apart from this, a training sequence in it reminds you of Jackie Chan's SNAKE IN THE EAGLE'S SHADOW (1978) and the kid makes you recall both Chan’s THE KARATE KID (2010) as well as Govinda’s HATYA (1988 - the moment he says ‘Ya Ya’). The second half of the film focusing on a particular building with several floors of security takes it all from THE RAID: REDEMPTION (2011 - with a similar Chinese fighter too), but obviously not in any manner that can even be compared with the much appreciated Indonesian film entirely focusing on the raid with an exceptional execution showcasing some outstanding encounters.
In nutshell, BAAGHI can only be seen if you are just interested in action and Tiger Shroff alone and nothing beyond that.
Rating : 1.5 / 5

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