by P Sinha

 Posted on 30-Apr-2016 09:59 AM

As I settled down to watch Baaghi - A Rebel for Love, I wondered how close it would be to the 1990 Salman Khan starrer of the same name. Turns out, this Baaghi is completely different from the previous film, except in its 90s sensibility. Like the many potboilers of the 90s, here too, there is no logic in the screenplay, the hero can beat up a dozen bad guys without batting an eye, the leading lady has nothing to do except break into a song at the unlikeliest of places, act juvenile… the list goes on.

The film starts with an actress Sia (Shraddha Kapoor) being abducted by a fight club owner Raghav (Sudheer Babu) and flown to Bangkok on a private jet! Apparently, Raghav is so powerful that ministers, too, are scared to be on his wrong side. Sia’s father (Sunil Grover, with a Shakti Kapoor hangover) asks Ronny (Tiger Shroff) to rescue her. The film goes into flashback mode where Ronny is traveling to the martial arts academy headed by Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj, a real-life Special Commando Trainer.  Enroute, both he and the grandmaster’s son Raghav fall for Sia. Sia, in turn, likes Ronny. Rest of the story is about how Raghav attempts to wipe Ronny out and wed Sia by force.

The story offers nothing new. Add to it, the treatment makes it a tiresome watch. The film is full of clichés. Situations are contrived to keep the story moving, with no heed to logic. I have yet to come across a person who talks to rain, even imagining the rain responding to her banter. This is the stuff Baaghi is made of. The film has borrowed from the Indonesian ‘The Raid’ series and even some from The Karate Kid, but has done a terrible job in lifting the pieces.

The comedy tracks with Sunil Grover and Sanjay Mishra are humorless. They only succeed in increasing the viewers’ frustration. It is sad to see a talented actor like Mishra being reduced to buffoonery. Sunil Grover hams to the fullest. Coming to the lead pair, Tiger Shroff has worked hard on his dancing and his martial arts skills, but he forgets to emote. Sensing his strength, the director has fight scenes every few minutes, sometimes so long it actually takes away from the narrative. Shraddha Kapoor does okay in the limited opportunity her role affords. Sudheer Babu, too, matches Tiger in action skills but adds nothing to the acting department. Music is forgettable.

Sabbir Khan’s resume boasts of assisting Mahesh Bhatt and David Dhawan, two diametrically opposite filmmakers. Had he imbibed the best of both, he would have been a formidable force. However, Sabbir’s offering lacks the entertainment quotient of a David Dhawan or the realistic treatment of a Mahesh Bhatt film. Baaghi, at best, can get some viewers to single screen theaters in small towns. In bigger cities, this film stands little chance.



Poster: By Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment,


Rating : 2/5

Starring: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Sudheer Babu, Sunil Grover

Director: Sabbir Khan

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