Movie Review: Badlapur (2015)

Box Office: Hit

badlapur-new-poster-embedMisha (Yaami Gautam) and her son Robin are killed by a bank robber Laik (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Misha’s cheerful husband Raghu (Varun Dhawan) is devastated and shattered. He tries every possible means to get even with Laik, including forced sex with Laik’s prostitute girlfriend Jhimli (Huma Qureshi) to humiliate him. Laik is sentenced to twenty years prison term where he makes several unsuccessful jail-break-attempts. Fifteen years later, Raghu ‘facilitates’ Laik’s premature exit from the jail. The twists-in-the-plot continues, ensuring a roller coaster thrilling ride.

BADLAPUR, which is reportedly based on a true story, sees Sriram Raghavan and Arijit Biswas write a wonderful screenplay. Sriram Raghavan navigates the film in a non linear format, thus, keeping you guessing at many a juncture.Director Sriram Raghavan strikes the hammer of genius with BADLAPUR for he buys your eyes and makes you stay glued to the screen right till the end. The biggest highlight of the film is the incredible tussle between two powerful actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan unexpectedly conjoined by the quirky screenplay-labyrinth. The makers have aptly labeled this film as a ‘Twisted Entertainer’. Yes, the film is dark, gory and violent, but, at the same time, it’s also cerebrally stimulating and entertaining. The artistic values are top notch but it’s meant for a select audience that patronizes sensible, sensitive, meaningful cinema.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Badlapur is a dark, unflinching, fantastic film”
4.0 “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.”
4.0 “The film is mainly recommended for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s class act as the impudent criminal.”
4.0 “This is one heck of a thriller.”
4.0 “‘Badlapur’ is definitely not the stuff for those with a weak appetite or those who like things black or white.”
4.0 “Strongly Recommended. And yes, don’t miss the beginning. “
3.5 “BADLAPUR offers you cinematic excellence with a rider that there’s violence and gore, which may not be everyone’s cup of bitter coffee.”
3.5 “It is one of the best neo-noir representation in Indian cinema.”
3.5 “Much like his character, Varun transforms overnight from ‘student’ to a killer”
3.5 “Varun surprises, Nawaz bowls you over, again!”
2.0 “Watch the best of Varun, Nawaz”
Indiatoday: Rohit Khilnani
3.0 “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.”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “Welcome to Sriram Raghavan’s BADLAPUR, where script is king and performances are the icing on the cake. “
3.0 “Badlapur is a psychological roller coaster. It’s a brilliant cinema that would change the meaning revenge thrillers.”
3.0 “Badlapur is a revenge drama full of blood bath which marks the new beginning for Varun Dhawan in Bollywood industry.”
3.0 “This well-made grim saga would make you a Varun Dhawan fan”
Daily Bhaskar
3.0 “This twisted revenge saga is Varun Dhawan’s best”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Varun Dhawan gets few things right, Nawazuddin makes his highly-dramatised criminal a treat”
2.5 “Raghavan takes one of the most worn-in genres in Bollywood and makes it fresh. “
Blog Reuters
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Raghavan’s gritty crime thriller which looks at vengeance and atonement is definitely a step up from his last outing, the spy action drama Agent Vinod.”
Indiatoday: Suhani Singh

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