Star cast: Ajay Devgn , Ileana D’Cruz, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Vidyut Jammwal and Sanjay Mishra
Director: Milan Luthria
Music: Tanishq Bagchi, Ankit Tiwari
Producer: Milan Luthria, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Genre: Period-Action drama
Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta’s film Badshaaho hits theaters today. This is the fourth film with Ajay Devgn of Milan Luthria after ‘Raw Thaaga’ (1999), ‘Chori-Chori’ (2003) and ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ (2010). How is this movie Let’s know …
Baadshaho is the story of a group of thugs trying to loot a truck full of treasure. The year is 1975. Emergency has been declared and the government targets the royal families of Rajasthan, alleging that they have not declared their wealth after the privy purses were abolished in 1971. Gitanjali (Ileana D’Cruz), a royal princess, is arrested. Her palace gets looted and all the treasures are seized by the government to be taken away to Delhi. Gitanjali wants to stop this legalized plunder of her wealth and she asks her lover Bhawani Singh (Ajay Devgn) for help.
Bhawani recruits a team of badasses just like himself – the flirtatious Daliya (Emraan Hashmi), the alcoholic but flawless locksmith Guruji (Sanjay Mishra) and the sexy loyalist of Gitanjali Sanjana (Esha Gupta). The mission is to stop and loot the truck carrying Gitanjali’s treasures under the orders of Major Seher Singh (Vidyut Jammwal). They have 96 hours and the distance is 600 kms of open desert. How the badasses manage to succeed in their mission forms the rest of the story.
Ajay Devgn sticks to his black uniform and obediently wears a broody expression without giving any depth or character to Bhawani. Even when he claims he lives life king size, you sense he’s bluffing. He finds the perfect match in Ileana D’Cruz who dresses Gitanjali in pearls and chiffons but never allows her personality to show. Though there’s a scene where she talks about the various layers to her personality, we get to see none of it onscreen.
Vidyut Jamal relies heavily on his wavy long hair and killer abs, and nothing else. And there’s Esha Gupta, who safely lets her wardrobe do the work. She sticks out like a sore thumb when paired alongside Emraan Hashmi, who despite handed the kohl-smeared thug look, injects fun and madness into Bhawani’s rogue pal.
Songs don’t have a role to play in the film. Two songs out of three are relegated to background – ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’ and ‘Hoshiyar Rehna’ – and both are foot-tapping. ‘Piya More’ is quite exciting and well shot. John Stewart Eduri’s background score is a big highlight of the film. It adds to the excitement.
On the whole, Baadshaho is an extremely well-made film. The realism coupled with stellar direction, power-packed action, exceptional performances and ear-pleasing tunes are its trump cards. An outstanding cinematic experience! Overall, if you want to watch a thriller movie on the weekend, do not miss this movie.
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