Milan Luthria- Ajay DevgnEmraan Hashmi the hit trio that gave us the super hit and critically acclaimed gangster flick Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) are back once again with Baadshaho. The film sees the two actors lock horns once again with one playing a thief (Ajay as Bhawani) and the other an army officer (Emraan as Dalia). The two are supported by an interesting cast of Ileana D’Cruz, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra.

Add to this, the songs that have helped in creating a great buzz around the film and the punchy dialogues by Rajat Arora, the glimpse of which we saw in the trailer already. I was hoping Baadshaho to break the bad films spell in Bollywood. Does Baadshaho lives up to the hype or ends up being a disappointment? Read my review for more.

Milan Luthria- Ajay Devgn-Emraan Hashmi – the trio that gave us the super hit and critically acclaimed gangster flick Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) are back once again with Baadshaho. But unlike the earlier outing, this film doesn’t see the two actors lock horns. While one plays a thief (Ajay as Bhawani), the other plays his accomplice (Emraan as Dalia). The two are supported by an interesting cast of Ileana D’Cruz, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra and Sharad Kelkar.

Add to this, the songs that have helped in creating a great buzz around the film and the punchy dialogues by Rajat Arora, a glimpse of which we saw in the trailer already. I was hoping Baadshaho to break the bad films spell in Bollywood. Will the Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi film give Bollywood box office a Shubh Mangal opening? Read my review for more.

What’s It About?

Rani Gitanjali Devi (Ileana D’Cruz) is much admired and loved figure in a small town of Rajasthan. But it is the time of Emergency and a politician at the Centre, Sanjeev (Priyanshu Chatterjee – a character that has striking similarities with Sanjay Gandhi) has his eyes on all the gold that the royalty has preserved at their palace over generations. A heist is planned to steal all the wealth in an army truck and deliver it in the right hands. However, Gitanjali Devi is in no mood to do away with it yet. Her personal bodyguard, Bhawani (Ajay Devgn), comes to the rescue.

He vouches his ‘zabaan aur jaan’ to her with a promise, ‘main kahaani badal doonga’. Bhawani, who lives by the rule, ‘chaar din ki zindagi hai, aur aaj chautha din hai,’ has decided to do all that it takes to save the gold and hand it over to Gitanjali Devi. He gets a local thug Dalia (Emraan Hashmi), Gitanjali’s Devi’s another trusted person, Sanjana (Esha Gupta), and Guruji (Sanjay Mishra), who specializes in unlocking locks, on board this mission. But there isn’t any easy job ahead of them. They have to fight Major Seher Singh (Vidyut Jammwal) before they get to lay their hands on all that glitter. Does the heist finally happen or is it stopped in time? Who gets the gold finally? Are everyone involved playing a fair game or is someone being played?

What’s Hot?

When you make a feature with an ensemble cast, the most important aspect is to give each of the characters enough time to grow on the audience. Milan Luthria gets this bang on! Baadshaho is a heist film but instead of spending major part on a chor-police chase or trying to break locks while on the road, Luthria takes time in prepping for the heist and playing some mind games. Before we realize, we too are as involved as the characters. Talking about the real heist, the sequence is well choreographed to keep you at the edge of your seat.

The casting is perfect and Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Sanjay Mishra, Vidyut Jamwwal, Sharad Kelkar, Esha Gupta deliver what is expected of them. Ileana looks elegant in her Rani avatar, switching between playing a damsel in distress and the one who calls the shots! Ajay and Ileana’s chemistry is nothing to write home about and Emraan – Esha’s song Keh Doon Tumhe has been removed from the film post copyright issues so you don’t get to see much of them as a couple either. The film relies on Emraan and Sunny Leone’s ‘Piya More’ to add some oomph and sizzle in the narrative. But the song that stays with you much after the film will be Rashke Qamar. This is one of the better-reprised versions we have heard this year, courtesy Tanishk Bagchi and Ankit Tiwari.Sunita Radia’s cinematography captures a winter in the small by lanes and alleys of Rajasthan beautifully.

What’s Not?

All’s well that ends well! Sadly, this isn’t the case with Baadshaho. The first half is gripping and entertaining and the graph massively declines post interval. There are some unexpected revelations that help us stay invested in the latter part of the film, however, the climax is a big mood spoiler! The action sequence stretches to a yawn fest before ending the film at its lowest point. It looks like the makers have left scope for a sequel, but it fails to leave us with even a dash of curiosity about ‘what next?’

The film is based in Rajasthan but all the characters happily leave their accents and then casually pick it up as an afterthought! Emraan is seen wearing slogan tees, which only became a trend in the UK in the 1980s. Esha is seen wearing a lot of floral and polka prints but the cuts and silhouettes are too fashion forward for a 1970s India.

What To Do?
Despite its flaws, Baadshaho ensures a decent watch! It brings together Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi, a gripping first half laced with some amazing one-liners that will give movie buffs some brand new catchphrases! Nuff said!

Verdict

India.com rating: 3 stars

Watch the official trailer of Baadshaho below:

Baadshaho hits screens on September 1, 2017