Baaghi Movie Review: Tiger Kills, Shraddha Giggles and the Film Bores

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Chiselled abs - check. Smooth dance moves - check. Penchant for action - check. Probably these were the only pre-requisites for casting the male lead for Baaghi. Tiger Shroff is undoubtedly a natural fit here; especially because the one thing this film doesn't call for, is acting. Thankfully both Tiger and his leading lady Shraddha Kapoor don't look very inclined to indulge in that either. Bang-boom-thud-repeat is all that there in this sordid actioner and both Shroff and Kapoor blissfully play out their caricaturish parts without any zeal.

Two rebels fall in love against the wishes of the world. They romance on picturesque beaches, let cool blue waters and frequent rains wash off their troubles and brave enemies with their violent streak. It is easy to buy the fact that lovers turn against everyone but in this case, the rebellion looks unwarranted. Sabbir Khan spins off a regular love triangle and decorates it with some mind-blowing action pieces. The weak link in this film, however, is Shraddha, who once again plays herself. She is chirpy, dances uninhibitedly, laughs at silly things and talks to herself. Her porcelain face, cutesy charm and saccharine adorability is getting a little too repetitive. Yes, Sabbir makes her do some unbelievable stunts and in places, she does show a surprising flair for it but with a character so similar to her previous ones, there is a sheer lack of novelty. She has immense potential that goes unutilized in most of her films. As far as the villain Raghav goes, his character's build-up lacks the menacing factor. The transformation from deewana to deadly doesn't click. The fact that a man who can’t mew in front of his father brings him down, is unconvincing.

The film wastes a good part of its first hour building the romance between Ronnie and Siya. What do they do for a living? Well, they are Baaghis. To the writers, it worked well as a full time career. At least, Siya is an aspiring actress who shoots a total of one scene in the 130 minutes’ runtime. Ronnie whole-heartedly devotes himself to Kalaripayattu. His training scenes are good but are lifted straight out of a medley of Chinese films. The similarities with The Return to the 36 Chamber is unmissable. Pre-interval, a lot of time goes in bringing together on screen flip kicks, back kicks, some rain songs, more rain songs and a love story that doesn't work. Much like Heropanti, Sabbir does his best to make Tiger look like a star. And as long as film sticks to action, Tiger is unmatchable. He is luminous in every scene and every stunt is first rate. But, his acting chops don't reflect the same skill.

The driving force of the film is the love story, which lacks passion for us to buy into it. The romance blooms quite late on in the film and by then your patience runs thin. Added to that the screenplay lacks coherence. A linear narrative would've worked better in this case and could've possibly ironed out many of its faults. But the drama sets in only after interval and unfolds over its zillion songs that come in at frequent intervals. The dated story and its overdramatic dialogues take a toll on you and by the time the film reaches its climax, you are exhausted. Can action and only action make a film? Not until there some story to fall back on. Sabbir does have a story in mind but he busies himself focusing single-mindedly on the grandiose of the action which makes the film suffer.

Baaghi is just lazy filmmaking. And the onus is not Sabbir's alone. The collective responsibility lie with the producers as well who make it an indulgent, narcissistic vain project. It is stylish, agreed, but there is no substitute for quality. Even the best action films in the world cannot afford to be so bereft of logic. A man, a Kalaripayattu novice walks into a Mafioso’s ten-storeyed building minus any ammunition. The villain in question has his personal army on each floor. The hero kills each of them just with bare hands. One man is greater than a hundred is best reserved only for Salman Khan films. Sabbir does his best to beat logic and pull it off but he ends up making it look too clinical. The fun and thrill of watching the hero punch people to pulp was completely absent. Moreover, the director didn’t need to show us the x-ray shots of how each bone breaks! Spare the details, we get the drift.

Baaghi is sincere but that doesn’t translate to good. Do you enjoy watching the film? Just the action. It is mostly too far-fetched and watching two expressionless dolls batting eyelids at each other is far from satisfying. If you are an action-junkie, you wouldn’t mind wasting your energy on this but for others this is a tiresome trek that doesn’t end on an exhilarating note. 

We rate the film 40% on the Pinkvilla Movie Meter.

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Comments

Lol alia fans always ready to bash shraddha n pari because even they know that their lil princess is not that talanted

Lol alia fans always ready to bash shraddha n pari because even they know that their lil princess is not that talanted

no matter what people say, shraddha has box office power..ek villain: 17 crore opening, abcd 2: 15 crore openining. now she has another big opener. her star power is proven again

Now we have an action hero Tiger shroff. The guy does action scenes effortlessly and he has a super fit body.

Tigers forehead is bigger than my future

40 crores weekend for sure. PV please post.

sab tera!!

how can shraddha be the weak point, she is the biggest selling point of the film, shes the sole provider of star power, do ppl actually think that ppl pay to see tiger? no they pay to see shraddha.

No. They both suck.

Shraddha is not the weakpoint, she is the only selling factor..the box office power is only coming from her. Do u all feel tiger is d reason anyone will pay for d film.

guys more than for the movies, I read these reviews for the English, it kills me every time. like I never thought of seeing the word saccharine here for example lol

YHE MOVIE IS VERY GOOD DO NOT BELIEVE KATVILLA TIGER AND SHRADA

Completely Expected! Shraddha you are such a pretty girl.. Please dont waste your time on these crappy films!
ANd Yeah.. Nothing new.. Just dishoom-love-dovey-revenge-success!

Is her acting worse that ABCD2 if that's possible? I wanted to pull my hair out in that movie

I wanted to pull my hair out in every movie of hers. Hands down the WORST actress who has ever graced the silver screen in Hindi cinema.

Only visuals and action sequences are great. Shraddha kapoor is the worst actress in BW right now. Tiger is good in action scenes only. I must admit he has a drooling body. It's an action movie. Action movie lovers would enjoy it. This movie is not for all.

it's actually funny))) when the release of the film Alia, people write "No charisma, Shraddha much better" when the release of the film Shraddha people write "It is boring, not an actress", share with me in the comments below, what movie your dreams? (plot and casting), that all were satisfied

You are so right!! People nowadays is so difficult to please. They hate Shraddha, they hate Alia, Parineeti, Anushka, Katrina, they hate everyone!! I'm not indian but I love Bollywood movies and I think Bollywood has such great actress just like the extremely beautiful and kind Shraddha Kapoor.
This is not a movie where Shraddha could shine, but she did a great job in Aashiqui 2 and Haider, which were drama movies. Baaghi is an action movie so it has to have action scenes. I think Shraddha is the most promising Bollywood star, she is beautiful, talented and always tries new things in her movies. Greetings from a diehard mexican fan of Shraddha Kapoor and Bollywood.

it's because people want actual talent unless these nepotism-fuelled nonacting heroines like alia and shraddha.

kachra movie and kachra actors. Both of them don't have any star appeal..this girl gets to my nerves and hero less said is better

Tiger got lucky with Heropanti. I doubt he will be lucky this time around. The audience also is bored of watching the same crap over and over again. Shraddha is pretty but too bland and boring yaar.

Its is not about bad acting or bad movie. Tell the truth so these two chose another career. The truth is both of them are ridiculous looking.

Should read review on times.. It says tiger stunts and better than his kisses.. He he he .. And this was supposed to be a romantic movie

This review is just bias. Both actors are compare to others and there other films heavily.
The film was not good but such hate filled writing is just too much.
"Is reserved for only Salman Khan " why because he is a big star and Tiger and Shraddha not?

That ticket meters looks more like 20%.... Not even watching this on Netflix.

Is anyone surprised?

yeah surprised someone bothered to review

Yes m surprised that it got 40% when it deserved 20%.

FLOP

it is an awesum movie...go n watch. superb action movie.

They Always give good review to useless films like fan why because the actor in that movie is a khan? Anyway i trust only KRK for films reviews because he is the only one who is honest.

Useless films like Fan? Huh every strict critic gave good rating to fan. Some even gave 4.5. If you think fan is useless than you certainly don't understand much about films.

tiger you are so good at dancing and action so please just be a dancer or double stunt

There are two heroines in the film sharadha

Meh.. this joke is getting too old

i couldnt agree more. shradhha too repetitive with her acting.. tiger not acting... bt dance : check. action : check. acting : cant check, im afraid.

Without daddy director Rakesh Roshan and projects like Jodha Akbar, Guzaarish at hand.... tiger should not try THIS hard to copy hrithik roshan.... hes just falling short when it comes to acting...

hahahahahahahahahha... i knew it..i knew it..i knew it...

Have to wait for DVD.

You went expecting good acting from a movie starring tiger n shraddha???

Also, strangely for some reason, shraddha is not hated on PV, considering how bad an actress she is, while Katrina is. Hmm

If my some miracle Shraddha manages to be the contender of the so-called number 1 spot, then she will start facing the heat. Right now neither her fandom is big enough, nor is she a top actress. There are many, many ahead of her. Katrina got a lot of hate because she ran on the coattails of Salman and Ranbir & was considered only next to Kareena during her heyday (just because Kat's movies were commercially successful).

"the director didn't need to show us the x-ray shots of how each bone breaks".LOL

Tiger's action is top notch but he needs to learn acting ASAP.Overall it is a waste of money.

Reading your review I was hoping for 20%. How the heck do people tolerate such lazy films with lazy actors is beyond me.

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