Badlapur Movie Review « Film Dhamaka

Badlapur takes you through one man’s quest for revenge over a span of 15 years. Raghu (Varun) loses his wife Misha (Yami) and kid, when they are accidentally killed in a bank robbery by Layak (Nawaz) and his partner in crime Hurman (Vinay Pathak). While Hurman escapes with money, Layak…

Badlapur Movie Review

Badlapur Movie Review

2015-02-20

Vaishnav

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RATING

70

Badlapur takes you through one man’s quest for revenge over a span of 15 years. Raghu (Varun) loses his wife Misha (Yami) and kid, when they are accidentally killed in a bank robbery by Layak (Nawaz) and his partner in crime Hurman (Vinay Pathak). While Hurman escapes with money, Layak is nabbed by the police and is sentenced to imprisonment for 20 years. Meanwhile, Raghu tries to extract the name of Layak’s partner but in vain. After 15 years, a NGO worker, Shobha (Divya Dutta), appears at Raghu’s doorstep, informing him that Layak is dying due to Cancer and pleads to Raghu to furnish a forgiveness letter so that Layak can spend his remaining days of his life in the open. Through Layak’s mother, Raghu gets to know the whereabouts of Hurman and decides to forgive Layak. Soon Layak is freed, but Raghu goes after Hurman and his wife Kanchan( Radhika Apte) torturing them psychologically before brutally murdering them. Soon Layak tries to contact Hurman for his share of money from robbery, but in turn comes face to face with Raghu and gets to know that his friend has been murdered. How do Raghu and Layak settle their equation forms the climax of the story.
Like any Sriram Raghavan film, Badlapur is technically sound, with flawless camera work and crisp editing. While story might not be an intelligent one, it is witty, cheeky and driven by the feeling of revenge. Varun Dhawan has given an honest performance, and the hard work that he had put for the role is evident onscreen. His brooding demeanour, and unique, at times torturous, revenge seeking antics will leave you in awe and I can surely say I have new found respect for Varun. But it is Nawazuddin Siddiqui who steals the show, with his amazing body language, which is witty and at times cheeky, making you wonder is there anything the actor can’t do. Nawaz nails the shadiness of Layak’s character, but also shows his emotional side with his love for Jhimli played by Huma Qureshi. Vinay Pathak and Radhika Apte are fantastic in their small but important roles and play an integral part in the film’s narrative. Scenes involving Dhawan, Apte and Pathak are simply mind blowing. Yami Gautam looks gorgeous in a tiny role and Huma, playing a prostitute, gives a decent performance, though her character didn’t seem to have any impact on the story. Sachin-Jigar’s music blends perfectly with the genre of the film. Sriram Raghavan’s direction is praiseworthy as he tells a simple tale with so much impact, deriving some award winning performances from his actors. The film has portions of semi nudity and implied sex scenes, which has been handled deftly.

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