Baaghi 2 movie cast:               Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda,

Deepak Dobriyal, Prateik Babbar


Baaghi 2 movie director:         Ahmed Khan

Baaghi 2 movie rating:            2.5 stars

BAAGHI 2 is the story of a fearless rebel who undertakes a dangerous mission when his     ex-girlfriend seeks his help. Ranveer Pratap Singh (Tiger Shroff) is a brave army officer.

Baaghi 2 is an all-out action film with suspense and thriller elements. The first half is spent entirely in the setup. A distraught mother reaches out to her ex-boyfriend Ronny for help. But once Ronny starts investigating the case, he finds out that no one has a clue about Neha’s daughter. The build-up is slow but steady and by interval time the film does manage to get some interest. Too much time is spent in establishing the story, the suspense and its characters. There are a few action sequences in the first half, but the main focus remains on Neha’s and Ronny’s relationship and the way their past affects their present.

The second half though is a completely different tale. The slow pace of suspense and the romantic track give way to twists and turns that culminate in a finale that lacks any reasoning or rationale. Ronny goes from the slightly confused soldier to an absolute blood-thirsty person with revenge on his mind. It gives Tiger Shroff the chance to exhibit his martial arts skills.

Coming to performances, Tiger Shroff delivers a terrific performance and enters successfully in the intense zone. It’s great to see how he is able to look agitated and at the same time quite vulnerable. His action and dance make the film amazing. Disha Patani sadly has lesser screen time and she surely has a long way to go when it comes to her performance. Her chemistry with Tiger however is good.  Manoj Bajpayee (Ajay Shergill) gives a nice, subtle performance as per his character’s requirement. Randeep Hooda (Lodha Singh Dhul aka LSD) gets to essay the most colourful character in the film and he’s too good. Viewers are sure to go crazy after witnessing his antics. Prateik Babbar (Sunny) gets into the skin of his character. Deepak Dobriyal (Usman) leaves a mark with his performance and one-liners. Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj (Colonel Ranjeet Walia) is quite a livewire but sadly this time he doesn’t have much to do. Darshan Kumaar (Shekhar) is quite okay while Sunit Morarjee (Sharad Kute) goes overboard. Jacqueline Fernandez is quite sizzling in her item number.

It is here, that director Ahmed Khan’s movie trades style for substance. The action sequences look slick, but they feel completely needless and bit too excessive. It’s disappointing that the story suffers in this attempt to impress with the action choreography and stunts. There are quite a few plot reveals and character twists during the latter part of Baaghi 2, but they’re not done convincingly. The direction falters as the film’s initial pace, which is a setup for the thrills, doesn’t fit in with the high on action second half. The screenplay also takes random liberties.

The Songs are strictly okay but barring the item number, the rest don’t make the desired impact. ‘Mundiyan’ is forced but is quite exciting. `Ek Do Teen’ is energetic, O Saathi is lovely while ‘Lo Safar’ is wasted. Julius Packiam’s background score is quite impactful.

Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran’s cinematography is eye catching. The aerial shots especially are quite well captured. Ram Chella, Lakshman Chella, Kecha Khamphakdee and Shamshir Khan’s action is quite entertaining and the mainstay of the film. Rameshwar Bhagat’s editing is okay and the film could have been shorter. Laxmi Keluskar and Sandeep Meher-Lasa’s production design is rich.

On the whole, Baaghi 2 boasts of an extraordinary action and spectacular performance from Tiger Shroff with an absence of a convincing and engaging screenplay as a minus point. At the box office, it will score huge over the weekend in the mass dominated circuits.

The trouble with a full-on masala film going in search of a plot is evident in the way the film unspools. The bare bones are borrowed from Telugu thriller Kshanam, but the fillings are all strictly Bollywood.

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