Baaghi 2 movie review: Tiger’s sturdy action game is the real takeaway
As long as Tiger Shroff’s stint with films is concerned, we should probably make amends with our expectations and make peace with the fact that he will only deliver at his strong points; i.e. uber cool action sequences and some groovy numbers. ‘Baaghi 2’ scores high in Tiger being at his fittest and prompt best, but can be a bumpy ride in other aspects.
The story begins with armyman Ranveer Pratap Singh (Tiger Shroff), posted in Kashmir. He is fierce, swift and honest. However, the character sketching has gone a little overboard here. To establish his own sense of nationalism, he ties a terrorist to his car as a human shield and drives off a danger zone. Now this may or may not have takers, depending on your definition of nationalism, which is quite debatable in the current scenario.
Ranveer receives a call from a bruised, devastated Neha (Disha Patani) who seeks his help in finding her kidnapped daughter. Next, we are in for a candyfloss-ish, cliche flashback of Ranveer and Neha’s college love story, worsened by a rather predictable futile conclusion. Ranveer, however, is appalled at Neha’s sufferings. He, who seems to be pretty much in love with her yet, decides to come to her rescue.
I was pretty much looking forward to a very flat script with nothing but an overdose of guns, kicks and punches. Surprisingly enough, Ahmed Khan has successfully instilled a couple of gripping twists. That work well at the end. Further, Khan wins brownie points for a bang-on casting. Randeep Hooda as LSD, a witty cop, is a refreshing arrival in the film. Manoj Bajpayee aka DIG Shergill is an apt choice as well, and adds enough volume. And whether or not you buy this, Tiger actually emotes better than his earlier flicks. Surprise again!
When the real combat begins, it is a different ball game altogether. Tiger, with his actions, is as fast as fire. He Alone takes the tonality a few notches higher, making the experience far more gasp-worthy.
The unnecessary trumpet of nationalism, however, pinched me. As Tiger gets into a combat with a few policemen, he beat them up brutally, but not where they wear their badges. He falls himself, but catches the tiny national flag placed at the table. Wouldn’t like to assume where is it all coming from.
Disha Patani’s deliverance, here, is tedious. She barely expresses anything, and throughout her own screen-time, is stiff and excruciating. Such a splash of cold water in her and Tiger’s buzzing pairing!
Ahmed Khan, although he knows Tiger’s capacity of pulling off his game and takes sanctuary there, has his share of blunders. The first half is full of abruption and random songs that break the pace instead of taking the story forward. In the second half, is saved by Tiger and his co-actors who manage to dense it up. Further, the film has got its moments of cringe; but then honestly, we knew it!
If you’re a Tiger Shroff fan, this could be a one-time watch for you. If you aren’t, you might as well give this a miss!