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!
'Race 3' Movie Review: This Salman Khan action-thriller is a paisa-vasool Eid dhamaka
Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Produced By: Salman Khan, Ramesh Taurani
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala
Duration: 2h 46m
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4
A decade ago, the famous duo Abbas-Mustan had treated the masses with an extraordinary vision in their directorial ‘Race’. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, the movie had a complex plot with twist and turns in the narrative, good-looking men and their astonishing ladies. It had picturesque locations which added a lot more to a viewer’s theatrical experience than they may have expected. With the movie collecting over a hundred crores, it called for a sequel, ‘Race 2’ which released in 2012.
After the magnificent success of the last venture, Taurani took a risk by taking the franchise forward with a number of changes in the star cast and the director too. This time around, having Remo D’Souza on board with A-list actors, the producer promised that the film will be x5 times better than its previous parts. Among the ones who were lucky to catch Salman Khan’s action bonanza days before its release were we, and now let us share our experience of watching this almost 3-hour-long action thriller in 3D.
Salman Khan’s latest outing, ‘Race 3’, offers a dhamakedar package including glamour and style with A-listers, who surpass our expectations with their power-packed performances. The extravagant locations, beautiful locales, the mesmerising songs, the electrifying Chase and sizzling chemistry make for an international movie experience.
The movie is based on the story of a family that deals in borderline crime but is ruthless to the core. We are introduced to everyone’s real face as they change with a blink of an eye. Further, we realise that we are in a delusion as the things are not the same as they seem. Moving ahead, we come to know that Sikander (Salman Khan) and his family is on the verge of self-destruction or maybe it is some outsider’s plan to destroy them.
All in all, the movie is an A-rated piece with not just glam but also substance. The best part of the storyline is that the writing of Shiraz Ahmed is complete with a number of surprises and turns. It would be demeaning to point out nooks in the film, as it had everyone’s eyeballs hooked to the screen from the minute it started. The one thing which is worth applauding is that every actor has been given enough screen space. The unique selling point of this extravaganza is that each character has grey shades; they indulge in dangerous games making it an exhilarating cinematic experience.
Ayananka Bose, the man who has made this film larger than life with stunning locations which take your breath away, deserves accolades as well. No one can doubt this man’s cinematography skills. The beautiful localities of UAE are captured brilliantly by DOP. The high-octane action sequences are top notch with thrilling chase scenes which are neat. Talking about the music, it is very soothing, especially ‘Selfish’, which has been shot in serene place of India, Leh Ladakh. Coming to the dialogues, they are ‘Seeti-Maar’.
Moving on to the performances, each actor has fairly done justice to their character sketches. But it goes without saying that Salman Khan is the soul and treasure of this action-thriller. The actor gets into the nick of his character and gives a hard-hitting act on-screen. Anil Kapoor is ‘jhakaas’ as always while Bobby Deol delivers a power-packed performance in his comeback film. Jacqueline and Daisy’s action sequences are a sight to behold and their stunning outfits lured me to connect to their designers right away.
On the whole, Salman Khan’s ‘Race 3’ is a perfect Eidi for everyone. And at the box-office, the movie is bound to rake in 100 cr over the weekend considering it is a festive one.
Watch the trailer here:
Veere Di Wedding Movie Review: Get ready to raise a toast with your Girl Gang!
Directed By: Shashanka Ghosh
Produced By: Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Sumeet Vyas
Duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4 stars
Bollywood has given us friendship tales which are still etched in our memories. Be it ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, the films have not only touched our soul but have also made us realize how important it is to value and cherish our relations with friends. Unlike the other two which focused on Male friendships, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is an ode to all Girl Gangs out there.
Based on the lives of four BFF’s Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker), Meera (Shikha Talsania) and Avni (Sonam Kapoor), The story introduces you to these four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Not getting into explaining both halves of the movie as it is one hell of a ride.
Movie’s plot not just revolves around the girl gang but also explores the relationship between a parent and child. Kalindi, who is on the verge of getting married to her boyfriend (Sumeet Vyas) for 3 years, calls it quits with a doubt that it won’t work just like her parent’s relationship. On their way to resolve Kalindi’s love life, the gang goes through loads of ups and downs, supporting and sticking to each other no matter what.
From the gorgeous outfits to their dialogues, these Veeres have nailed it! Watching them having fun and emotionally supporting each other at the same time, will remind you of your Veeres.
Overall, with peppy soundtracks which make you groove there and there, some crazy humor and a perfect balance of emotions and fun, Veere Di Wedding is an out and out stunner!
So Yeah! To know, how this Girl Gang survives through it all, you gotta call up your Veeres and watch Shashanka Ghosh’s film right away!
Watch the trailer here: