Revenge dramas are a difficult terrain to plod. But if an auteur like Sriram Raghavan decides to walk the thrilling field it does give us high hopes. Badlapur’s trailer was just that and the film although not as fast paced as the trailer but turns out to be a fresh catch in the crime thriller genre.
The film’s story revolves around a bunch of closer-to- reality motley characters that are struck with a life changing accident. While Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) gets a life term, Raghu (Varun Dhawan) is the hardest hit as he loses his family in this accident. But for Raghu a life term for his culprit isn’t justified. He wishes that Liak would suffer as much as he did and then the chase begins; the tryst for justice and avenging the murder of his family.
The film has its own highs and lows but is evenly balanced out. It is an astounding and a tantalizing affair. The script and the screenplay are layered, nuanced and deft in their approach. The performances are intelligent as much as impressive. The film has the right amount of grit and suspense that keeps the audience glued to their seats. The unpredictability of the film makes it palatable. The film is well paced, thrilling; at a level does get scary and painful but it is not precisely gory blood bath that you’d get to see in this flick.
The film boasts of good crop of actors where a character as insignificant as Shobha (Divya Dutta) or that of Jhumli (Huma Qureshi) turn around to add more colour to their character. While few moments with Jhumli make us wince, those spent with Shobha only pique our curiosity. But like we said, these characters only add an element of drama to the tale.
The film may be a crime thriller but is equally high on emotions for otherwise it wouldn’t be a revenge drama. And here the emotions reach out to the viewers only because of Raghu’s sincerity and frenzied attitude. The credit for sketching the character so exceptionally well, although goes to Sriram yet Dhawan brings the character to realization. Without Dhawan’s honest, dainty looks this character’s transformation and manifestation would have been futile. Dhawan thoroughly proves his mettle as an actor with this film. He absorbs himself into the character so much that it effortlessly gains empathy from the audience. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been praised time and again for his prowess as an actor and with character of Liak he does a brilliant task of being sinful, scary yet quirky self.
If compared to Sriram Raghavan’s other thrillers, this one, lacks his signature style. It does not delve into psychology too much. It deals with the happenings on a surface level. The film may be cold blooded but it loses its grip in some spaces yet picks up the pace much too quickly. The climax of the film isn’t what you’d expect and it drags the film tad bit. As also it leaves us with question: Now what next in Raghu’s life? Because his mission is accomplished yet the void remains.
The music of the film which is already a rage amongst the audience needs no special mention. It is the music by Sachin-Jigar which renders the film a hauntingly beautiful quality.
In our view the film deserves to be watched once for Varun Dhawan has given his best so far!