Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Rana Daggubati, Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Madhurima Tuli, Rashid Naz, Kay Kay Menon
Director: Neeraj Pandey
What’s Good: It’s an out an out Neeraj Pandey film. Baby hands down comes out as of the best films when it comes to mixing a subject like terrorism. It is like an Indian version of Body Of Lies.
What’s Bad: Almost nothing. I don’t know any better way this film could have been presented.
Loo break: Don’t move!
A team of selective officers is given a five year mission termed ‘BABY’. They undergo covert operations to hunt down and kill terrorists.
One such dare devil officer is Ajay (Akshay Kumar). The movie is a story of their last mission in this 5 year plan. Alongside Ajay are other officers played by Rana Daggubati and Tapsee Pannu who join him on his operations. The head of this intelligence is Feroze (Danny Denzongpa) and it is he who narrates the entire mission.
Baby Review: Script Analysis
Gripping is the word. The first ten minutes itself set the pace of this action thriller. This is a completely nail biting tale and has you hooked to it. Neeraj Pandey sets the standard really high and has a daring take at terrorism. The story is on the face and the script with dialogues such as “India ek pareshan mulk hai” and “Main religion category mein Indian likhta hoon, Capital mein!” completely bowls you over.
I truly appreciate these dialogues over forced punchlines staple to other commercial dramas. Like a typical Neeraj Pandey film, the story is well-explained and the plot is clear. He is extremely good at bringing the raw action on celluloid and also the choice of setting for the plot which moves from Nepal, Middle East, Turkey and India is well thought out.
Baby Review: Star Performances
Akshay Kumar fits the role with ease. He has always been the quintessential action hero and in this too he excels. Although I do feel, the content overpowers this film and so it’s not Akshay’s best.
Danny Denzongpa is seen after Bang Bang and he gives a power packed performance here as well. The casting being perfect, he holds his character extremely well.
Anupam Kher enters in the second half and is quite funny with his quirky character as Shuklaji.
Tapsee Pannu impresses with her action scene and shows her potential to star in films which have a heroine pulling off some action and kicking ass.
Rana Daggubati is truly like hulk in the film. He does not get a chance to talk much but then again his personality speaks volumes for his role.
Rashid Naz, the Pakistani actor, who plays the antagonist is brilliant as Maulana. You truly hate him all through the film.
Baby Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
What are the main elements for an action thriller? A gripping story, great actors and action sequences that give you chills. Summed up all ans that is what Baby is. Content is king here and the director’s talent of building it up is what marvels in this film.
The cinematography is excellent and the first scene itself from Istanbul is praiseworthy. Pandey knows how to call spade a spade and so the film is bold in spite of dealing with issues of India and Pakistan. After a long time Baby is a film which shows you the other side of India who is not always a peace loving nation.
The background score drives the film perfectly as it rises the tempo when a nail-biting chase is on. There is a lot of familiarity with all Neeraj Pandey films and even though his style of story telling is quite similar, it works for the content at hand.
Baby Review: The Last Word
Baby is a must-watch film with rich content. This action thriller will woo you if you are a fan of watching raw action where blood spills and guns are trotted. An honest work that dares to bare terrorism and its religious connection. What I loved most about the film was its quality to hook you and I am going with a 3/5 for this film.
Baby releases on 23rd January, 2015.
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