With Badlapur, Shriram Raghavan more than makes up for Agent Vinod. His pedigree of movies like Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar, continues with the mesmerising Badlapur. He turns the sweet romantic boy (both on and off screen), Varun Dhawan (Raghu) and turns him into the seething, revenge seeking and self demolishing 45 year old, who you cannot help but empathise with.Even when you know that he is wrong, you do not accept it. From the very first shot, Raghavan grips you and the grip doesn’t loosen for a single second, throughout the movie.
The movie belongs right up there with the noir likes of Kill Bill and Django Unchained. The characters are unpredictable and you find yourself constantly on the edge to know what Raghu will do next. You can’t help but be amazed by the story telling , with the editing being sharp and not a single scene or a single dialogue that is in excess.
The performances are laudable and Varun Dhawan surprises you with the contrast that he has projected, in comparison to his body of work, up until now. His contemporaries must watch out for him, as he has left them all behind with his intensity in this one.
Nawazuddin Siddique, as the menacing Laik, makes you hate him and even when he is terminally ill, you don’t find yourself feeling sorry for him at all. He has after all killed a young boy and his mother, and doesn’t even feel a speck of remorse for it. His dialogue delivery along with the despicable and vulgar dialogues that he has, bring Laik to life. His attempts to escape from the prison are hilarious too. Huma Qureshi excels and is improving with every movie. Badlapur is her best performance till date.
Koko (Radhika Apte) and Harman (Vinay Pathak) appear for a short duration, but leave their mark. When Koko tells Harman that “Nothing Happened”, you can see that he doesn’t believe her. In that simple scene,which could have otherwise been mundane, Vinay Pathak is just sublime.
And surely, the climax will surprise you too. So be ready to get on a ride that grips you throughout, with Badlapur. It’s a must watch.
My rating : 4/5