Badla Movie Review: Amidst tough times for Thrillers, Badla succeeds in keeping you engaged throughout until a cliched Climax.
Last Modified On: 08 March 2019 | Reviewed By: Ravi Mondeti
Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu starrer, Badla, is a tale of revenge which also underplots deception when we narrate our version of an incident how we change facts to make us look good. The movie is enjoyable and intriguing till you get to know how the revenge is taken, i.e. climax.
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Badla is the story of A young businesswoman (Tapsee), who wakes up in a locked hotel room next to the body of her dead lover. She hires a prestigious lawyer (Amitabh) to defend her. will they be able to find out what happened? Forms rest of the plot.
An official remake of a Spanish movie 'The invisible Guest', Badla is almost an exact rip of the original except for the modification made to fit the gender swap of characters in this version.
Thrillers are a risky genre these days, with audiences getting smarter day-by-day and internet, it's too hard to hide a hard-hitting secret till the climax, also given the speculation around the movie begins from the trailer release itself. Hence we see very few offerings of thrillers these days and added success of 'Kahani' series expectations are very high from a Sujoy Ghosh film.
Though Badla is a tale of revenge, it also underplots deceptions like when we narrate our version of an incident how we manipulate facts to make ourselves look good. The movie is enjoyable and intriguing till you get to know how the revenge is taken, i.e. climax. You may call it cinematic liberty or believable lies, But it's bit difficult to digest if it can happen for real. If you can get on board with that then Badla is a treat to watch.
The performances are good and to the point, with most of the screentime taken by Amitabh and Tapsee. Tapsee's portrayal makes you suspect her character from the Beginning itself, perhaps that didn't well good the film. whereas Amitabh Bachchan did complete justice to his Character.
Dialogues are edgy and are well written, some dialogues may turn into quotes as well. Music is mostly BGM and not that remarkable but okayish.
Overall the movie seems good and I would pay ₹200- ₹225 for a ticket.
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Average Critic Rating:3.5 out of 5.0 based on 4 critic reviews.
Reviewed by: Ravi Mondeti | No rating in stars
Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu starrer, Badla, is a tale of revenge which also underplots deception when we narrate our version of an incident how we change facts to make us look good. The movie is enjoyable and intriguing till you get to know how the revenge is taken, i.e. climax. Read full review
Reviewed by: MAYUR SANAP | Rating:
Sujoy Ghosh, who previously helmed suspense thrillers like Kahaani series and Te3n, is back with Badla - an official remake of Spanish thriller 'Contratiempo' - starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu. In a season of fat blockbusters, a picture as smart and compact as this one comes as a surprising treat. Read full review
Reviewed by: Meena Iyer | Rating:
The film opens showing a man and a woman in a surreptitious relationship. Both are happy in their marriages but they are also "happy to seek pleasure" with one another. Of course, their affair comes to a grinding halt when they get involved in a car crash during one of their private getaways. Read full review
The Times of India
Reviewed by: Rachit Gupta | Rating:
Since revenge stories are literally done-to-death in cinema, crafting a smart thriller around the same old saga requires smart execution and tactfulness. Director Sujoy Ghosh’s 'Badla' delivers solid thrills and genuine twists with great effect. This whodunit, keeps the viewer engaged and constantly guessing about the big reveal. The fact that this is a remake of the Spanish film The Invisible Guest does not matter too much. The solid performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, along with the eye-for-detail in writing by Ghosh and his team, make the film a thrill-a-minute ride. Read full review