The saga of revenge, Badlapur, arrived at the cinema this Friday. The word in the market is, it is one hell of a movie. The IMDB rating is as high as 8.3/10. After Badlapur, you can just not identify Varun Dhawan with the Student of The Year aura. Badlapur is one of those movies where an actor comes of age. The storytelling keeps you hooked from beginning to end. While most people would expect some fluff, we are happy to remind you that this one is directed by Sriram Raghavan; the man behind Ek Hasina Thi and Agent Vinod, the fluff is often marinated in the sauce of blood and gore.
The interesting aspect about Raghavan co-writing this tale of bloody revenge is that he reveals who did the deed right at the beginning. The suspense isn’t what grips you; it is the characters and the act of revenge unfolding. The drama that is specifically structured around the men who shoot Raghav’s (Varun Dhawan) wife and child might fail at a few junctures to impress. He gets a call about the death of his family, the only two people he loves the most in this whole wide world, and 15 years later he discovers he has a chance at payback.
In the first half of the movie, a chase is what grips the audiences – how Raghav (Dhawan) beckons all forces around him and his own individual might in tracing the one man who could flee a crime so disdainful. The second half of the movie takes a moralistic tone where revenge itself becomes the talk of the dialogue. One of the men who is responsible for the death of Raghav’s wife and kid, suddenly awakens to the conscientious call of morals. Why the director who is also the co-author of this story brings forth the very crux of the movie as a debate, seems laudable. The idea of revenge in India is very straight forwardly understood – blood for blood. We have continued this bloodlust for years now; why then Raghavan expects his audiences to suddenly understand the paradox of vengeance. All we can do is applaud his efforts.
What Sriram Raghavan ensures is justice – to all characters by actors of good faith and choice. Varun Dhawan has acted par excellence and broken the young boy next door stereotype from the trajectory of his acting career. How one would see the posters and feel, is this Haider all over again, is very likely. The persona that Dhawan adopts isn’t so distinct from Shahid Kapoor but contextually Dhawan adds a flavor of madness new to at least his generation of actors. Dhawan goes to the extent of forcing himself onto Jhumli (Huma Qureshi), the girlfriend/keep of the murder he is chasing. The scene presents the perfect struggle of a man who’d never assumed a form so ghastly has been forced to attempt the unthinkable. At this point, you’d feel that revenge has definitely gone too far and the second half of the movie is wrought with this dilemma. Redemption for the avenger’s soul is the call of the movie by the end.
All in all, Badlapur isn’t a failed enterprise. You’d love the narration; you’d love the acting. You would most definitely love Varun Dhawan. We give it 3.5 stars for it could have carried forth into a untangled tale of bloodlust and done justice to a bloody denouement. To each his own, though! Must watch this over the weekend, we’d suggest.
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