It’s not about star power or the way the film has been promoted, but it’s about the way Badlapur Boys has been written and executed, as it lacks structure, tone and motivation. Sad but true.
Badlapur Boys is set in a UP village, and gives us a bunch enthusiastic boys who are willing to give up their lives for kabaddi. The premise is fine but then it ends there as the film is a bundle of errors. Bad screenplay, bad execution and bad performances.
Badlapur Boys, a remake of Tamil hit Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, is yet another unfortunate account of a sport that doesn’t deserve to play second fiddle anymore.
The first half of the film shows a lot of promise as you get engrossed in the simple tale of helpless villagers in a drought-ridden village named Badlapur. The inhabitants are desperate to get a water dam to be able to survive. OMG!! This one is so Lagaan.
Anyways, in all of this there is a love story. Vijay (Nishan) meets Sapna (Saranya Mohan) in an annual mela in the village, love blossoms and before he could even ask her name, she goes back to her village with the promise of returning for the next mela.
Now out of now where walks in Singh Sahaab (Annu Kapoor) who eventually trains the boys and as they say the rest is history.
According to the director, Shailesh Verma, his film is a story of the dark horse who, against all odds, dares to dream big. He was inspired by the idea of incorporating an indigenous sport like kabaddi in a compelling drama. But then isn’t Badlapur Boys, a remake of Tamil hit Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. Oops!! Now I am confused.
The hero of this film is cinematographer Sanket Shah who has captured the game better than any kabaddi match one has ever seen.
If not for anyone else, do watch the film for this great technician.
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