It has a gripping first ten minutes, it has a confused second half and it has Divya Dutta; well we are talking about Badlapur that stars Varun Dhawan, Yami Gautam, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte and Vinay Pathak.
Badlapur is all about Raghu (Varun Dhawan) who is caught up in a mess when his wife Misha (Yami Gautam) gets killed in a bank robbery.
Nisha is shot by Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) when she tries to protect her son after they hijack her SUV as they run from the police after a bank robbery. Raghu’s kid, Robin, falls on the road and dies after the SUV collides with a car.
Liak gives his partner, Harman (Vinay Pathak), the gun to keep in the bag full of loot and lets him off before surrendering to the police claiming that he was just the driver who had no hand in the robbery or shooting.
Harman runs away with the money but Liak is charged with robbery and murder and is given a sentence of twenty years.
Raghu spends fifteen years mourning as he shifts to Badlapur from Pune where the incident haunts him. In all of this Raghu does not forget to have sex with a couple of women he meets including Jhimli (Huma Qureshi) who is a prostitute. Guess India is a sex starved country. Oops!!
Badlapur takes a turn the moment Shobha (Divya Dutta) walks in. Suddenly the film that was aimlessly running gets a direction.
In all of this Harman and his wife Koko (Radhika Apte) end up getting murdered with a hammer. Wow now that’s cleaver screenplay.
To add to the madness, Raghu now has Liak’s share of the money that he and Harman had robbed fifteen years ago. Must say, Harman was a true friend as he did not spend a penny from Laik’s share.
I wonder, how come the police or the officers at the crime branch could not trace the money that went missing. Why did they not even question the driver as per Liak’s confession. Oh!! That’s cinematic liberty.
Coming to the performances, Nawazuddin Siddique has an author backed role and he does justice to it, while Varun Dhawan disappoints as his efforts to look intense just falls flat. Yes you can grow a beard, add a dash of grey to look old but then remember not to take off your shirt because your body still looks very young and fit. Oops!! It’s all about getting into the skin of the character.
However the screen lights up the moment you see Divya Dutta play her part. She is one girl who beats everyone in terms of her acting abilities.
What’s ironical is the fact that this talented girl gets her credit way below the other three girls who add nothing to the film.
Badlapur is extremely exciting and gripping in the first ten minutes but then drags and drags and drags.
As the poster rightly says, Don’t Miss The Beginning, cause if you do then you are lost and then there is no point sitting through this one.
It has a gripping first ten minutes, it has a confused second half and it has Divya Dutta; well we are talking about Badlapur that stars Varun Dhawan,...2.5