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Old 03-30-2018, 06:12 AM
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Default Biggest Flop of the year - Baaghi 2 Movie Review

Baaghi 2 movie review: Tiger Shroff plays to his strengths; Disha Patani's damsel-in-distress act needs work


I can make my peace with Tiger Shroff packing a few punches against fictitious bad guys and grooving to popular songs that one will probably forget even before they end. It has nothing to do with my tolerance levels, and a lot to do with recognising someone's core talent. In Tiger Shroff's case, I'd rather see him in film where I know he's playing to his strengths.

Baaghi 2 follows the story of "one-man army" Ronnie, who is a tough army officer fighting against the evils of society. What makes this run-of-the-mill plot seem interesting is the stoicism with which Tiger approaches his role. Going by the trailer of the film, it is more than apparent that the director of the film Ahmed Khan, doesn't believe in wasting his audience's time (he has, after all, been a director, choreographer and an actor). With stellar actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda and (yes this is a debatable, but we'll save it for another day) Prateik Babbar sharing screen space with Tiger, and a buzz-worthy pairing with Disha Patani, Ahmed seems to be aware of the positioning of the film.

Tiger Shroff in a publicity still for Baaghi 2

The film begins with a brutal attack on Neha (Disha Patani), by two masked men. Meanwhile, we learn of the existence of Ranveer Pratap Singh aka Ronnie (Tiger), who is a special-ops Army officer in Kashmir. Much effort is put into establishing him as a hardcore Army man, who is brave, fit and uber-macho. As a bonus they add in a scene where Ronnie beats up terrorists, establishing his nationalism. The film's plot picks up steam when Neha calls Ronnie for help after her attack. Her daughter's been kidnapped in the assault, and she needs his help.

We are then thrown into a rather childish flashback about how Ronnie and Neha met in college. With the requisite meet-cute songs and cliche dialogues we're given the back story of the two leads; it's everything you imagine it to be (think Kuch Kuch Hota Hai meets every Tiger Shroff film ever). I'm surprised to note that Tiger has learned how to emote, at least as compared to Disha, who barely manages to express fear, when she needs to play the damsel in distress part. Needless to say, the film does better in its taut action sequences. Director Ahmed Khan teases us with only glimpses of those in the beginning, with two hummable but forgettable songs packed into the first 20 minutes.

The action sequences, once they begin, are like a whole other film. Full of swag and agenda, they set the tone of the film. No matter when and how he is beating up people (or getting beat up), Ronnie makes sure to spot an Indian flag and save it from being roughed up. He's a true patriot, and the film takes every chance they get to hammer home the point.

And because one antagonist isn't enough for our hero here, Baaghi 2 places two hurdles in Ronnie's path to finding Neha's daughter. Manoj Bajpayee, who plays the DIG and Prateik Babbar, who plays Sunny, Neha's husband's brother. Babbar plays a caricature of a drug addict: loud, dramatic and pierced, with a Metallica t-shirt and guns in tow. In spite of their talent, lack of direction from Ahmed Khan has resulted in both actors hamming quite a bit.

Baaghi 2's best scenes are between the DIG (Manoj Bajpayee) and LSD (Randeep Hooda), a humourous cop who believes in the adage, when in Rome, be like the Romans. It's why his name has been shortened to LSD (the action has shifted to Goa by this point) and he dresses like a hippie. The dialogues in the film are crisp but corny; I stopped short of rolling my eyes only for the sheer smartness with which they're written. Goa's locales and flavour have been liberally used through the film as well. The plot starts to unmask its layers around the halfway mark, where we learn that Ronnie isn't dealing with a mere kidnapping. There's an underbelly of crime that unravels, one action sequence after another. Deepak Dobriyal stands out as the easily the best performer in the film; he plays Ronnie's aide (albeit one with a questionable moral compass).


Unlike other hyper-masculine action films (cough* Tiger Zinda Hai *cough) in Baaghi 2, Tiger is given more than enough to work with. The action sequences are not merely a platform for him to show his talents. The threats posed are real, and there are high-voltage stunts galore — it's what action was meant to be.
Ultimately, Baaghi 2 surprises you. It's not a well-structured film, and the story has many loopholes; the performances are over-the-top and the plot points convenient. Also, how Baaghi 2 uses its sole woman — yes that's right, there is only one woman in the film (Patani) — says much about what it wants to be. However, some credit must be given to Baaghi 2 for staying true to its genre. If you're a fan of high-action dramas, you may just (gasp!) enjoy this film. It's a pity the film didn't use Manoj Bajpayee and Randeep Hooda's expertise more; they are mere pawns in Tiger Shroff's journey. Now that's the real pity.
This is a first impression of Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani's Baaghi 2. Stay tuned as we send out regular opinionated-updates on the film — first day, first show.
Published Date: Mar 30, 2018 09:55 AM | Updated Date: Mar 30, 2018 11:38 AM
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Tiger Shroff's Baaghi 2 beats Padmaavat to become the biggest opener of 2018

Padmaavat is no match for Baaghi 2!

Tiger Shroff has gone bigger. Anybody who thought two mistakes previously, will retard his pace in the industry, Baaghi 2 must have silenced them. The film’s first day collections are so big that it has left the combined weight of Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor behind. Yes, Baaghi 2 has earned Rs 25.10 crore on day 1 while Padmaavat had made Rs 24 crore. In fact, those were the combined scores of previews and first day numbers. The actual day 1 numbers of Padmaavat were Rs 19 crore. (Also read: Baaghi 2 box office collection day 1: Tiger Shroff’s film gets a BLOCKBUSTER opening, earns Rs 25.10 crore)

Padmaavat had a lot of things riding in its favour. It released on the Republic Day weekend i.e. on January 25. It already saw good trending at previews on January 24 and earned Rs 5 crore. Buoyed by tremendous curiosity about Rani Padmini and jauhar plus the many controversies around it, the film saw amazing numbers on the first day. In fact, all this while nobody could beat those numbers. Ranveer’s villainy, Deepika’s fierceness and Shahid’s resilience made Padmaavat a blockbuster. Sanjay Leela Bhansali obviously was the key here because he has a distinct knack of coming up with amazing period dramas.

But Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 2 defeated them all. The first day collection itself is Rs 25.10 crore and it will only fly from here. Check out the recent numbers here once again…

Baaghi 2 might just break some more records in the coming days.

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Baaghi 2 box office collection day 1: Tiger Shroff's film gets a BLOCKBUSTER opening, earns Rs 25.10 crore

Baaghi 2 takes giant strides from the first day itself.


Tiger Shroff has done it! The actor was nervous about Baaghi 2 but he made it happen. The first day collections of the film is bumper! Baaghi 2 has earned a whopping Rs 25.10 crore on day 1 at the box office which is even bigger than Ranveer Singh’s Padmaavat. The latter had earned Rs 24 crore at the box office. We knew Baaghi 2 would be big but never thought it would create history on its first day itself.

We already told you that the estimated box office collection of the film was pegged at Rs 22 crore on Day 1 but it has far exceeded that. We are pretty sure even the Trade is surprised at these collections. We shared with you how people were warming up to the film already. It had started with a bang at the UAE-GCC market and now the domestic gains are tremendous as well. Check out the numbers right here…

The partial holiday yesterday definitely worked in Baaghi 2’s favour. It was Good Friday yesterday and many had holidays. The film will earn more in the coming days because there is hardly any competition.

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