Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, TaapseePannu, Amrita Singh
A gender-reversed remake of the 2016 Spanish hit movie, Contratieompo, if you have watched the Spanish movie or not- Badla is still worth watching. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Badla is an Amitabh Bachchan and TaapseePannu starrer movie. The films take reference and ideas of Mahabharata- especially Lord Krishna, Arjuna, Draupadi, Dhritarashtra, and Sanjaya.
As per the title which is Badla meaning revenge, a viewer might get a spoiler that the film is about some sort of revenge. But, the brilliance of actors and the camera work works fine for the film and always sticks the audience to the screen which makes them forget about everything else. The film is about how dangerous half-truth can be, things are not what they seem to be and people are not the same what they pretend to be.
Sujoy Ghosh who has previously made Kahaani in this genre was also a super-hit movie which kept the audience on the edges of the seat. In this movie, you get the same vibes too. Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) who is a retired advocate and has never lost a case in 40 years takes the case of Naina (TaapseePannu), who is accused of a crime which she hasn’t committed. Naina is a wife and a mother who is having an affair with a guy who has been murdered and she’s further accused of it. The story isn’t that simple and sweet- with the incoming of side characters, side plots, angles, and twists, the audience is always engaged and sits on the hook.
Also, if you have read Agatha Christie;’s novels, you might find the story quite similarly shaped- two dead bodies- one in the forest and other in a hotel room, their connection and the biggest question- Who is the killer? This film sounds like that only where Tapsee is the accused murderer and Amitabh Bachchan is her no-nonsense taking legal eagle. You can try booking tickets online and grab good discount via Bookmyshow Coupons.
All the interrogation held in a closed building which will bring the memories of courthouse drama of Pink. The story is not a two-hander- just between Badal Gupta and Naina. Not only the man who dies in the Scottish countryside, but there are also has many other character which add value to the plot of the film like the roles of (ManavKaul, Amrita Singh, and TanveerGhani) and the no-nonsense lawman (Denzil Smith).
The cat and mouse game between the Badal and Naina see very ups and down. As the two character goes into the deep conversation, Badal comes to know more and more. The murder mystery questions, various versions of the truth, and perspective changing from one to another- this all binds the audience with the story.
After the story is unfurled, the old advocate concludes that a person who knows only the truth is a fool. He asserts that it is equally important to know the difference between falsehood and the truth. It is also one of the references taken from Lord Krishna’s updesh to Arjuna. As he said, somewhere between truth and web if lies, there are many half-truths which can disturb the whole scene. Getting it into the movie with such instances roots you deep into the movie- that’s the aura of Badla and its spellbinding characters.
Along with the story, the premises are kept intriguing which boasts the screen performance of the movie stars. Every now and then, you see a twist popping as the lawyer and his client come across each other. The lawyer is not only the old man who wants to bring the truth out but also uses his wit to unfold some pages. When he asks for “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”, we see the events which led to bloodshed and loss of two lives. One died in a remote forest road and other in a hotel room. A wily search takes the film ahead with some facts twisted that shifts the focus sometimes from reality.
Badla does not follow the original plot of Catalan writer-director, Oriol Paulo till the last detailing. The story is relocated to Glasgow and Aviemore in Scotland instead of Barcelona and Bierge. Moreover, the characters are also switched from a male businessman with a married lady who has an affair with a photographer (Tony Luke) who has a British wife. The tensions between them arise that further threatens to destroy the woman’s life: a luxurious life, beautiful family and swinging a major Japanese deal. You can also try saving money with available best Freecharge Offers for movie booking which will amazing discount.
The only thing very fishy and odd in this whole movie is that everyone speaks fluent Hindi when they all are so far away from home. Also, every one is from Indian origin- Not understandable! Although one actor gets the lines with South Indian accent. Badla does look unconvincing here but the core of the film is how every layer slides and moves the story forward. Every little to little niggle has been taken care of and sometimes play an important part in the story. The way conversations between the old witty lawyer and the successful businesswoman attach you to the plot and both the actor look very convincing and creates a wonderful aura- like they did in their last courtroom drama, Pink. Rani Kaul (Amrita Singh) as the mother plays a really nice role and looks equally convincing in her dialogues and screen space too.
Overall, Badla is a stunning crime thriller which keeps its audience hooked till the end- thanks to the power of truth which comes out in the form of guilt and retribution sometimes and the spellbinding performance of the Amitabh Bachchan and TapseePannu. If you haven’t seen the Spanish thriller, Contratiempo, then this movie will turn out the best for you in recent times. If you have, it is still not going to disappoint you. The quality of acting by the legend itself, the technicality which is been taken care of and not to forget the fine camerawork by Avik Mukhopadhyay- makes Badla a sure shot watch.