Release Date: September 1, 2017
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra
Director: Milan Luthria
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes
Baadshaho is a period film that tracks back to the times of emergency when the government was in the process of confiscating all the gold that was there with the princely states in the country. The movie appears to be a continuation of the action-adventure genre such as Shivaay, which seem to have become the current favorite for Ajay Devgn. Baadshaho also renders a sense of déjà vu, reminding folks of the hugely popular 1999 action-adventure movie Kachche Dhaage. Another noticeable feature of Baadshaho is that it has Emraan Hashmi in a type of a secondary role, which is likely to be among the few rare occasions that he has not been the lead actor in a movie.
The movie begins with the story of Maharani Gitanjali (Ileana), who has been denied her privy purse. To make matters worse for her, the government is in the process of confiscating all the gold that she owns. However, Maharani Gitanjali is not willing to give in to the demands of the government and she plans to rob her own gold that is being taken away by the government. She gives the heist job to her trusted lieutenant Bhawani (Ajay). Bhawani loves the maharani like crazy and he promises to bring back the gold even if it means risking his life. To carry out the heist, Bhawani hires other people in his team including Tikla (Sanjay) who is a lock picker, Daliya (Emraan) who is a daredevil, and Sanjana (Esha) who talks more than she shoots. The team looks formidable, but the heist won’t be easy since they are up against the Army, which is headed by tenacious army man Seher (Vidyut).
Baadshaho works well in individual segments, but it does not come across as a movie that allows the audience to see the big picture. There is a lot of focus on individual characters, which shifts attention from the story. A good movie is where the story itself is enough to highlight a character’s greatness without the need for the characters to blow their own trumpet. However, the cinematography is excellent and certain desert scenes will really mesmerize you. Some of the songs are also soulful.
Baadshaho is purely for action-adventure lovers. If you like high-adrenalin action and the thrill of exploring the great outdoors, this one’s definitely for you.