Actors: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh
Directed by Ahmed Khan
Ahmed Khan is back with Baaghi 3, an action drama with two brothers, Ronnie (Tiger Shroff) and Vikram (Riteish Deshmukh). As it turns out, Ronnie, the younger, is a tough guy, while older brother Vikram is a bit of a weak kid. Fittingly, they are the sons of an upright policeman (Jackie Shroff) who dies on duty. No wonder Ronnie has the job of looking after Vikram from her father. In a clever turn, the Vikram joins the police with a little help from his brother Ronnie. Their escapades together, where the bad guys are mostly roughened, earn Vikram the honor for a while, but eventually land him in hot water.
Baaghi 3 is an adaptation of the Tamil film Vettai with R. Madhavan and Arya. The story is reminiscent of old-fashioned Hindi cinema, but Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala pack it with twists that try to add a touch of freshness to the proven format.
However, a foreign locale, bone-breaking scenes one after the other, and stacking helicopters instead of cars don’t make an entertaining film. Farhad Samji’s script lacks the balance between emotion and action that is required in an overarching formula on which the film is based. In this case, exceptional performances, which are sometimes pleasing, cannot be saved. That Ronnie is a one-man army that, even in Syria – where he has never set foot until he arrives to save his brother – can achieve what America, Russia and Israel have failed to feel exaggerated! After a while, our hero’s one-sided antics, beating an army of terrorists, led by their mastermind Abu Jalal (Jameel Khoury), turn out to be boring and exhausting.
Tiger Shroff is, as always, sincere and great when it comes to the action scenes, but now, after a series of hits, he also has to raise the bar a few levels in terms of histrionics. Riteish Deshmukh lands the smaller part and clearly one that is largely signed. Given its weird flair, it would have been a lot more fun to give Deshmukh a meatier role. War, Tiger Shroff’s recent outing, where he teamed up with Hrithik Roshan, is a good example of the effective combination of two actors in an action story. Baaghi 3 doesn’t do this despite its entertaining source material.
Sharddha Kapoor and Ankita Lokhande also have little to do except play the cheerleaders and assistants in question. Jaideep Ahlawat and Vijay Varma in the supporting cast suffer the same fate.
Director Ahmed Khan obviously has a knack for leading big action players, but Baaghi 3 certainly doesn’t qualify as his best. That being said, this is a film that is obviously aimed at the audience with just one screen. Given Tiger Shroff’s loyal following, it may only work at the box office.
It’s a shame that despite its anti-gravity stunts and impressive firepower, Baaghi 3, the third edition of a successful franchise doesn’t end with a bang, but with a whimper.
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