REVIEW: Badla - An intriguing drama dealing in major plot twist but is predictable if looked closely

"Kya mein wahi 6 dekh raha hu jo tumne mujhe dikhaya ya woh 9 jo mujhe dekhna chahiye tha " , this dialogue alone sums up the entire movie and the ride it is going to offer.


Movie gets straight to the point, story starts rolling directly as the movie starts. Naina Sethi a young businesswoman is accused of murdering her boyfriend Arjun (Tony Luke) in a hotel. Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) is appointed to help her, he gives her limited three-hour time to reveal truth and nothing but the truth as a new witness comes forward to the police. Tapsee as Naina starts telling different layers of the truth. And then in the end after some mind-blowing ( yet obvious, if you look closely ) plot twist , we come to know about the actual truth of the incident.



The movie is a remake of a Spanish movie The Invisible Guest and the story is totally similar, just a little facts are altered, nothing else. The challenge for Sujoy Ghosh was to make this story adaptable for Indian audience and he has done it brilliantly. Sujoy Ghosh has a speciality of linking the character with old mythologies so precisely and thus making the story feel as if it was born here. With references from Mahabharat in the dialogues, the story never felt to be copied from another origin. But Amitabh Bachchan looked pretty sure about everything from the start of the movie, you can almost see in his expression that how sure he is about the story and thus he gives you a inside look if you take a closer look. There should have been more work done to his characterization. After a time it feels like the director is forcefully trying to deflect us from our guesses.



Sterllar performances by Tapsee Panu made this movie a delight. She played the role of altering emotions according to the scene perfectly. Whereas Amitabh Bachchan was good but as mentioned before looked quite confident in his approach. Direction of the movie is as good as it can get, Sujoy Ghosh is the rising lord of making absolute intriguing thrillers. Cinematography was normal, as most of the movie is either in flashback or in a room , there's nothing worth mentioning about it, could have been better at some flashback scenes. Background music is in short quantites but effective when needed. Dialogues are brilliantly written for the story which makes this movie, more interesting.


Overall, this is an amazing thriller, keeps you hooked till the end. No needless waste of time every scene every detail is important. But no matter how much they try to deflect your answer, you can find the right answer in your first guess. Stay loyal to your first guess.


Acting - 3 / 5.

Direction - 3.5 / 5.

Cinematography - 3 / 5.

Script - 3.5 / 5.

Music- 3 / 5.

Final Verdict - 3 / 5.


Definitely worth a watch but try not to look closely.



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