Baaghi 3 is an action-thriller that is directed by Ahmed Khan. It is a spiritual sequel to Baaghi 2 that tells the story of two brothers, Vikram and Ronnie – played by Ritesh Deshmukh and Tiger Shroff. Ronnie is a rowdy boy who is overprotective of his elder brother Vikram and never lets anyone bully him. His affection crosses a new level when his dying cop-father (Jackie Shroff) demands him to safeguard his brother throughout his life.
Vikram joins the Agra police force on Ronnie’s request, given that he surreptitiously takes down the bad guys and lets his brother have the cake. Everything advances smoothly until Vikram gets kidnapped by the chief of ISIS on a mission to Syria. What follows is Ronnie’s quest to find his brother as he pledges to take down the entire terrorist group on his own.
One does not expect too much from potboilers like Baaghi. Whether it is a perfunctory plot, over-the-top melodrama, unbearable dance numbers, or half-decent performances – there is a checklist for such films that the audience has grown accustomed to and has stopped caring about. All they crave for is a relatively bigger scale, better setpieces, more significant stakes, and definitely more kinetic action.
Baaghi 3 delivers on all the aspects mentioned above. It is an expertly mounted action-potboiler that ensures: a) it has a grand production design, b) stylish action-setpieces, c) glossier visual effects, and d) added room for Shroff to flex his muscles and showcase his acrobatic skills.
If you are fond of such a cinema, Baaghi 3 will please you. It rests entirely on the shoulders of its leading man and Tiger gives his 100%. He looks fantastic, gives extraordinary bare-body poses, and his flying kicks seizes every frame.
He even tries to act so very hard – though, he fails to elicit any emotion. The entire cast, in fact, hams to the hilt. Ritesh Deshmukh is completely wasted in his role as he does very little beyond yelling his brother’s name several times.
The lousy writing stretches to the cheesy dialogues that are anything but funny. The worst lines are delivered by Shraddha Kapoor’s character, who repeatedly vomits self-censored slangs. Provided the film is meant for the family audience, it seems highly inappropriate for the makers to conventionalize slang in the name of entertainment.
The most bothersome aspect, however, lies in the depiction of one of its villains. Played by Jaideep Ahlawat, his character kidnaps kids and their families for suicide bombings. Through the course of the story, the character undergoes a significant transformation and is then portrayed in a positive light.
Given that the film attempts to highlight brotherhood and family bonding, his character counter impacts the morality of Tiger’s character.
This is Ahmed Khan’s sixth-directorial venture. Starting from the multi-starrer Lakeer to Paathshaala – his films show consistent failures in establishing its characters and resolutely highlighting social issues.
With Baaghi 3, he attempts to take a dig on the handicapped system of Uttar Pradesh Police. It not only feels unconvincing but also, carelessly done. For a franchise that was inspired by the Raid film series, it is best to remain cartoonish and avoid being pretentious. That being said, the film does entertain when it is supposed to entertain.
The action choreography is genuinely commendable. Had the writing been good and a certain level of logic was deployed – this would have been an entertaining thriller for all crowds.
The film looks incredible, given the standards of Indian cinema. Dozens of its slow-motion shots are very appealing to the eyes. If nothing else, the cinematography is sure to hold your attention (a tip of the hat to Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran).
A great effort has been put behind staging the fight scenes, and it is worth praising. Though some of it is inspired, with a major scene clearly borrowed from Wonder Woman (Diana dodging bullets), the action is satisfying and the film’s USP.
If this is what you are looking for, plus you admire Tiger Shroff as an entertainer – you will enjoy watching Baaghi 3 on Disney Plus Hotstar. It is terrific and terrible in equal measures. See the trailer below.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
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