Eight reasons why ‘Badla’ looks seductive

‘Badla’ directed by Sujoy Ghosh hit the screens on Friday. Here’s why one would be tempted to watch this film

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Subhash K Jha

  • Sujoy Ghosh is the master of seductive suspense. His film may (Kahaani) or may  not (Kahaani 2) work at the box office. But there’s no doubt he knows how to play Bollywood’s Agatha Christie at a tea party with Alfred Hitchcock when  Brian de Palma suddenly drops in. Badla has a gripping plot about murder and betrayal which will have you guessing till the end.
  • It’s an original!  What a change from all the rip-offs that we’ve been watching lately. Everything from the brilliant Gully Boy to the ugh Total Dhamaal seems derivative. Badla is completely a unique  story or so Sujoy swears. I don’t know whether to trust him. He HAS directed Alladdin and Delivery Boy.
  • The Big B is back. Now matter how old he gets, even after 50 years of film acting, his penchant for screen salvation remains undiminished. This is Mr Bachchan’s first release for 2019. Last year he featured in the disastrous Thugs Of Hindostan. Everyone makes mistakes, Even God. I mean, even Aamir Khan.
  • Big B and Tapsee together again after the marvelously empowering Pink. Again, he plays a lawyer though a far more grounded one this time. Nothing bi-polar about this  attorney. Tapsee plays his client accused of murder. Yup, there is a dash of  Alfred Hitchcock in Sujoy’s brew this time.
  • Hero-Heroine but no romance.  Mr B is the hero. Ms Pannu is the heroine. They are  generations removed and yet they’re the plot’s protagonist, like Harrison Ford and  Julia Ormond in Sabrina. Why must every lead pair be romantically involved? Badlaa  tells you why they don’t have to be .
  • The first suspense thriller in Hindi cinema since Kahaani that will have guessing till the end. The conclusion is so unexpected you will find your jaw dropping off from your face. The  build-up of the tension is nothing compared with what lies underneath.
  • Badla was a film in 1974 which starred Shatrughan Sinha as fugitive on the run. It was a hit. This Badla with Amitabh Bachchan is a world apart. But Sujoy claims to  have always been inspired by the hardcore mainstream revenge sagas. “What is a film without its core of vendetta in the drama? It’s like a biryani dish without the fish,” says Sujoy. Nothing fishy about Badla.
  • Sujoy had the script for Badla with him for nearly ten years. He wanted to make  it with Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan. But then life has other plans. Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the suspense film you won’t forget for a very long time.

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Published: 8 Mar 2019, 1:13 PM