The axe forgets; the tree remembers. The movie Badlapur, starts with this proverb, clearly indicating that it is all about revenge. The movie is directed by Sriram Raghavan, an experienced director, who gave us movies like Agent Vinod, Jhonny Gaddar and Ek Haseena Thi. This crime thriller is dark, violent and a twisted revenge drama. You would either love this or reject this, there is no middle way.
The story is about a young man Raghav, who seeks revenge of the murder of his wife (Misha) and innocent child (Robin). But as the story moves you will experience the twisted tale of human emotions, dark upsurge, obsession and compulsive human nature.
The canvas is old but the story is well written. The movie is reportedly based on true story. Sriram and Biswas deserve applause for introducing so many twists in the story that each time you expect the climax but story moves again. Screenplay is at high pace and well crafted.
BADLAPUR is filled with great performances. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, as antagonist, is at par excellence. He is truly a cinematic genius. He is a precious asset of Indian cinema. He acted in different layers to play Laik. The deeper the layer, the best of this genius actor comes to screen. He is the USP of the movie. He played some scenes too realistically that one may forgets that he is watching a movie, especially, in the sequence of climax. Varun Dhawan is a very ambitious actor. From boyhood movies to such a serious movie, he left no stone unturned to feel the pain of his character. He did full justice to his role and it is his best act till date. Yaami Gautam and Huma Qureshi are in small roles and played well their part. Radhika Apte and Vinay Pathak imprint in their cameos.
Sriram Raghavan, as the captain of the ship, did full justice to his work. Though, he has amazed us with his unique take on Jhoony Gaddar and Ek Haseena Thi. BADLAPUR will be another gem for his crown. His realistic approach to handle the subject makes him a top notch director of this age. The cinematography is noticeable as the heavy portion of the movie shoot in dark and indoors. The editing is crisp. Music and background score by Sachin-Jigar is impressive. Especially, ‘Jee Karda’, ‘Jeena‘ and ‘Judai‘, all three J tracks deserves full marks. It is important to find space for good songs in action movies but the musicians impresses us with these fresh tracks. Backgrounds score is fantastic and left no opportunity to tremble your heart fast.
When movie ends, you would probably think deeper that how human behavior changes with the wish to do something better, no matter how much intense the revenge is. The movie is realistic and explores a different approach to see the things. The well written screenplay compliments to one of the finest performance of 2015. This dark flexed tale of revenge and human emotions deserve at least one watch. My final verdict is, go for it.