*FILM REVIEW* – Baadshaho of Guns and Gals

Film: Baadshaho
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D’Cruz, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta
Director: Milan Luthria
Production House: T-Series & Vertex Motion Pictures
Rating: *** (3/5)

Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho revolves around Bhawani (Ajay Devgn), Rani Gitanjali Devi (Ileana D’Cruz), Dalia (Emraan Hashmi), Seher (Vidyut Jammwal), Tikla (Sanjay Mishra) and Sanjana (Esha Gupta). The story is set in the emergency era of 1975 when the maharajas and maharanis were losing their privy purses.

Rani Gitanjali was one such queen and the film takes off with a very dignified and gracious Gitanjali’s palace being raided for gold and she being arrested for holding it without declaration. The government wants the seized gold to be transported from Rajasthan to Delhi in apparently an invincible truck. Thus begins the heist drama and takes the audiences through some thrills, banter, fun, betrayal and deceit. There’s the cocky Officer Seher driving the truck and Bhawani and his team comprising Dalia, the glamorous Sanjana and the lock picker Tikla with plans to rob the gold.

The ensemble cast and the interesting relationships are the highlights of the film. In fact Ileana D’Cruz as the Rani dressed in chiffon saris and pearls and an immaculate hairstyle is the most intriguing character. Devgn as Ileana’s fearless bodyguard who is smitten with her is as usual riveting at the action sequences and is complemented by the footloose and daredevil Hashmi.

The screenplay is shaky at times especially in the second half and the end is abrupt but what makes the film watchable is Devgn’s intensity, Vidyut’s dynamic entry, the intriguing twists and turns and the dialogues by Rajat Aroraa. Emraan as Dalia impresses with his carefree attitude, in fact he gets to mouth some of the best dialogues.

Already on top of the charts the melodious Mere Rashke Qamar has the magical voices of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The desert landscape looks expansive and breathtaking.

If you are a thriller junkie then Baadshaho will not disappoint you!

Reviewed By: Arti Saxena