Six people. One treasure. Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho is an aspiring attempt to be a Hollywood flick made in Bollywood and he manages to capture the audience’s expectations with the help of powerful dialogues as well as explosive stunts.
The storyline is heavily inspired by the life and times of Gayatri Devi who lost her gold to Sanjay Gandhi – son of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi – who ruled the country like an elected PM. The cast helps in taking the audience back in time and recreating an event that may or may not have happened in reality.
Just as Ajay Devgn is director Milan Luthria’s lucky charm (this is his fourth film with him), his character Bhavani is the Man Friday to Geetanjali Devi. Even when she is in jail during the Emergency, she knows that ‘he’ will come for her and do whatever she would want him to do. He overshadows all those who share the screen space with him including Emraan Hashmi, Sanjay Mishra and the ladies Ajay’s Chaar Din Ki Zindagi line keeps the audience involved because ‘aaj chouta din hai, yehi soch kay zindagi guzar di hai’.
Let me be honest – this is the first time I have loved Emraan Hashmi’s performance in a film. His mera ek dost tha dialogues bring a smile on your face so does his Na sona milega, na sonay ko where he delivers it with the authority required from his character of a thief. He is not playing the lead but as second lead, he takes the story forward with his antics and comic timings.
The bold and beautiful lady of Bollywood plays Geetanjali Devi, a character inspired from Gayatri Devi who was considered the most beautiful Indian woman after Independence. D’Cruz’s performance is what captivates the audience’s imagination as she plays the role to perfection. She dons both Eastern and Western attire and looks glamorous in both. She also has the most lines in the film, since it revolves around her treasure and her imprisonment.
She is smart, she is sexy and she is badass – that’s Sanjana in this heist film where nothing is what it seems. She plays the manager of Geetanjali’s estate and knows what goes in and out hence making herself important to the plot to the steal the gold. She also gets to play Emraan Hashmi’s love interest in the movie who has eyes for girls and gold.
For once, Sanjay Mishra gets a role that is both substantial and crucial to the story in a commercial film. He plays an expert locksmith who plays a mentor to Ajay Devgn’s character; he has some of the wittiest lines in the film, including ones at the climax. He makes Baadshaho is own and is one of the reasons for you to watch the film.
From Commando to Baadshaho, India’s very own action man has come a long way. His mustache may seem fake throughout the film but his dialogue delivery is not. In fact, as the Army officer picked to guard the treasure, he is part of the huge twist at the interval where he comes out as all-powerful, unlike the trailer where he is shown as just another character. His athleticism is one of the reasons why he stands out in the film running on roofs and chasing his man, just as they do in Hollywood.