Badlapur Boys Hindi Movie Review
As an indigenous Indian sport, Kabaddi deserves a lot more. The year has been good in such terms as the sport managed to get a lot of eyeballs thanks to the Pro Kabaddi League. And a film on the sport was only the next conceivable thought to take the sport's appeal further. Unfortunately, Badlapur Boys is not quite that film!
A story about a group of boys from a stuck-in-time village in UP, Badlapur Boys displays their struggle to make an impact. The guys have their back-stories which push them to become bigger as team. The lead, Vijay (Nishan Nanaiah) is determined to make his father's sacrifice count - the father had set himself on fire to get the authorities to notice the village's plight. And Kabaddi is the way he sees towards redemption. His talent is spotted by a reputed coach Surajbhan Singh (Annu Kapoor).
The story involved the team accepting Vijay and then going on to win (like all underdog stories). In doing so the screenplay delves into unnecessary and cliched melodrama. Not to forget the forced romance, with badly choreographed songs! And course a fair amount of hindrances - that a small team playing in the big league face.
Director Shailesh Verma in his first film shows enough promise to have delivered better with a tighter script. His attempt to deal with too many things does not help the film.
Everyone is this film sticks to being average. Production to performances, nothing stands out. Poor Nishan looks panic-stricken when made to dance to soulless tunes. Music in fact could have played a far better role in the film (Remember Chak De! India). Even the usually brilliant Annu Kapoor seems off colour.
On the whole, Badlapur Boys is an uninspiring tale. You could watch it if you are really starved of entertainment - It is the better month releases this week. Or could just wait for it to hit the tube!
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