Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu
Written by: Sujoy Ghosh, Raj Vasant, Amrita Singh
BADLA is the Indian remake of the much appreciated Spanish thriller THE INVISIBLE GUEST. It is the story of a murder accused trying to prove her innocence. Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu) is a successful business woman based out in London who is married and has a daughter. But, her life turns around when she is accused of murdering her lover Arjun Joseph (Tony Luke). All the evidences are stacked against her as she was the only one in the hotel room which had doors and windows locked from inside and there was no possible was anyone could have come in or gotten out. She claimed that there was a third person who killed Arjun and she is being set up. Naina’s lawyer Jimmy Punjabi (Manav Kaul) realises that it’s a tricky situation. Hence he hires expert defence attorney Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) to ensure she doesn’t have to go to jail. Badal reaches Naina’s residence and he begins his own investigation. Upon instigating her to tell the truth, a lot of skeletons fall out of Naina’s closet which form the missing pieces of the puzzle of the film. She reveals that the murder of Arjun could have something to do with the disappearance of a man from a small town in Aviemore. What happens next, forms the rest of the film.
The film being a remake of the original Spanish one, not much difference in how and where the journey starts and how and where it ends. The film as it gradually progresses, becomes quite predictable and it kills the fun of a thriller; and the film is only fun when it can prove your prediction wrong. Sujoy Ghosh has done a good job adapting the screenplay and has done justice to it.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Avik Mukhopadhyay is good and he captures the scenes from outside the country really well. Editing by Monisha R Baldawa is good but it could have been better in a few places. The background score was really good and it went with the film nicely. There was not much scope for music in the film besides the title song in the film which plays in the opening credits. The production design was also great, as was the costume design.
Performances from the actors were great. Amitabh Bachchan is brilliant as ever. Taapsee was superb as well, especially with the way we see various shades in her character similar to how the onions has many layers. They both together keep the audiences engaged throughout the film. Besides them, Amrita Singh stands out with her performance too. Tony Luke is fine. Manav Kaul does well in his small role. The rest of the cast offer abled support.
Director Sujoy Ghosh has done justice to the original film and has made a really good and an engaging film. Such films have become his forte and he looks at home with this one as well.
At the box-office
The film has taken a good start and the world of mouth of the film is good as well, which means it will eventually be a plus film for its makers.