This is a spin off or a prequel as many would like to name it to Neeraj Pandey’s sleeper hit ‘Baby’ and this film is an equally good espionage action thriller watchable for its very well orchestrated action and its high voltage performances. Shabana (Taapsee Pannu) has been selected carefully by a government security agency which is a cross between RAW and the FBI or CIA but Shabana has a past having stayed two years in a juvenile  remand home due to the unintentional murder of her father who was an alcoholic and a wife beater and Shabana is very close only to her mother and not bothering even to accept the attention of her class mate Jai (Taheer Mithaiwala) and once after celebrating Jai’s birthday, a gang of four trouble makers from very rich families kill Jai and even the police led by Inspector  (Jagaanath Nivangune ) don’t show interest in her case to nab the culprits as they are from highly placed political families. But a phone call changes Shabana’s life when an unknown voice on the phone (Manoj Bajpayee) who is a top officer of the government secret agency strikes a deal with Shabana to join his agency in return to lead her to her boyfriends killers in Goa and she does that and after that she is assigned to kill an internationally powerful arms dealer Tony (Prithviraj Sukumaran) who changes names and looks with the help of a Berlin based Plastic surgery doctor with the help of Ajay(Akshay Kumar) And Shukla (Anupam  Kher). The first half lags a bit, with some scenes similar to ‘Aamir’, but after the intermission when the locales are set in Malaysia, the action director and the actors get going and the end result we see is an absorbing spy thriller. Not as good as Baby perhaps but director Shivam Nair who is known more for his romantic dramas does well in getting this espionage thriller to some class. Taapsee Pannu is very good as the Special Agent Shabana and in action and emotions, she does very well. Manoj Bajpayee is terrific. Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher have watchable cameos. Madhurima Tuli shines in a brief cameo. Tahir has Jai does well. Prithviraj has the makings of a good villain. Zakir Hussain provides the much needed relief in a heavy duty movie. Eli Avaram shines in her dancer role. Danny Denzongpa and Murli Sharma are able performers. Virendra Saxena does well and is a very good actor but rarely seen on the big screen. There is no scope for music.  DOP Sudhir Palsane has shot the film with such a moving camera that the frames really fly at you and the action scenes look more breath-taking. His night day transitions and the aerial shots of Malaysia are simply superb. The editing could have been better in the first half.  Overall a zany thriller with edge of the seat action.

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