Film Review – Badla

Film review by Rishi Kapoor

Tight script , good editing ,some brilliant performances with a great direction sums up this Thriller.

An official remake of the 2017 Spanish thriller Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest), pulls off a mostly gripping whodunit, something Bollywood rarely manages.

Story of Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu), a powerful businesswoman, finds herself locked in a room, next to the body of her dead lover, Arjun (Tony Luke). With all evidence pointing against her, she seeks the help of the renowned legal eagle, Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan), who in his 40-year illustrious career has never lost a case. Badal needs the “business icon of the year” to recount all the facts in just three hours so that he can prepare his defence and save Naina from her prison term.

What follows is twist and counter-twist, but the finalé is easy to see coming, principally because we expect certain actors to have the last laugh. But the movie never loses grip. As the story goes on, it gets pulpier still.

Credit to Ghosh and his actors for keeping things tight. Besides Bachchan and Pannu, Amrita Singh stands out as a mother with a missing son.Shot beautifully at locations in Scotland and a couple of lesser-known exquisite UK holiday spots, this film is a big-screen spectacle because you can delight in the beauty of the snow-laden countryside.

A well crafted Thriller which is a must watch.