''Barbaric, but not Bad''
Underworld, Cold-blooded Assassins, The dark underbelly of Uttar Pradesh – This are concepts covered umpteen number of times in Contemporary Hindi cinema. Thus, it by default becomes quite a herculean task for the makers of Baabarr to make their film something different from the usual fares in its league. So they do actually succeed in doing that ? Lets find out.
Baabarr is the story of Baabarr (Sohum Shah), a 12-year old who enters the world of crime literally by chance and doesn’t look back ever since, only to metamorphose in his youth into the most feared individual of sorts in the entire state. Realising its consequences, The Govt. decides to assign the task of putting a stop to his reign to two Cops with contrasting persona but same motive – to arrest Baabarr or kill him!
How they actually go about it and what happens in the process forms the rest of the story.
The story is nothing new, nor does the script have anything particularly novel. However, the director does succeed in telling the story interestingly enough to hold our attention. With some nicely written characters and a well established backdrop of U.P., Baabarr’s first half makes for interesting watch. The 2nd half drags a bit, and the climax twist may look a bit weird, but overall its a nicely executed movie.
A lot of the credit goes to the hand-held Camera that lends a gritty feel to the narrative and the excessively gory but effective action scenes. They elevate the film to another level altogether. Performance wise, Mithun is at his dramatic best while Sohum Shah too makes an impression as the protagonist. And after a long time, Om Puri too looks he is genuinely interesting in playing his character. Among the rest, Sushant Singh stands out without a doubt.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Dum hai, kaafi dum hai but Overall phir bhi thoda kam hai. The film is very good in parts but it doesnt come together as nicely. Still, Baabarr is not an avoidable flick either. Its quite an engaging film, esp. for the action-thriller film lovers.
Rating – 2.5