Tiger Shroff has become a brand all of his own, and that too, at a pretty early stage of his career. Like or dislike his brand of cinema, let's face facts: The man has made action movies all his own over the past 5-6 years, is loved by the masses and is poised more than anybody else among gen-Y stars to he the next superstar of Bollywood. No other actor has flown the macho flag higher or kept the action genre rolling more than Tiger has after the likes of Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sunny Deol, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn.
That being said, let's also face some other facts: Tiger cops a lot of flak from critics and the discerning audience primarily because none of his action starrers have really cut across barriers nor have they left a lasting impression like those of the aforementioned superstars had. It's the one thing that has probably been holding him back from expanding his fan-base to the high-end multiplex audience, and, sadly, Baaghi 3 is not going win any favours on that end. In fact, it may do some damage to his already existing fan-following, not to mention the harm that'll be caused to the Baaghi franchise as a whole.
Scroll down to read my full Baaghi 3 review:
What's it about
Baaghi 3 revolves around two brothers, Vikram ( Riteish Deshmukh), the elder sibling, and Ronnie ( Tiger Shroff), the younger one — well, it only revolves around Ronnie, but let's amuse ourselves for a bit — with Vikram being the simpleton softie ans his younger brother being his knight in shining armour, a promise the latter has made to their dying father. Circumstances entail Vikram landing a job in the police force on the claim of his deceased father's service, with Ronnie taking on impossible assignments in his name, earning big bro the moniker of a top cop. The newfound fame lands Vikram a routine paperwork job in Syria, after which, he gets abducted, bringing Ronnie to the country to unleash hell.
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The first half, while no two shakes, at least does enough to hold your attention and the interval block raises hope that something better lies in wait (which turns out to be a false dawn). Both Tiger and
Shraddha Kapoor bring a lot of energy to the table and are well supported by Jaideep Ahlawat. Unfortunately, they can do little with the scraps thrown their way. Candidly speaking, Disha Patani's smouldering appearance in her item number is the best thing about Baaghi 3, and that's in no part due to the dull song itself. What's not
Leaving aside the brainless plot and ridiculous settings, the worst crime Baaghi 3 commits is to severely under-utilise the ferocity and power of its leading man. None of Tiger Shroff's action scenes pack any thrill, and worse still (barring one in a car dump), they come across as stale and wooden. The big scenes involving tanks and military choppers are added for mere show, with weakly conceived action choreography and set pieces. With such bland presentation of the aspect that the audience pays to see such films, what else could Tiger do to save it as hard as he may have tried.
What's more, the ease with which Tiger pulls everything off, reducing dangerous terrorists to buffoons, makes nothing seem earned or fought for, deteriorating the exchanges between our hero and his foes to nothing more than backyard hide-and-seek between school kids. Ahmed Khan could really do with a crash course in direction before taking on the onus of mounting such lavish projects.
Shraddha and Vijay Varma, too, are badly let down by dialogues that require them to talk in riddles or censor swear words at every twist and turn, and censor our senses in the bargain. Also, were we supposed to feel sympathetic toward Ahlawat after all what he had done? That's just the stale cherry on top of the badly constructed script by Farhad Samji. None of the songs, too, other than the Bhankas remake, make a mark. And this is in no way an indictment of masala films or larger-than-life Bollywood action potboilers, both of which I'm a big supporter of. This is just a poor film — period!
Baaghi 3 is similar to Rambo 2 and 3 in terms of the one-man-army concept and resemble Tiger Zinda Hai and War (which had Tiger Shroff, too) in terms of Bollywood scale and ambition. Sadly it neither holds a candle to any other aspect of those films nor does it comprehend that the swag and star-power of your leading man alone can't compensate for the lack of thrill or adrenaline in an action movie. Barring a couple of exciting moments, the movie is nothing more than a glossy shell with nothing within it. I'm going with 1.5 out of 5 stars.
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