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BAAGHI 2 is engaging, but in a frivolous way!

Led by constant doses of suspenseful twists, the film makes sure you’re kept involved in what’s unfolding onscreen. However, the content itself is so weak that you’re interested in it merely as a guilty pleasure and are never quite invested. It’s long and mostly overdone, yet a watchable film over this weekend.

A battle-hardened army officer goes in search of his ex-lover's child who is mysteriously kidnapped. Neha (Disha Patani) reaches out to the only person who can help her with her plight, Ronnie (Tiger Shroff). He goes deep into the underbelly of Goa, facing off against drug lords, menacing Russian henchmen, and blood thirsty animals. What follows is a series of daring stunts, chase sequences, air strikes, bomb blasts and large-scale action sequences.

In a film starring Tiger Shroff, one thing you can be assured of, is high octane action. Reality defying stunts are the hallmark of his performance and he has displayed that with aplomb time and again. But one thing that you can never be sure of in his films, is about the quality of content. Yet again, he stars in a movie that’s high on action but low in substance.

The good thing though about his film this time around, is that it takes the script a little more seriously. There is an attempt to keep the audiences glued to the screenplay, albeit in an empty-headed manner. For this, director Ahmed Khan employs timely and suspenseful twists in the plot, which somehow create an enigma of sorts. The final revelation is terribly disappointing though. The treatment is quite immature and its clear that the makers purely intend to play it to the gallery. This film is definitely not for the thinking audience.

The songs are passable, but totally ill-timed. The action, indubitably is high class, but there’s and overdose of it, especially in the climax, where you literally stop paying attention to what is happening. If trimmed by 20 odd minutes, the film could’ve come out as a better overall product. Having said that, the film isn’t a bore by any means. It is a passable affair, no matter how lame it gets.

Tiger Shroff risks himself into a trap of stereotype yet again. Him playing the invincible fight machine, just about defines every role he’s done till date. His physical attributes overshadow his poor acting chops to some extent, but eventually his acting skills have to be honed further for him to fit into some real meaty roles. Disha Patani looks lovely, but she too has limited acting prowess. Then there are some really seasoned actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Deepak Dobriyal and Randeep Hooda, who casually deliver the best performances that this film has to offer. All others, including Prateik Babbar, are a part of the ham-fest, that is BAAGHI-2

To sum up, BAAGHI 2 is totally flawed, but a passable entertainer for most audience types. If you don’t take films too seriously, then you won’t really be bored. Watchable!

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