Badla Review

Directed by Sujoy Ghosh (of Kahaani fame), Badla is an official recreation of Spanish hit Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest). The movie has received great reviews from critics and audiences alike, its generating strong word of mouth and is expected to boost business in a major way.

Naina (Taapsee Pannu), a married businesswoman gets involved in an accident along with her lover, Arjun (Tony Luke). The various possibilities are gradually revealed over the conversations between Naina and her lawyer, Badal (Amitabh Bachchan) over the course of 120 minutes, with Naina presenting proof of her innocence and Badal teasing her with other possibilities to find out if she is really speaking the truth.

Badla is cleverly scripted and executed thriller, with great performances from Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, ably supported by Amrita Singh. Its definitely among the better thriller films coming out of Bollywood, and the initial response to the film is great.

In the first half an hour or so, the director tries to build the various premises, its only after that the movie really picks up pace and gets interesting. While its a good film, its not a brilliant film, because towards the end some of you will be able to guess the ending.

I personally would have love to see a different ending. Amitabh Bachchan removing his mask and turning out to be the victim’s father was very cliche. Also, if you are the victim’s father and if the murderer of your son is sitting right in front of you, its difficult to be so calm, composed and be so intelligent.


Nevertheless, its a good movie. If you’re movie buff, you need to watch it.

Ratings:.3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: News18
The film’s zig-zag plotting is its biggest strength although it’s not especially hard to figure out the ending. Yet Ghosh keeps the suspense at boiling point and the viewer invested in the outcome. Badla is handsomely mounted, unfolding for the most part in atmospheric, gloomy, wintertime Glasgow. The film doesn’t pack the wallop that Kahaani delivered, but it’s a respectable enough thriller that seldom loses grip of its pace or your attention.I’m going with three out of five.
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Ratings:.3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site: Twitter
An edge-of-the-seat thriller with incredible suspense… Well-knit screenplay keeps you hooked… Sujoy Ghosh crafts the whodunnit with expertise… Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee and Amrita Singh, all brilliant.
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Ratings:.2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: Filmcompanion
Badla is an official adaptation of the 2016 Spanish movie The Invisible Guest. I purposely didn’t watch that film because I didn’t want to taint my experience of this one. Despite that, about halfway through Badla, I predicted the end. Which isn’t a sign of how smart I am. It’s more an indication that this film isn’t as clever as it thinks it is. Badla remains watchable until the end but it doesn’t become essential viewing. I’m going with two and a half stars.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rachit Site: Times Of India
Director Sujoy Ghosh has made a habit of pulling off complex thrillers like Kahaani and Kahaani 2 with ease, and with the multi-layered narrative of Badla, he seems right at home. The cinematography by Avik Mukhopadhyay, the editing by Monisha R Baldawa and the background score by Clinton Cerejo compliment Ghosh’s edge-of-the-seat storytelling. The predictability of the screenplay dampens the thrills occasionally, also the climactic twist requires a healthy dose of suspense of disbelief. But, even the seasoned genre faithfuls will agree that Badla offers a creative and thrilling end to a captivating mystery.
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Ratings:.3/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site: Hindustan Times
Dead men quell no tales. You cannot defame the dead, and they aren’t around to disagree. Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla features a slick, relentlessly twisty cat-and-mouse game played with both cat and mouse sitting in the same room, strategising across a table. A woman has been accused of murdering her lover, and a lawyer wants to get to her truth in order to defend her. Neither believes in the other, and both will do anything to uncover the truth of the other — even lie.
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Ratings:.3/5 Review By: Saibal Site: NDTV
Badla is a crime thriller that lifts itself out of the limitations of the form by spotlighting questions of guilt and retribution without diluting its edgy quality. The film’s multiple twists and turns will work best if you haven’t seen Contratiempo. But even if you have, the quality of the acting and the technical finesse on show – Avik Mukhopadhyay’s unobtrusive yet effective camerawork is especially noteworthy – make Badla an unmissable film.
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Ratings:.3/5 Review By: Shubhra Site: Indian Express
Two dead bodies. Two locations: one in the open, in a forest; the other a closed-room, made popular by Agatha Christie’s novels. Are the two connected? Who is the killer? The one who is arrested? Or someone else? Badla, an official remake of a Spanish murder mystery, pulls off a mostly gripping whodunit, something Bollywood rarely manages.
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What is BADLA about? (BADLA STORY)

A young married business woman (Taapsee) finds the body of her dead lover in the room of a remote hotel. The police believes she is the killer. She hires a well-known lawyer (Mr Bachchan) to help her get out.

BADLA RELEASE DATE: Mar 8, 2019 (India), on International Women’s Day.
BADLA CAST: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Producer: Gauri Khan, Sunir Khetarpal, Akshai Puri, Gaurav Verma
Run Time: 1 hour 58 Minutes

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