Rating : 3.5/5
Title : Baadshah
Starring: NTR, Kajal Agarwal, Navdeep, Siddharth, Kelly Dorjee and others
Ranjan (Mukesh Rushi) is a trusted lieutenant of mafia don, Saadhu Bhai (Kelly Dorjee). Ranjan operated a profitable casino in Macau and his son, Baadshah (NTR) enters in to a tangle with Saadhu Bhai. With the help of rival Dons Crazy Robert (Ashish Vidyardhi) and Violent Victor (Pradeep Rawat), Saadhu tries to eliminate Baadshah and his family. On the other side, Baadshah with the help of Janaki (Kajal) and her father Jai Krishna Simha (Nasser), a police commissioner tries to counter the evil plans of Saadhu. As the story unfolds, interesting things are revealed. What are they? How they change the course of the movie is the rest of the story.
How they performed?
NTR is literally flawless in the movie. His styling, dialogue delivery and emotions are all impeccable. He had done a wonderful job with his comedy timing. Dances especially in Sairo Sairo and Rangoli songs are too good. Kajal plays the role of Janaki who is a interior designer in Milan. After a long time, she had got a good role. The comedy she emotes with the Banthi Philosophy is too good.
Brahmanandam is hilarious as Inspector Padmanabha Simha. His comedy track in the major asset of the movie. M.S. Narayana once again gets a superb role as film director Revenge Nageswara Rao with some resemlance to Ram Gopal Varma. Vennela Kishore also contributed his part in the first half. Navdeep has done well as an evil cop. Hero Siddharth has a very small but very crucial role in the film. Nasser, Ashish Vidyardhi, Pragathi are good. Jayaprakash Reddy, Brahmaji, Tanikella Bharani, Master Bharath, Chandra Mohan and Thagubothu Ramesh are wasted in not so important roles.
As every time, Srinu Vaitla banked on his strength i.e., comedy. The story is just like old wine in a new bottle. You can even relate several scenes to Vaitla’s earlier movie. But he did the trick with excellent characterizations. As every movie of his Brahmi and MS Narayana played a crucial role in the movie. He cleverly added the Justice Chowdary and NTR’s song medley episodes to enthrall Nandamuri audience which will work wonders with them.
One liner dialogues and Screen play from writer duo – Kona Venkat and Gopi Mohan worked big time. All the songs composed by Thaman are chart busters and are well shot too. His BGM work also deserves the applause. MR Verma’s scissors should have been more sharper especially in the first half. AS Prakash art work is good and the production values are superb.
Baadshah has many similarities to Srinu Vaitla’s early movies but still he manages to keep the audience engrossed with some good comedy tracks. The first half of the movie is good with some excellent performance by MS Narayana supported by NTR and Kajal. The movie slowed down a bit towards the interval bang. The second half of the movie is a total laughing riot with all the comedians unleashed. Go for it!