Claps for: Anushka Sharma and the grittiness of the movie
Slaps for: Predictable story and wasting Darshan Kumar
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: Meera(Anushka Sharma) and Arjun(Neil Bhoopalam) are the quintessential high-earning urban couple with the typical lifestyle i.e. working hard, partying hard etc. One night, Meera happens to be travelling alone on Delhi's roads and finds herself attacked by unknown people while driving. She manages to escape by the skin of her teeth and applies for a gun license for better protection. Arjun decides to cheer up Meera on her birthday and books a villa a few hours drive from Gurgaon. They hit the NH 10 for a journey that will change their lives forever!
Performances: The movie is all about Anushka and she does rise to occasion. She is convincing as Meera and portrays her emotions well. This movie definitely shows how much she has grown as an actor. No wonder she decided to produce the movie herself! A very good performance from Anushka, probably her best! Coming to the rest, Neil Bhoopalam as Arjun is decent and Deepti Naval puts in a cameo as well. Darshan Kumar gave us the impression in the trailer and also the beginning of the movie, that he just could be the one to watch out for! Alas, he fades away as the movie progresses, which, actually, is not his fault as that is how his role has been incorporated into the film. It does feel as a sheer waste of talent!
Direction: Navdeep Singh is known for making the off-beat thriller, the slow-paced 'Manorama Six Feet Under'. He succeeds in giving a dark, gritty feel to the movie. The violence depicted in the movie can be termed grisly and not to everyone's tastes. Credit should go to him for getting the best out of Anushka and making a gutsy film. Yes, it is ballsy and don't go about expecting your regular run-of-the-mill fare with six songs! It is realistic and an extremely scary situation to be in!
The problem is, the movie is way too predictable! You practically know what is going to happen next and are only surprised by how violent the movie actually is! The story is pretty simple and basic which is stretched to around two hours. The movie is short, but the pacing can make you feel that it is actually much more. Also, Anushka's Meera seems to be the only character with some layers to her and the rest just seem to be ignored of sorts! Like, The only thing we know about Arjun is that his friend holds the rank of DIG in the police, that's it! Darshan Kumar makes such a promising start only to be frittered away as the movie progresses. You just feel sorry for the chap! Also, the Haryanvi spoken here may be highly authentic, but, people living in different parts of the country will find it difficult to get to grips with it. Could have made it a little simpler! One more thing, the speed at which Meera procures a gun license, I don't think we even get a driver's license that quickly!
Combo on offer: Anushka Sharma + a dark, violent and realistic tale. An unusual combination worth watching once if you are okay with the latter part.
P.S:- If you found 'Badlapur' violent, then this is a whole new level for you!
Final Verdict: It will be Claps for this movie, but only just!