Think you’ve figured it out? Bachchan-Pannu will engage you in a delicious guess game- Vijayalakshmi Narayanan
Second to Sriram Raghavan, but nobody does thrillers better than Sujoy Ghosh. ‘Badla’, which has been cleverly adapted from the 2016 Spanish film, ‘Contratiempo’ (The Invisible Guest), reconstructs the former’s premise, offering viewers a delicious thriller to savour at the movies, this weekend.
Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu) is under house arrest over allegations of murdering her rumoured lover. Her husband and daughter have deserted her and all evidences are against her. Enter Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan), a seasoned litigator who hasn’t lost a single case. He’s summoned to prepare witnesses that might Naina’s innocence and in return seeks nothing short of the truth. But what is the truth?
Ghosh’s films have greatly benefitted from technicalities. National-Award winning cinematographer Avik Mukhopadhyay captures long picturesque landscapes of Scotland through his lenses. Editor Monisha Baldawa crisply paces the proceedings of the film in less than two and a half hours. Anirban Sengupta’s sound design complements the narrative with the required mystique and thrill.
Having last teamed up in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Pink’ (2016), it’s a delight to see Bachchan Sr. and Taapsee play each other off really well. Their exchange of words are well-laden and peppered with wry humour and wit. Amrita Singh adds a lot of grit and strength to her part. Terrific casting pulled off by the casting department. Only Manav Kaul gets precious little to do, given the length of his character.
‘Badla’ might not live upto the hype and precedent set by Ghosh’s very own ‘Kahaani’ starring Vidya Balan, but it’s an engaging watch competently whipped up to suit the lately discerning Indian sensibility.
Oh by the way, its only fitting that the film releases on Women’s Day. Watch to know why.