Baby is a story of those unsung heroes who guard our walls when we sleep peacefully in our homes. Steeped in current events, Baby will reach out to audiences of all ages and segments and entertain in a thrilling manner.
The movie’s plot is partly inspired by Zero Dark Thirty and in fact one scene on the plane where Akshay and Danny talk is straight out of Zero Dark Thirty. The climax/ending is completely inspired/copied from Argo. The scenes with the minister remind of Siddharth Basu scenes from Madras Cafe.
The Nepal part of the movie is one of the best scenes of the movie. Taapsee’s scene in the hotel room is excellent. Akshay’s reaction/expression of surprise at her kicking some ass is regressive though. The Bilal operation part in Saudi is very good though some of the stuff shown may be implausible. And the surprise scene in Bilal’s room is the best scene of the movie. There are some family scenes which partly work in that they convey the sacrifice but they also come off as cliched. There are some cheap thrills which create tension which Neeraj usually has in all his movies.
The first half takes some time to get started. The movie’s first action scene is somewhat similar to the first action scene from Ek Tha Tiger. Kay Kay’s escape scene is completely ridiculous. For the ten thousandth time in a movie a vehicle is halfway over a bridge/cliff. The Javed Khan arrest scene is also silly the way Akshay and his officers aren’t thorough. After the Bilal operation the movie loses plot and it just becomes a rip off of Argo. The whole scene will be interesting only to those who haven’t watched Argo.
The movie tries to be politically correct. There are the Muslim militants and a rogue Muslim officer but then there is a Muslim officer leading the operation and a young Muslim who was trained in a terrorist camp who helps them. There is a scene where Taufeeq boasts on how he helped some terrorists and how he writes his religion in capital letters. Akshay responds with how he saved a Muslim family in Gujarat riots against Hindutva guys by killing 7 and getting shot and how he writes Indian as his religion. There are some stereotypical things however like the Muslim streets both in India and Pakistan always having the pictures of moon and star.
Akshay Kumar is very good in the lead role. Madhurima Tuli is ok. Taapsee Pannu is excellent in a brief cameo. Anupam Kher is good and provides some well needed laughs. Kay Kay Menon is completely wasted. Don’t know why he even agreed to do the role. Rasheed Naaz who was very good in Khuda Kay Liye is not that good especially in the early scenes where he is mouthing cliched dialogues. Danny’s role is similar to Anupam Kher’s role in A Wednesday in that he is the narrator. Sushant Singh is good in a small role.
Neeraj Pandey’s direction is very good as usual except for the above mentioned flaws. This is in similar genre to his first movie A Wednesday but this is more of a straight forward movie than that. There are no twists unlike his earlier two movies. There are the usual smart humor lines from time to time as in his previous movies. Even though there are the occasional crowd pleasing dialogues Neeraj avoids getting jingoistic. Baby’s first half slacks but the second half is very engrossing. Don’t know why Neeraj decided to borrow the ending from the already famous Oscar winning Argo. Its definitely lengthy at almost 160 min. It could have been edited to 2 hr as its a song less movie except for the unplugged song which again was not required. Its not perfect but its still a very good thriller. The movie is recommended for those who like serious thrillers.Tags: Akshay Kumar Anupam Kher Baby Danny Denzongpa Member Reviews Michelle_Obama_unveiled Neeraj Pandey Rana Daggubati Reviews Taapsee Pannu