I had loved its trailer and it was the most awaited movie of 2015 for me.
Akshay has been choosing some really interesting scripts of late. I loved his OMG. I enjoyed Special 26 and Holiday was one of the best films of 2014. I had liked Holiday for its unapologetic take on anti-terrorism but it is Just a trailer compared to the giant that Baby is.
Baby is THE most hard-hitting film on anti-terrorism made on so far. I had called Holiday the anti-Haider of 2014. Baby just pulverised Haider to ashes. It doesnt sympathise with terrorists. It is not made to tell the backstory of terrorists and how “haalat” made some become one and make a hero out of them. This film is made to show HOW TERRORISTS deserved to be treated. Yes that is what this film is about. If looked another way this is the perfect sequel to “A Wednesday” where a common man irritated by the terrorist attacks makes the Govt realize how lazy and incompetent they had become. Baby takes on from there and shows what Govt has/can do if it really decides to treat terrorists the way they should be.
The direction is brilliant right from the way it starts. Akshay Kumar’s introduction fight scene is something that he deserved for years. Brilliantly choreographed by Ciril raffeli, the famous action choreographer of the cult film “District 13” incorporating various martial forms from aikido to wing chun to jujitsu with sheer brilliance. Another great action sequence is the one with Taapsee Pannu (superb in a guest role) with Sushant Singh totally believable and realistic and it feels good that there are still choreographers working in Indian studios who can think of directing a scene like this.
To say that Akshay Kumar owned Baby is an understatement. This is his finest movie to date whether its the acting or his lean agile appearance and his impeccable body language. Its a landmark film in his career and its the wet dream of every Akshay fan. Anupam kher was great in his small role. His chemistry with Akshay is as good as Special 26.
Finally the man of the moment, Neeraj Pandey. excellent direction from start to end. I think the first half had some slack in the family scenes portion which were not required. Same thing was there in Madras Cafe also. Don’t understand this need of showing “family scenes” of the hero. The dialogues are hard hitting without any mincing of words and Neeraj makes his point across extremely well. The one-on-one conversation of Akshay with two terrorists in two different scenes are brilliant and devoid of jingoism. The whole scene of Taapsee taking Sushant to hotel with Akshay in the background is brilliantly directed and acted. The planning and execution of Bilal and Rasheed Naz is shown superbly. And just like Madras Cafe, here also you know what the end is going to be yet you are filled with excitement right till the end. Apart from the intro scene of Akshay, the intro of Rasheed Naz is equally brilliant. The whole atmosphere created in that scene induced goosebumps. His looks had similarity to Osama and in second half to Saddam Hussein.
Yes this is my second film of 2015 after I and it is already my favorite of film of 2015 .
Rating : 4.5/5