Remaking old classics is a trend Bollywood is hooked to. Say it a dearth of original ideas or what, filmmakers have picked up many movies from down South, Hollywood and even old Bollywood flicks, repackaged it and produce it in the front of the audience. Well, here's one more remake being offered to us this Friday. We are talking about Sujoy Ghosh's Badla starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Amrita Singh. This crime thriller is a remake of the Spanish film The Invisible Guest. However, in one of the interviews, the filmmaker had said that he has just taken some 'inspiration' from the Spanish film and changed a lot of things. With a heavy heart, we tell you that, that is not the case...
So, Badla is about Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu) a successful businesswoman. She is having an extramarital affair with a photographer named Arjun (Tony Luke). But one day Arjun is killed and Naina is booked for his murder. Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) has taken up Naina's case and comes to her residence to get more details. The movie then juggles between flashback and present.
Before I start analysing the movie further, I just want to clarify that I have seen The Invisible Guest. The Spanish thriller wasn't an amazing film, but the climax of the movie was impactful. So, when Badla was announced, I really thought that Sujoy would offer us something different. We loved his previous movies, Kahaani and Kahaani 2, but in Badla, apart from changing genders and putting some references of Mahabharata, the filmmaker hasn't changed much. The screenplay is totally similar to the Spanish film and even the climax.
However, contrary to that, for the audiences who haven't seen The Invisible Guest, Badla will surely entice you. It is a movie that will be loved by the moviegoers who like suspense films. I even heard a few claps during the climax.
Though Sujoy Ghosh might have not put much of efforts in the screenplay, he has very well got the casting right. Amitabh Bachchan is simply amazing. That grin on his face is killer. Amrita Singh comes on the big screen after a long time and nails it with her performance. Taapsee Pannu is also quite good, but her act falls down in front of these two legendary actors. Tony Luke, who has been a part of a few Malayam films, makes an impressive Bollywood debut with this one. Manav Kaul is totally wasted. After the performances what impresses us the most is the background score which is excellent.
Overall, Badla is a must watch for you, only if you haven't seen The Invisible Guest.