Badla, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu has many Aha! moments. A slavish remake of the 2017 Spanish thriller Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest), Ghosh’s efficiently assembled film keeps tension at a boil through twist and counter-twist, but the finalé is easy to see coming, principally because we expect certain actors to have the last laugh.
Movie starts with a young married successful businesswomen Naina (Taapsee Pannu) is lying on the floor near the dead body of her lover Arjun Joseph (Tony Luke). She is currently on the verge of getting arrested for the crime which she constantly denies to have committed. Naina’s legal adviser (Manav Kaul) hires Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan), who has not lost any cases in his entire career. As the conversation that takes place between Gupta and Naina, there are many things which are revealed. There are some intense moments as the conversation gradually progresses, to and fro of the events makes this open and shut case a new direction. Throughout the movie there are instances which makes Badal counter on the arguments made by Naina.
The puzzle sounds intense and more like Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in The Rue Morgue but in the climax it turns very identical to- I Know What You Did Last Summer. However, there are audiences who might not have watched any of the above movies, for them, it will be a edge on the seat thriller. Thanks to Sujoy Gosh (Director) and his main leads for making the things tight and acting in a more brilliant way. Apart from Mr. Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, I personally liked the acting of Amrita Singh, she stands out in the performance of playing a mother of her missing son.
The movie is entirely shot in Scotland, the scenes are well executed. There are no songs apart from the Mr. Bachchan’s song in the beginning, background score is decent. The movie after one time becomes quite predictable but the act which goes on the screen till the last scene makes audiences want more from the leads.
I am going with B-
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