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Director Sujoy Ghosh of the Kahaani fame has achieved it once again. To our utter surprise, he has delivered yet another taut thriller with his Badla movie, Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Antonio Akeel, Tony Luke and Tanveer Ghani.
Unlike his previous blockbuster Kahaani, it is not an original story as the film is adapted from 2016’s Spanish film, Contratiempo (Setback in Spanish) which is also called as Invisible Guest in its English version.
While it is an official remake, it surely makes for a compelling viewing, even if you have watched the original piece and that is due to the powerful acting, screenplay and the dialogues. Here are three reasons why you must watch the film:
Badla’s storyline faithfully sticks to the original screenplay. However, the place where Badla as a movie stands out is the manner in which Sujoy has adapted it aptly for the Indian viewers, who cater to a varied taste of films.
For as instance, we come across a scene where in the conversations between Amitabh and Taapsee (playing a lawyer and a client), reflects the analogies Amitabh picks from the Indian epic Mahabharata to draws parallels to the case, which makes the movie all the more interesting and gripping.
We must give a huge round of applause for all the principle characters of the film, that is – Amitabh, Taapsee and a special mention to Amrita Singh.
These very power houses of acting bring out the complexities of each of their own characters with flowing ease.
You may notice that the plot itself is a more like a mental cat-and-mouse chase, with the lawyer and the accused matching wits to their utmost levels, manipulating instant facts and playing mind games with each other.
Such storyline and screenplay cannot be met with its desired results unless and until you don’t have the maestros of acting on board.
Just visit any Badla movie review and you will see all praises for the dialogues of this film. The flow of the dialogues matches with the intensity of the unfolding storyline.
However, with experience and knowledge, Sujoy adds flavour to it by making Amitabh sharp and witty while grilling his client as his dialogues reflect his nature.
Taapsee’s character too isn’t as well as you can notice the same during the see-saw verbal duel that goes on between them; when at one point, she has outwitted her lawyer.
That’s when she calmly claims that she hasn’t been voted as the ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ for nothing and the audience goes all bonkers over this piece of dialogue.