Badla Movie Review 2019: Wicked Whodunnit

Badla Movie Review 2019: Wicked Whodunnit

Movie Name
Sujoy Ghosh
Crime, Drama, Mystery
02 hours 00 minutes

Badla Review

When Business Person Of The Year, NainaSethi is caught for the murder of her lover in a remote hotel room, she's on the verge of losing everything she has built. Husband Sunil has already gone away with their little daughter, deals struck with global partners are cancelled and her business is slipping away.

When Naina's lover Arjun was found murdered, only she was locked in the room with him. There was no way the windows could have been opened, it's an open-and-shut case.

Only Badal Gupta, the lawyer who has never lost a case in 40 years, can save her.

But for him to win, she has to tell it all.

Except for a gender switch, writer-director Sujoy Ghosh stays completely faithful to Invisible Guest, the Spanish original which he adapted for the Indian audience. So my advice would be, if you want to enjoy the thrill of this whodunnit, don't watch the original.

Since spoilers would be unfair, all we can say is that Naina the hotshot businesswoman was unfaithful to her husband which puts her in a spot. An unfortunate accident, the death of a son, the grief of his parents and self-centred wickedness keeps the narrative twisting and turning. The same story is told from different perspectives until the final truth emerges.

With Amitabh Bachchan at home in a role that relies solely on his wonderful dialogue delivery and screen presence, Badal Gupta manages not to be claustrophobic despite being confined to a room with Naina. Taapsee has a hefty role with a large range which she handles with average skill. Amrita Singh as Rani Kaur, the mother of the dead young man, is completely credible all the way.

This murder mystery is like a stage play which isn't grippingly dramatic but has its interesting moments.Some would find the final solution a bit farfetched.

Released on International Women's Day, the one point Sujoy Ghosh makes is that women can be just as wicked as men.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

For a sophisticated crime story that would appeal only to a multiplex audience, Badla gets a 3* rating.


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