Imagine that. A woman and a man are waiting in a hotel room for a blackmailer with a bag full of 100,000 pounds. Suddenly, the woman is hit and loses consciousness. She then wakes up and finds her husband soaked in a pool of blood and littered with money. Just then, someone knocks on the door. It is the police. She is arrested on suspicion of murder.
What exactly is her story? Who killed this man? Why was she in a hotel? Who was blackmailing her? Who was she in a hotel room with when she claims to love only her husband and daughter?
There are many questions, but only one truth. A truth that can keep her from going behind bars.
Welcome to the world of Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu) who is accused of murder and whose only hope is the lawyer Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan). A man who has won every case in his 40-year career. But there’s a catch. He has only three hours to find out the truth. Will he manage to find the real killer?
That’s Badla’s basic principle. A revenge drama set in a house in the UK, he uses flashbacks.
Thriller is a genre that many Bollywood filmmakers have mastered and Sujoy Ghosh is one of them. According to a director who gave Bollywood Kahaani (2014), Badla is a great drama, with twists and turns. The drama of revenge, which lasts two hours, keeps you on the edge of your seat with each amazing revelation.
Badla, the official remake of the Spanish thriller An Invisible Guest, remains largely faithful to the original with only one minor modification: the exchange of genres of the main characters.
Ghosh keeps the script tight and wastes no time establishing the premises. He doesn’t beat around the bush and doesn’t waste time explaining. He maintains the intensity of a tight script. In his two-hour thriller, the filmmaker makes every minute count for Badla and lets the audience guess who’s guilty.
Precise editing, intense music and beautiful cinematography make the film good. A strong narrative supported by good performances make Ghosh’s Badla a successful film.
Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan do their best to recreate their magic with Badla. For those who have seen the 2016 court drama Pink, it is not very comfortable to see them in almost the same roles. However, the actors give their best.
Taapsee, otherwise a great talent, is reduced to a handful of expressions. Big B, however, does his best to keep the ship afloat thanks to his gravity.
It is Amrita Singh who is Ghosh’s surprise package to Badla. The actress, who has returned to the big screen after two years, steals the show. Seeing her play an important role is a breath of fresh air.
If you’ve ever seen The Invisible Guest, Ghosh has little to serve you with Badla. But if you watch Badla as an independent movie without any reference to the original, you’ll be well entertained and surprised.