Cast: Varun Dhawan (Raghu), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Liak), Huma Qureshi (Jhumli), Yami Gautam (Misha), Vinay Pathak (Harman), Divya Dutta (Shobha), Radhika Apte (Koko), Ashwini Kalsekar (Private Detective)
Direction: Sriram Raghavan
Produced by: Dinesh Vijan and Sunil Lulla
Written by: Sriram Raghavan and Arijit Biswas
Music: Sachin Jigar
Cinematography: Anil Mehta
Edited by: Pooja Ladha Surti
Production Company: Maddock Films
Distributed by: Eros International
Release Date: 20th February, 2015
बदलाPur, Sriram Raghavan’s movie, a story of revenge. Its tagline says – “Don’t miss the beginning”, but I think, it should have been – “Don’t miss the end”. The last five minutes make the movie different from the usual revenge dramas. Definitely the style of presentation of Badlapur has been done in a different manner altogether. The movie has its own moments of darkness, grief, sadness etc. Kudos to Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan for their performances. Yes, there are moments, when one gets in touch with Varun’s sadness, grief and inner turmoil. Also, there are moments when one ends up loving as well as hating Nawazuddin.
|A Distraught Raghu|
The movie begins with Misha (Yami Gautam) and her son becoming the target of unfortunate circumstances which occurred during a bank robbery. Liak (Nawazuddin) and Harman (Vinay Pathak) did the robbery together, threatened Misha and used her vehicle to flee. Misha’s resistance resulted in two deaths – hers as well as her son. Broken and grief stricken Raghav aka Raghu, Misha’s husband (Varun Dhawan - a successful ad professional), finds it really difficult to cope up with the unfortunate incidents. Liak asks Harman to run away with the money. Liak is nabbed but he doesn’t open his mouth about the partner’s name and whereabouts. Raghu himself goes to meet him, but is not successful in extracting the information from him. Liak appears to be harmless, but puts the blame of the murder on his accomplice without actually disclosing the name. Raghu chooses to go to Jhumli (Huma Quershi -Liak’s girl friend) and exploits her to get the information, but all efforts in vain. Finally Liak is convicted for the bank robbery and gets punishment for 20 years in prison. Frustrated Raghu, in his failure to understand the real culprit of his family’s murder, shifts to a place called Badlapur. And then the wait starts. The movie moves further to explore what happens to these characters after 15 years.