Tiger Shroff, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, Ankita Lokhande, Jameel Khoury
Baaghi franchise started under Sajid Nadiadwala's production banner which was directed by Sabbir Khan. It was a huge commercial success. Thereafter, Baaghi 2 released in 2018 under the same production house and was directed by Ahmed Khan. Both the franchises got good box office numbers and now Sajid Nadiadwala is back with the third.
Coming to the film, Baaghi 3 is set in the year 2020 in the city of Agra where Ronnie is a jobless lad who is fiercely protective of his elder brother, Vikram Charan Chaturvedi (Riteish Deshmukh), and his only job is to magically appear out of nowhere whenever Vikram is in trouble, bash up the bad guys, and go back to minding his business. Vikram becomes a police officer after Ronnie refuses to join the force at the Lohamandi Police Thana in Agra. Soon after marrying Ruchi (Ankita Lokhande), Siya's (Shraddha Kapoor) sister, Vikram is sent to Syria to get some official paperwork done where low and behold, he gets kidnapped by the dreaded terror group, Jaish-e-Lashkar. Following which how Ronnie comes in to save the day is what Baaghi 3 is all about.
Ahmed Khan's Baaghi 3 is an indirect sequel in the Baaghi franchise. Its an action thriller intended to be funny in the first half. The comedic approach must be lauded though, as the puns played at the names of some of the characters would break you into unrestrained hysterical laughter. Inspector Sharad Koote, Commissioner Bhokelal Moope Chatora aka BMC, and the villain sidekick Inder Paheli Lamba aka IPL are the names you can't stop giggling at. Some of the punches and Farhad-Samji's dialogues hit a home run. But mostly, the humour is dry and the film is full of slapstick comedy. At one instance Tiger Shroff even reiterates his iconic dialogue from his debut 'Heropanti', "Sabko Aati Nahi. Meri Jaati Nahi." Plotholes are plenty as to why Vikram behaves like a slow man's child that needs constant babysitting. However, his recruitment in the Police force is quite questionable to the audiences as he is so naive and vulnerable.
Ronnie is the handsome hunk who will bash up the bad guys to pulp and it's difficult to take your eyes off him when he has a brooding personality, rippling muscles, six-pack abs, and a chiseled face. Although, he falls short in his performance. He could have done better in the emotional scenes and his comic timing was offputting. Shraddha's character 'Siya' is that of a bubbly/chirpy girl who also has anger issues which clearly show when she delivers her crude insults and sugar-coated swear words in an attempt to provide comic relief without being censored. She looks glamorous on-screen and also provides a good laugh in the first half. But her role isn't crucial enough to the story and we feel she was cast in the film only because she is an integral part of the Baaghi franchise.
Now coming to the second half, the Chief of Jaish and the antagonist, Abu Jalal Gazha (Jameel Khoury), has a 'lair' which has enough defense of arms, ammunition, and 'tanks' that it could easily pass as a nation. He is the 'nation' that Ronnie is up against in the poster. Jameel Khoury as Gazha is convincing as the dreaded villain and his gut-wrenching dialogue about suicide bombing would give you goosebumps, "Akele Mara Toh Fizul Hai, 100 Ko Leke Mara Toh Qubool Hai." But it seems far-fetched that Ronnie was able to single-handedly damage Jaish to an extent that Abu Jalal mistook it as an attack by American or Russian forces.
Ahmed Khan has done a good job with the direction but shaky camera movements during action sequences were a turn-off. Tiger does justice to the action sequences. A Tiger Shroff film is, of course, incomplete without him breaking into some of his best dance moves, and the film caters to that too. The action design is impressive and Tiger is excellent. But it still does not make up for the sloppy writing and unconvincing CGI. You would expect an action film with an estimated 100 crore budget to have better CGI.
The background score is just right for an action thriller. Disha Patani's 'Do You Love Me' is a refreshing, peppy track, but thankfully the film's soundtrack does not make you endure too many out of place songs. Jackie Shroff's cameo is short but powerful and acts as a catalyst to the plot.
All in all, the film is a mould of impressive and sometimes over-the-top action, some slapstick comedy, and if you love Tiger Shroff doing what he always does best, then go and watch this thrilling action-packed ride.