Cast: Sohum Shah,Sushant Singh,Om Puri,Mithun Chakraborty,Mukesh Tiwari,Tinnu Anand
Director: Ashu Trikha
Twelve year old Baabarr picks up a gun and takes a life. He does that because thats what his young life has propelled him towardsbloodshed and killing.
That little fellow with burning eyes grows up into a fearless contract killer. Baabarr (Sohum) and his fellow travelers live in Lucknow,not Mumbai. So the argot is Awadhi-mixed-with-Urdu,not ‘tapori,and the setting is the ‘gallis of Amanganj,not Dharavi. But its basically your standard gangsta flick,pitting one home-made ‘katta against another,leaving the worst man standing.
Ashu Trikha,whos done Deewanapan and a couple of others before this,has a thing for blood. He lets it flow freely. Animal carcasses and mangled bodies and splashes of scarlet serve only to overwhelm the collection of patriarchal mob bosses,gun-toting underlings,crooked cops and honest officers. And everything gets drowned in the gratuitous violence.
A couple of acts are stand-outs. Om Puri comes up with a crackerjack performance of a policeman with highly developed survival instincts. He tells his superior,who comes galloping into town to finish Baabarr: sir,promotion nahin hua,par transfer bhi nahin hua . And you send up a little cheer for one of our best actors. Tinnu Anand,as the goon who can be good,is excellent as always.
So is Govind Namdeo,playing a powerful fixer who picks up a phone and tells his sons soon-to-be father-in-law: daamaad ji zara MLA ki kursi chaah rahey thhey. The demand,needless to say,is complied with,by his politically heavy-weight ‘samdhi.
Everyone else pales in comparison. Mithun is hopelessly miscast as the clean cop: he looks older and slower than he should,for the part. First timer Sohum as Baabarr starts off well,but soon slides into ordinariness,and the experienced Sushant Singh doesnt do anything new.
The gangster film is gasping and needs to be revived. Baabarr doesnt do it.