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Badlapur Boys review: Suddenly, ‘kabaddi’, that old fusty thing, is sexy

A father gives up his life, a son is left moping, and a mother constantly crying. The ‘kabaddi boys’ are more ‘men’, and the treatment makes it banal and dull.

Rating: 1 out of 5
You are engaged only when the game is on, and it appears to have been executed with some authenticity : that should have been the sole focus of the film. You are engaged only when the game is on, and it appears to have been executed with some authenticity : that should have been the sole focus of the film.

Badlapur Boys Review
Star Cast: Nishan Nanaiah, Annu Kapoor, Saranya Mohan, Kishori Shahane
Director : Shailesh Varma

Suddenly, ‘kabaddi’, that old fusty thing, is sexy. Or so it would appear, if Bollywood is devoting a full-fledged feature to the game : it’s going pro, top-flight industrialists and A-list Bollywood stars are joining in, and it’s being carried live on TV.

‘Badlapur Boys’ is set in a UP village, and gives us a bunch of ‘anaadi’ but enthusiastic boys who are willing to give up their lives for ‘kabaddi’. The premise is fine, and in a skilled director’s hands it may have become a ‘kabaddi’ ‘Lagaan’, given that it has naive villagers, unscrupulous villains, and a win that will guarantee pride and honour.

But the film’s plot is riddled with mothballed cliches. A father gives up his life, a son is left moping, and a mother constantly crying. The ‘kabaddi boys’ are more ‘men’, and the treatment makes it banal and dull.

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You are engaged only when the game is on, and it appears to have been executed with some authenticity : that should have been the sole focus of the film.

First published on: 12-12-2014 at 12:00 IST
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