The screenplay is so tight and captivating that it offers you a great experience of a thriller
Direction: Sujoy Ghosh
Screenplay: Sujoy Ghosh, Raj Vasanth
Sujoy Ghosh is a powerful filmmaker who sets a thriller with a murder this time. Badla is the remake of Spanish film The Invisible Guest. It picks the momentum from the first 20 minutes where you actually understand about the murder of Arjun.
Badla starts with the conversation of Naina Sethi and Badal Gupta. Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu) is accused of the murder of her boyfriend Arjun (Tony Luke) and she hires a lawyer Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) who has never lost a case in his entire 40-years career. Badal goes through the details of the case and the twist starts with every new situation. The premise of the film is the conversation between an accused and her lawyer to reach their own motives.
Naina Sethi is a powerful businesswoman and had a short relationship with Arjun. She has a daughter with her husband whom she loves a lot. Arjun and Naina face an event in their life in Paris and this incident completely changes the life of Naina and Arjun. The incident is the main plot and it connects with the murder of Arjun. Badal Gupta asks several questions to Naina and tries everything to know the truth that he can help her.
Sujoy Ghosh with his co-writer Raj Vasant uses the humour in the conversation especially with Amitabh Bachchan in few scenes and also used the references from Mahabharata. Like in one scene, Badal asks Naina to speak the truth and made the relevance with Sanjay and Dhritarashtra. He tells Naina that what she will tell him, that’s the only truth for him like Sanjay told Dhritarashtra during the Mahabharata.
The phrase of six or nine was nice in the conversation. In one scene, Amitabh gives a puzzle to Naina to solve. if A equates to E, B to F and C to G, then D may equate to A rather than H. He makes the reference of this puzzle to the details. To find the solution (A), you need to check the starting point again. Sujoy uses these creative metaphors and leaves a good sign to grab the attention.
Sujoy tries to narrate the story with the events and gives authority to the audience to solve this murder mystery. When you feel that Badal Gupta reaches the truth, you get yet another twist in the story.
Taapsee’s character has different shades and you would understand as the story progresses. Badal and Naina create a good amount of tension in this thriller drama.
The casting choice is fabulous. Taapsee Pannu is terrific as Naina Sethi. Amitabh Bachchan is also brilliant as usual. He leads the scene smartly with his expressions. He has nothing much to do except the conversation scenes but he makes an impact. Taapsee’s character has different shades and you would understand as the story progresses. Badal and Naina create a good amount of tension in this thriller drama.
Amrita Singh as Rani is the most highlighting part of the film. She delivers the finest performer. Her presence keeps you excited in the story. In one scene before the interval, she makes you feel impressed with her. Tony Luke in his debut film is effective.
Badla didn’t choose the typical Bollywood style to present a thriller as the film has no songs or dance. Background score by Clinton Cerejo is outstanding. It carries the plot and keeps the the the audience hooked. The cinematography from Avik Mukhopadhyay is terrific. The editing from Monisha R Baldawa is sharp.
The screenplay is so tight and captivating that it offers you a great experience of a thriller. Badla entangles your mind wires and keeps asking the questions in every new twist.
Sujoy Ghosh who has the habit of pulling off an unexpected climax has done it again with Badla. The climax scene will surprise you and will change your solution to solve this murder mystery. If you haven’t seen Invisible Guest, Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla is a must watch. Kahani-director justified the adaption of the Spanish film.