Badlapur is a Revenge Thriller and Varun Dhawan’s Finest Performance
By Fresh Box Office Network
Jun 29, 2017
Badlapur is a psychological thriller at its best and casting Varun Dhawan in a role which is highly demanding seems to have paid off. Director Sriram Raghavan was careful not to repeat his past mistakes but nevertheless, he had a lot riding on this film. Fortunately, it all seems to have worked in his favor.
The revenge saga is a deep and poignant portrayal of a simple man who hungers for revenge after his wife and child are murdered in a car hijack. But because he doesn’t know where to look for the murderers, only one of whom is caught, he goes into a near insanity like space where he doesn’t mind giving pain to another woman in order to extract revenge for his wife.
The story goes forward 15 years later when both Liak, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Harman, played by Vinay Pathak, have gone their separate ways. While Liak is serving life imprisonment, Harman lives with his wife Koko, played by Radhika Apte, and Raghu is living a reclusive life with a long beard and tense looks at a station called Badlapur. The symbolism is very apparent and is played to the hilt by Varun who begins to find ways to get Liak out of jail and find Harman’s whereabouts. He visits Liak’s girlfriend Jhimli, played by Huma Qureshi, to know more about it. But ends up getting more confused as both Herman and Liak pin the murder of Raghu’s wife and kids on each other.
The idea of revenge and the state of Raghu’s mind might remind you of the protagonist in Dostoevsky`s Crime and Punishment. However, the climax gives it the typical Bollywood twist when Liak has a change of heart and he takes the blame of killing Harman and his wife on him, giving a second chance to Raghu. Too bad, Huma Qureshi’s character overshadows every other female character in the film, especially in the last scene where she asks what Raghu has gotten post his revenge.