Baaghi (transl. Rebel) is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Sabbir Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under his banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. A partial remake of the 2004 Telugu film Varsham,[2] with a climax inspired by the 2011 Indonesian film The Raid: Redemption, the film stars Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles and Sudheer Babu in his Hindi debut, with Sunil Grover in a supporting role.[3][4]

Baaghi
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySabbir Khan
Written bySanjeev Datta
Based onOriginal Premise:
Varsham
by Veeru Potla
Climax Premise:
The Raid: Redemption
by Gareth Evans
Produced bySajid Nadiadwala
StarringTiger Shroff
Shraddha Kapoor
Sudheer Babu
CinematographyBinod Pradhan
Edited byManan Ajay Sagar
Music byScore:
Julius Packiam
Songs:
Meet Bros
Amaal Mallik
Ankit Tiwari
Manj Musik
Pranaay Rijia
Production
company
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 29 April 2016 (2016-04-29)
Running time
133 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget35 crore[1]
Box officeest. 126.96 crore[1]

Baaghi was released worldwide on 29 April 2016. Made on a budget of 35 crore (US$4.4 million), the film earned over 126.96 crore (US$16 million) worldwide.[5] Later on, it spawned two spiritual sequels, Baaghi 2 (2018) and Baaghi 3 (2020), thus becoming the first installment in the Baaghi film series. The film received mixed reviews from critics.

Plot edit

Raghav Shetty is a Kalaripayattu champion and a dreaded gangster, who abducts Sia Khurana from her film set in Hyderabad and takes her to Bangkok. Sia's father, P.P. Khurana, along with the producer Dasanna seeks the government officers and cops for help, but no one is ready to assist them as Raghav is an influential man and there is unavailability of extradition treaty between India and Thailand in existence. Khurana then suggests to Dasanna that Sia's ex-boyfriend, Ranveer "Ronny" Singh is the only rebellious martial artist who can destroy Raghav and rescue Sia. Initially hesitant, Ronny agrees as he needs money to treat Subbu, a mute young boy who is being treated for his vocal cords.

Past: Ronny meets Siya on a train where he falls in love with Sia at first sight and also sees that Sia also carries a rebellious personality. Raghav also sees Sia and is besotted with her. At the behest of his late father Colonel Samarjit Singh, Ronny unwillingly becomes the student in the Kerala Academy Of Kalaripayattu, headed by Samarjit's former army colleague and Raghav's father Kailash Shetty a.k.a. Guruswamy; in due course of time, Guruswamy disciplines Ronny into a rebel with a cause; thus making Ronny as a rebellious martial artist of Kalaripayattu. As time goes on, Ronny and Sia fall in love with each other.

A money-minded Khurana agrees to marry Sia off to Raghav, who lures him with bundles of money. On learning that Sia is in love with Ronny, Khurana rats Ronny out to Raghav, who swears to kill him. Guruswamy overhears the plan and objects to it strongly. Feeling humiliated and enraged, Raghav kills Guruswamy by poisoning him to death. Later, Raghav tells his henchmen to get Ronny in front of him. The henchmen tries to harm Ronnie and the mute child Subbu, but Ronny beats up Raghav’s henchmen brutally. Following a confrontation with Raghav and later at Guruswamy's funeral, Khurana creates an atmosphere of misunderstanding in league with Raghav, causing Ronny and Sia to part ways.

Present: Ronny reaches Bangkok and visits Raghav's fight club, beating the most potent fighter to attract Raghav's attention. Raghav sends his henchmen to kill Ronnie, but Ronnie beats them up brutally. The next day, Ronny breaks into the house of Raghav's right-hand man, Biju, and holds Biju's wife at gunpoint, forcing him to reveal Sia's location. Learning that she is at the local hospital, Ronny saves Sia and escapes with her under both of them being disguised. Raghav does manage to spot them, but couldn’t do anything. The two stop at an island on their way back to India, where Sia discovers her father's deceit and the couple reunite. Raghav and his men suddenly attack the couple off-guard; Biju shoots Ronny, who falls off a cliff.

Raghav takes Sia back to his place, but Sia realizes that Ronny is alive, with Raghav being alerted to his invasive underbelly moments later. Realizing Biju's treachery, Raghav questions him and Biju affirms that he spared Ronny as he had spared his wife earlier. Raghav is unconvinced and finishes Biju. Ronny storms Raghav's building and single-handedly fights all the killers and swordsmen in Raghav's employ. Ronny reaches Raghav, who initially overpowers him. Raghav also reveals that he was the one who murdered Guruswamy. Enraged, Ronny uses Guruswamy's signature moves to kill Raghav. Now happily together with Sia, Ronny becomes the new teacher in Guruswamy's school.

Cast edit

Production edit

Shroff trained and took up stunt classes for the film.[6][7] Sajid Nadiadwala hired a special team of 50 people to keep Shroff's look under wraps. The makers did not want his look to be revealed because of his role in the film being distinct from his role in Heropanti.[8] Telugu actor Sudheer Babu was signed to play a negative role, making his Bollywood debut. Shooting for Baaghi started on 27 May 2015.[9][10] The shooting of the film completed on 21 February 2016. The film was extensively shot in India and Thailand. Soma Kerala Palace, Kochi was shown in the movie as the KARMA Institute (school of Guruswamy). Song Sab Tera was shot in the exotic Poda Island.[11]

Soundtrack edit

Baaghi
Soundtrack album by
Released29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length25:42
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series
ProducerSajid Nadiadwala
Singles from Baaghi
  1. "Sab Tera"
    Released: 18 March 2016
  2. "Let's Talk About Love"
    Released: 25 March 2016

The music of the film was composed by Meet Bros, Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari, Manj Musik and Pranaay Rijia, while the score was composed by Julius Packiam. The song lyrics were written by Kumaar, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sanjeev Chaturvedi, Raftaar, Sabbir Khan and Rahul B. Seth. The first song of the film, "Sab Tera" was released on 18 March 2016, which was sung by Shraddha Kapoor and Armaan Malik. The second song of the film titled as "Let's Talk About Love", which was sung by Raftaar and Neha Kakkar was released on 25 March 2016.[12] The album was released on 29 March 2016, which includes 6 songs.[13]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Agar Tu Hota"Abhendra Kumar UpadhyayAnkit TiwariAnkit Tiwari5:28
2."Cham Cham"KumaarMeet BrosMeet Bros, Monali Thakur4:44
3."Girl I Need You"KumaarMeet BrosMeet Bros, Arijit Singh, Roach Killa, Khushboo Grewal4:57
4."Let's Talk About Love"Raftaar, Sabbir KhanManj MusikRaftaar, Neha Kakkar3:21
5."Sab Tera"Sanjeev ChaturvediAmaal MallikArmaan Malik, Shraddha Kapoor3:48
6."Get Ready To Fight"Rahul B. Seth, Sabbir KhanPranaay RijiaBenny Dayal, Siddharth Basrur3:24
Total length:25:42

Reception edit

Baaghi received mixed reviews from critics.

Critical response edit

Bollywood Hungama gave 3.5/5 stars and wrote "Baaghi is a typical masala entertainer which scores high on action and performances from the lead cast."[14] Mohar Basu of The Times of India gave 2.5/5 stars and wrote "You could try finding thrill in Tiger’s kicks but the film has nothing more to offer."[15]

Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today gave 2/5 stars and wrote "Watch Baaghi this week if you want to whistle along to Tiger and Shraddha's bone-breaking punches."[16] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave 2/5 stars and wrote "In short, The Karate Kid enters Bloodsport and appears in a hurry to become Ong Bak without losing the essential Bollywood qualities."[17]

Surabhi Redkar of Koimoi gave 2/5 stars and wrote "Baaghi is an out and out action flick, which is ruined by romance and a tepid plot."[18] Anupama Chopra of Film Companion gave 2/5 stars and wrote "Baaghi will best serve people who are interested in moves rather than movies."[19]

Box office edit

Released on Friday, Baaghi netted 119.4 million and 155.1 million respectively[20] on its first three days, bringing in a total of 38.58 crore net on its opening weekend and meeting its 37 crore production cost. By its seventh day, the film had netted 59.72 crore. Baaghi's daily collection peaked at 15.51 crore net on day three and began to decline thereafter, losing 79% of business by the end of the second week. The movie ultimately grossed 106.03 crore from India and 21.02 crore overseas. The total worldwide gross estimates 127.05 crores, thus becoming one of the highest-grossing films of Shroff's career.[21][20]

Sequel edit

On 1 May 2017, Shroff posted the first look poster of the sequel and the second installment of the Baaghi series Baaghi 2 on his Twitter account.[22] Nadiadwala collaborated with Fox Star Studios following the dissolution of UTV Motion Pictures and the film was released under Fox Star Studios and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. Directed by Ahmed Khan, the film was released worldwide on 30 March 2018. A third installment was also announced under the title of Baaghi 3, with Nadiadwala the producer, Khan the director, and Shroff in the lead role.[23]

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