Coming from the aggressive patriot director Neeraj Pandey, Baby is that intriguing high octane thriller which I would like to call as a desi mix of Argo and usual under cover spy stories. The tempo with which the movie goes and the conviction with which the director has presented this theme is what makes Baby an interesting thriller.
Baby is that secret program organized by the secret service of India to fight against terror all over the world in a proactive manner. During one such mission, our central character and the member of the Baby assignment Ajay, manages to get the data that the terrorists under the leadership of Maulana Mohammed Rahman and Bilal Khan are planning to have a big scale attack on the major cities in India. The precautionary move was to kill Bilal and the movie basically tells us the mission to terminate Bilal and what all things follow after that.
Every element we see in a grand scale spy thriller is there in Baby. Visas, papers, high end transportation and many other under cover story typical elements are there in this movie, packaged in a very hostile manner. But Neeraj Pandey has given an improved tail end to all these typicality to give it some genuine feel. For eg. How Ajay manages to get the details from the man about the Delhi mall blast. With beasty characters and sensibly exaggerated tensed moments towards the climax, Baby manages to push itself from the usual predictability of this genre. As I mentioned in the beginning, the complications towards the end somewhere reminded me of Ben Affleck’s Argo.
Akshay Kumar with his acrobatics and acting skills is the perfect cast for the character of Ajay. Danny Denzongpa has done his part as the chief very nicely. Nothing much is there for Rana Daggubati to do in this film. Taapsee Pannu in that action sequence was really damn good. Neeraj Pandey has once again used Anupam Kher as the humour tool very effectively. Kay Kay Menon also has very little to do in terms of screen time. I loved the performance of Rasheed Naz as Maulana.
Neeraj Pandey has shown his ferociousness towards terrorism in a very aggressive way in Baby. There is never really a dull moment in the movie which keeps on hunting the villains. The pace with which things move on screen keeps the audience interested. There are some really good dialogues that will definitely make us clap. The humour is also handled very nicely. I was slightly surprised to see the name of the steady cam operator in the beginning credits, but looking at the way this movie was visualized, I think the steady cam guy has done really great job. Action sequences are really good. The usage of VFX is kind of okay. Music isn’t a prominent part of this movie. Background music at the same time kept a good standard.
Baby is a patriotic thriller which succeeds to please its viewers with an entertaining and engaging narrative. The lack of unpredictability at some portions and the used out techniques can be termed as negatives of this thriller. But still it has enough substance to make you happy. The rating for Neeraj Pandey’s Baby is 3.5/5.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended