'Baaghi' (2016) was a remake of the Telugu film 'Varsham' (2004). 'Baaghi 2', too, is a remake of a Telugu film 'Kshanam' (2015). What is interesting is that while 'Kshanam' was a suspense thriller made on a shoestring budget, 'Baaghi 2' seems to be endowed with numerous action pieces. The makers seem to have borrowed the basic plot of the original Telugu film and peppered it with some high-octane action and other commercial elements that would endear the film to Tiger Shroff loyalists.
Ranveer Pratap Singh aka Ronnie is an army officer who is okay with the idea of breaking rules and protocol a long as it gets the work done. One day, he gets a call from his Neha (Disha Patani), a woman he was a in a relationship with when he was in college. She urges him to come to Goa to meet her. Ronnie reaches Goa where she is informed by a bereaved Neha about being attacked by a bunch of goons and her daughter being kidnapped by them. Neha requests Ronnie to help her out in finding Rhea, her daughter. Ronnie agrees to help her and sets out on a mission to find Rhea.
I have not seen the original film, so I am not sure how much this film adheres to the plot of that one. As a standalone film, I can say that it gave me enough reasons to feel jubilant about as a viewer. As stated earlier, the action seems to be incorporated in the script to make Tiger's fans happy. Many of the times, this comes at slackening the pace of the film. While the inclusion of action seems justified at times, there are times when you get to see elaborate action pieces going about endlessly and meandering the film away from its core plot. The climax sequence, though well-executed, seems like a part of another film altogether. Since the film borrows its idea from a suspense thriller, the first thing one is intrigued to know is that whether the suspense works or not. To a good extent, it does. The first half keeps you guessing about the next turn turn in the narrative and ends on a shocking note. The arrival of several characters played by competent actors add weight to the plot but in the second half, the screenplay becomes quite predictable and the big reveal is presented very unconvincingly.
Ahmed Khan, who makes his comeback to direction after eleven years, has a very good sense of visual. He has directed some prominent music videos in the recent past and one did not expect anything different from him. He is also credited with designing the action sequences and along with the action directors (Ram Chella - Lakshman Chella, Khecha Khamphakdee and Shamshir Khan), he does a fine job at executing the actions. He needs to get a better grip at handling emotions as most of the emotional scenes seem hurried and pass by without making much of an impact.
Perhaps, some of that blame must also go to Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani who need a lessor or to in emoting. While compensates for his limited acting skills by performing bedazzling stunts and a nice-guy vibe, Disha just about shows that she is a pretty face and an able dancer. The supporting cast is top-lined by actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Radeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal, Darshan Kumaar and Prateik, the one actor who leaves the biggest mark is Randeep Hooda. His character of the swashbuckling Loha Singh Dhull aka LSD is a hoot. Manoj Bajpayee plays a very important role but does nothing you have no seeing him doing before.
"Baaghi 2" is a definite improvement on the kind of films Tiger Shroff has done in the recent past. Though flawed, the film has a script that manages to engross you to a good extent. That, coupled with some gorgeous action pieces, makes this film a fun affair that delivers a bang for your bucks.