1. Naam Shabana review: Despite Taapsee Pannu’s action sequences, this ‘Baby’ prequel looks a bit of a drag

Naam Shabana review: Despite Taapsee Pannu’s action sequences, this ‘Baby’ prequel looks a bit of a drag

As several fans keenly await to see a stern special agent, Shabana in the prequel of the 2015 Akshay Kumar starrer 'Baby', quite a few things seems to have gone wrong for the Shivam Nair directorial.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 30, 2017 10:36 PM
With director-producer Neeraj Pandey’s previous records of making patriotic movies, Shabana’s role would be dedicated for the country, doesn’t come as a surprise. (Twitter/@neerajpofficial)

As several fans keenly await to see a stern special agent, Shabana in the prequel of the 2015 Akshay Kumar starer ‘Baby’, quite a few things seem to have gone wrong for the Shivam Nair directorial. While most viewers lauded Shabana’s cameo in ‘Baby’, but a complete 148 minutes dedicated to the women capable of kicking serious butt, unexpectedly made the movie look a bit drag.

With director-producer Neeraj Pandey’s previous records of making patriotic movies, Shabana’s role would be dedicated for the country, doesn’t come as a surprise. While a few parts of ‘Naam Shabana’, depicting the action sequence by Taapsee Pannu, playing Shabana, and co-star Akshay Kumar’s action entries, the rest of the movie looked slightly dull.

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In the movie, Pannu plays the role of the leading lady, who had a dark past and was hand-picked by a deep-cover intelligence agency, which targets and eliminates the enemies of the state. With most other characters familiar from ‘Baby’, the movie depicts the troubled childhood and doomed relationship of Shabana. While the character made a special mark in her short appearance in the 2015 movie, in the Shivam Nair directorial, either for the demand of the role or being instructed to keep her mien closed, Taapsee Pannu looked much more stiff in the movie. However, Pannu’s actions including throwing and receiving punches looked quite real and believable.

Even the plot of the movie looked problematic with frequent shift of scenes from foreign cities to Indian location as the team of spies targets a global mafia involved in trafficking and drugs. Also the movies too much focus on its leading lady and certain quotes like ‘women are born spies’ makes the movie clinch a few serious criticism. Even the background score of the movie also fails to impress ears.

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