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NAAM SHABANA – Movie Review: 3/5 stars

Naam Shabana

One of the most awaited film, apparently the spin-off prequel of film Baby – Naam Shabana (wikipedia) has hit the theaters last Friday. This film stars Tapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Danny Danzongpa and Prithviraj Sukumaran in the lead roles. The film is directed by Shivam Nair and produced by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia under the banner of Friday Fireworks.

Watch the trailer of Naam Shabana below:

Lets get into the plot of Naam Shabana,

The story mainly revolves around the main role Shabana played by Tapsee Pannu. The story is basically a mixture of personal revenge followed by a spy thriller. Shabana is apparently a clear manifesto of bad incidents of life. Tapsee portrays the character of Shabana as a girl who is hardened by life. At a very small age she was sent to jail for murdering her drunkard father who was beating her mom. She was then sent to a Juvenile home. When she grew up she had a very immense interest in Kudo. Besides a boy is in love with Shabana. Shabana too starts to develop feelings for the boy but unfortunately he gets murdered by a gang of drunk boys. The police tries to save the murderer as he was son of an influential dad as any other bollywood story.

Another side of Naam Shabana –
Naam Shabana- Akshay and Tapsee
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Now the story takes a turn when Ranvir Singh played by Manoj Bajpayee of defense agency helps Shabana to take revenge. In return, Shabana is obliged to work for the agency after her revenge. After she successfully takes her revenge, then the story shifts to the spy part where she is appointed to eliminate the main villain – Michael played by Prithviraj Sukumaran who is one of the major threat to the national security. Finally with help of Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher who play Ajay and Shukla respectively, Shabana succeeds to terminate Michael.

Movie Review:

The screenplay of the movie is on the average side. There are scenes when you think the direction could be improved. To talk about the main character Shabana, Tapsee tries really hard to become a badass girl. But she kind off goes off track in some of the scenes. She is one of the best actresses in Bollywood and have given more exceptional performances in film like Pink. On the other hand it was supposed that Akshay Kumar would have a guest appearance. But in fact he has a role of good length in the movie and as always he justifies his character very well. Similarly Manoj Bajpayee has nothing to make audience roll over but nor disappoints. Anupam Kher has a small role in which he brings a bit of laughter by his awesome comic timing.

The first half of the movie revolves around Shabana’s revenge story. The action of her Kudo tournament is annoyingly choreographed and could have been much better. On the contrary Akshay Kumars action stands off as always and make you feel Tapsee’s stunts even worse. Also Sukumaran does very well in the action sequences. In the climax Sukumaran is shown to be a very powerful counterpart against Tapsee. However he gets killed easily when Tapsee luckily gets her hands on the gun which is kind of boring.

The background music of Naam Shabana is as same of Baby with a bit of modification. There aren’t much songs in the movie. A song “Zinda Hoon Abhi” blends pretty well in the situation it is placed while Shabana is going through her training session as an agent. The dialogues of the film are pretty good but do not match up the intensity of dialogues in Baby.

Conclusion – 

The movie itself has nothing new to offer as it is the story of every next Bollywood movie. It is basically a girl and a boy swipe their places where Shabana is taking revenge. But it somehow succeeds to keep the audience engaging. Akshay Kumar is the cherry on the cake and this film would have been incomplete without him. For at least once it deserves to be watched. This movie grabs 3 out of 5 ratings.




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