You are obviously to get excited when you know that Sujoy Gosh is coming back with a new movie, and the excitement only increases with a star cast of Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu. And to top it all, the trailer looked promising.
Badla has all the ingredients to make it a thrilling watch. A good story, great cast, and gripping narration. But somewhere during the runtime, it becomes obvious in which direction the movie is going forward. The weakest link in the movie is Tony Luke, who spoils the fun with this accent, but still manages to keep the thrill intact.
Amrita Singh is a delight to be watched after a long time. But is carried almost entirely by Amitabh and Taapsee who are at the best. The movie is an adaptation of “The Invisible Guest”, but here the genders are reversed in the movie.
The conversation between Taapsee AKA Naina and Amitabh AKA Badal covers the major portion of the movie where each of them is trying to test the other to understand if the other be trusted. Thus, you get to go through the same scene on numerous occasions from a different vantage point. And it does not take you long to know what is going to happen. It is just a matter of time to know how it is going to happen. But as the movie says “the truth is hidden in the details”, you will know the truth miles apart only if you know what you are looking for.
Overall, it is a movie and manages just to maintain the thrill. The length of the movie is another aspect that helps it to be engaging. A little more and it would have felt dragging.