Movie Name – “Naam Shabana”
Budget – 15 Cr. INR
Est Collection – 54.79 Cr. INR
Running Time – 2 hr 27 min
Direction – Shivam Nair
Cast – Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher
Rating – 2.5 star
Is it unwise for brilliant directors turning into producers and let someone else do the direction? We saw some damp squibs with Ram Gopal Varma trying to do the same and Naam Shabana, too mostly disappoints especially when compared to Neeraj Pandey’s earlier directional ventures, like Special 26 or Baby.
Taapsee Pannu is the protagonist and tried really hard. She is excellent in the action scenes but doesn’t do as well in the emotional ones. Akshay Kumar’s role can be called more as an extended cameo – even though he appears in the vital moments to rescue our heroin. Manoj Bajpayee and Anupam Kher are seasoned performers and fitting in their roles but the script offer limited scope to their characters with loose and predictable dialogues.
The story had promise though, a female protagonist with a dark past (she killed her own, abusive father in childhood) inducted as a secret agent to avenge her friend’s death while bringing down a far bigger evil force creates an interesting storyline, especially when this is supposed to be the prequel to the taut, edge of your seat thriller Baby. However predictable treatment and sloppy dialogues took the fizz out of the film. Some of the lines take unnecessary digs on someone’s religion and gender.Also showing Akshay as the invincible savior sometimes dilutes possible twists that could have been leveraged.
Overall barely a time pass movie, Director Shivam Nair’s average run continues after he has shown tremendous potential with his television series Sea Hawks and debut directional film Ahista Ahista.
Watch it if you must to taste the thrill but don’t go with high expectation of Neeraj’s earlier movies.
Review by– Arunava Dutta