Queer magician and criminal mastermind Laila (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) entices super hacker Babloo Ranawat (Tiger Shroff) to join hands with him. Babloo falls in love with Laila’s sister Inaaya (Tara Sutaria) in the process, who for some reason remains unaware that her brother and her beau are criminals for 90 per cent of the film. Babloo creates a type of video game for Laila, which becomes viral in no time. Unknown to people, it’s sponging their bank details. Laila plans to take away everyone’s money at one go. Indian intelligence comes to know of this and an intelligence officer Khan (Zakir Hussain) tries to recruit Babloo to bring down Laila. Babloo is initially hesitant but changes his mind after meeting Amrita Singh’s character, who lost all her money because of his scam. He adopts her as his mother and is now on a mission to avenge his mother and motherland.
Some ideas look good on paper and this is one of them. What could be better to cast Nawazuddin into a cross between The Joker from Batman and a queer Bond villain. And then have a super genius, who is also good at fights and stunts, fight against him and his army of goons. Sadly, director Ahmed Khan has made a hash of the execution. The non-linear editing just doesn’t work. We’re at a loss to understand where the film is going. One can easily take a nap in the midst of the film and not miss anything significant. Music and choreography, surprisingly, are the saving grace of this actioner. AR Rahman’s catchy tunes are imaginatively brought to screen. Both Tara Sutaria and Tiger Shroff share a sparkling chemistry and look good in each other’s company during these musical montages. Jalwanuma, in particular, is worth a mention. It’s a Sufiesque ballad and one would never have thought Tiger Shroff would look good in such a song. Both Tara and Tiger emote well here, in keeping with the song’s sombre mood. Perhaps the next Tiger Shroff film should be a proper musical, instead of an action film.
Heropanti (2014) Tiger’s debut film, was a remake of the Allu Arjun starrer Parugu (2008) had an emotional strand running throughout it. Apart from War (2019), Tiger has been guilty of choosing movies which lack a coherent story and screenplay. His directors lazily shoot one action scene after another and loosely attach them together. Such is the case with this one too. Both Tiger and Nawaz come with their own strengths and give them such shoddy material to play with is a criminal waste of both their talents. Both try hard to rise above the mundane. Nawazuddin is at his campy best and seems to be having a gala time of it all even amongst the worst of circumstances. He says the cheesiest lines with aplomb and is a professional through and through. Tiger Shroff too excels in what he does best. He beats up baddies like a superhero character, takes huge risks doing dangerous stunts and looks good showingcasing his washboard abs. We don’t doubt his intensity or his dedication. But we’ve kind of seen these stunts before and would have appreciated some novelty. Tara Sutaria ups the glam quotient of the film by a mile. Her frothy, bubbly character offers some comic relief as well.
All in all, watch the film for its superbly shot songs, Tiger and Tara’s chemistry and Nawazuddin’s campy antics. Just don’t look for a coherent script and you won’t be disappointed.
Trailer : Heroanti 2
Archika Khurana, April 29, 2022, 6:11 PM IST
Heroanti 2 Story: Babloo Ranawat (Tiger Shroff), a genius hacker, is tasked with tracking down Laila (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), the mastermind behind the world’s largest cybercrime yet to occur. Will Babloo be able to stop him?
Heroanti 2 Review: With ripping muscles, crisp six-pack abs, high-octane action, and double dhamaka, Babloo is back with his Heropanti. To be honest, the premise is predictable: Babloo is an unstoppable one-man army on a mission to track down the baddies and kick their a**es off in order to protect the world from cyber-crime. But apart from this basic plotline, Sajid Nadiadwala’s franchise Heropanti 2, serves up a lot more for the action-movie buffs.
After directing the Baaghi franchise, Ahmed Khan reunites with Tiger Shroff. And, as with his previous films, the story takes a back seat to the prospect of watching a hot hunk engage in a high-octane stunt duel. The first half is a little off-kilter and takes a while to settle in, post-interval one can expect a lot of stunts, thrills, twists and just enough masala and explosions to keep you entertained. The film excels in action set pieces by Ram Chella- Lakshman Chella, Parvez Shaikh & Kecha Khamphakdee, but it also delivers some unbelievable action choreography in which the hero and even his phone survive a major explosion. Eventually, Rajat Arora’s writing falls flat and takes the audience’s sensibility for granted. The story tries to be overwhelmingly larger than life, but in the process, it loses logic and becomes preposterous.
Laila, a hobbyist magician and cybercrime kingpin, is on the verge of robbing the Indian government. CBI has hired Babloo to prevent this calamitous event from happening. Will Bbloo be able to catch Laila, who always seems to be ten steps ahead of everyone? Will his love, Inaaya Saran (Tara Sutaria), a self-made billionaire and Laila’s sister, get him into more trouble and become a roadblock for him? Or is it simply a honey trap for Babloo or vice versa? Things reveal themselves in layers as the story progresses, keeping the audience engaged.
To make it a Hollywood-style movie, Ahmed Khan and his action team have designed the stunts of the film to recreate thrills that you’d usually watch in movies like Mission Impossible and Fast And Furious. And while the action is relentless and the dialoguebaazi is entertaining, the predictable storytelling in this film leaves a lot to be desired.
Tiger’s smouldering on-screen intensity, as well as the high-flying action, are both fascinating. His seeti-maar dialogue, ‘sabko aati nahi, meri jaati nahi,’ is a perfect fit for his personality and the stunts. Tara’s role is limited to mostly managing to up the glamor quotient of the movie. She is seen running around in high heels with Babloo, which is too tough to pull off in real life. Together, Tiger and Tara look good on-screen, but they don’t have that sizzling chemistry to talk about. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is in top form in playing a negative role as Laila. He literally hypnotises the characters in the film and leaves the audience stunned with his superb act. Amrita Singh adds a sense of humour to the narrative.
AR Rahman’s score heightens the drama’s feel, but every song drops randomly. Among the rest of the songs ‘Whistle Baja 2.0’ is the most upbeat number, but you’ll have to wait until the end of the movie to hear it. Tiger makes his singing debut with the song ‘Miss Hairan,’ which is quite surprising.
Like the typical entertainer, Heropanti 2 offers a little bit of everything—action, drama, music, romance and exotic locations. The screenplay makes room for a mix of commercial movie elements, but where the film is close is its action department, which gives Tiger’s fans ample to dig into. Looking for anything more than that, like its story, this one is not for you.
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