Critic’s Rating : 2.5 / 5
Heropanti 2 Movie Review : Heropanti 2 scores high on action, but it stops at just that
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.
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 Babloo 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 glamour 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 heights the drama feel, but every song drops in random places. 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.