Critics Review


: A Smartly Reworked Revenge Tale

Essentially Sujoy Ghosh has not tampered with the basic structure and screenplay of the original film, deciding to let the remake work on its own with just the swap of genders over here. Hence the role reversal is seen in case of both the accused and the lawyer. For someone like me who had not seen the Spanish original before watching Badla there's a lot going in favour of a taut and engaging thriller. Starting off as a slow burner, the narrative takes some time to get you hooked to it but soon it does manage to pull you in, after which it�s a smooth journey. (more)

Source: Sethumadhavan, MovieCrow


A slick but predictable thriller with solid performances.

The predictability of the screenplay dampens the thrills occasionally, also the climactic twist requires a healthy dose of suspense of disbelief. But, even the seasoned genre faithfuls will agree that 'Badla' offers a creative and thrilling end to a captivating mystery.(more)

Source: Rachit Gupta, Times Of India


A well-crafted suspense thriller

Badla, an official remake of a Spanish murder mystery, pulls off a mostly gripping whodunit, something Bollywood rarely manages.(more)

Source: Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express


Amitabh Bachchan Is Classy, Taapsee Pannu Is Right On Button In Edgy Thriller

Badla is a crime thriller that lifts itself out of the limitations of the form by spotlighting questions of guilt and retribution without diluting its edgy quality. The film's multiple twists and turns will work best if you haven't seen Contratiempo. But even if you have, the quality of the acting and the technical finesse on show - Avik Mukhopadhyay's unobtrusive yet effective camerawork is especially noteworthy - make Badla an unmissable film.(more)

Source: Saibal Chatterjee , NDTV Movies


Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu keep audiences guessing

Badla remains an engaging film, and while we can blame Ghosh for casting Bachchan and somewhat spoiling the climax, he can't possibly be blamed for casting that man in a role that requires a lot of talking. Amitabh Bachchan has been in the movies for fifty years now, and whatever he says, we're listening.(more)

Source: Raja Sen., Hindustan Times


a lesson in mind games

Bachchan and Pannu are in fine form. Beyond them no other actor is of any major consequence save Amrita Singh who effortlessly steals everybody's thunder and turns out to be Badla's big takeaway. Here's hoping to see her more often on screen.(more)

Source: NAMRATA JOSHI, The Hindu


Entangles Your Mind-Wires, Leaving You With A Mini-Stroke!

Badla does not just keep you hooked till the end but it destroys your delusion of 'I've predicted the climax'. Outstandingly performed mind-numbing drama that is on a slow burner and in those last couple of minutes, it explodes like a good dream.(more)

Source: Umesh Punwani, Koimoi


BADLA is a smart and impressive suspense drama with the shocking climax and riveting performances being its USP.

Throughout the film, it'll be difficult to know if she's the victim or not and this is possible majorly through her convincing performance. Amrita Singh is natural and has a crucial part in the film. She proves yet again that she deserves to be seen more. Tony Luke has an accent but that works for his character. Performance wise, he is first rate. Manav Kaul is fine in a small role. Denzil Smith (cop) and the actors playing Sunny Kaur, Naina's husband Sunil are okay.(more)

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A Nicely Paced Thriller That Isn't As Smart As It Wants To Look

Badla remains forcibly consistent to this oeuvre of maternal rage. Only, it focuses on the other side of the kahaani, which is why you can see the strings and the puppeteers running the show. Making something - or someone, in this case 0 look better than it is maybe an art, but it is clearly a dying one.(more)



A gripping tale for fans of whodunit thrillers!

This one is not meant for all those teenyboppers who want an outing to cootchie-coo and munch popcorns in a dark theatre, or allow their fingers to tap and swipe their phones constantly. It requires dedicated viewing, and it's very gripping! Go, watch it!(more)

Source: Deccon Chronical, Deccan Chronicle


A unique blend of suspense, chamber-piece

Sujoy Ghosh captures two vital faces staring out of a window. They remind us of how important characterisation is to a tightly-wound plot, and how easily a suspense drama can come undone in the wrong hands.(more)

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Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu film will keep you hooked

If you have already seen The Invisible Guest, there is only a little more that Ghosh is serving you with Badla. But if you are watching Badla as a standalone film without any reference to the original, it will entertain and surprise you. Badla definitely deserves a watch for its surprise factor.(more)

Source: Charu Thakur, India Today