BABY was like someone with an urge to pass gas – in short, excited squirts. Till at the end, it was one long, happy emission.
Let me be fair – it’s a fast-paced, well-shot movie with a compelling plot – just the ‘plot-holes’ kept knocking us out. Whether it was the laptop that survived a bomb blast, or the police who seems to be chasing Akshay at the airport but actually isn’t or the ‘good’ Samaritans that kept showing up as and when needed.
It is the story of a special operatives covert unit going by the same name that eliminates terrorist activities in India in its own discreet manner. When the agency is alerted about a multi-city attack on the country, chief Feroz Ali Khan (Danny Denzongpa) asks his most trusted man Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar) to take the lead. Along with his trusted aides, Jai (Rana Daggubati), Shuklaji (Anupam Kher) and Priya (Taapsee Pannu), Ajay is on a mission to get Bilal (Kay Kay Menon) who is in charge of carrying out the attacks. Team Baby follows the clues through different cities and countries to nab Bilal. The climax is shot in the beautiful desert of Al Dera.
Akshay Kumar is fantastic – he, once again, reminds us why he is our best action hero. He has a wife who’d might as well be one of those dolls the Japanese buy and fill with air. She is sweet, non-complaining and completely understanding. In fact, I want a wife like that.
Kay Kay strides in giving us goose flesh with his magnetic presence. You blink. He’s gone. A waste of talent!
Then there is a girl who is a co-agent who can beat men. She plays her part well, though the Kathmandu episode, in retrospect feels superfluous.
Anupam Kher as Shukla ji is endearing.
In the final analysis, Baby is definitely watchable. It has some amazing camera-work and moves at a thrilling pace. But, it is not clever. The plot meanders and makes convenient pitstops at waterholes that give it unrealistic turns.
I loved Neeraj Pandey’s ‘A Wednesday’. It was extremely grounded and gave the common man a shot of courage and hope. ‘Baby’, in comparison skateboards on precarious ground – realities on one side, and gasbagging on the other. A little more thought in writing it would have helped.
P.S. – Maulana Rehman is Pakistani actor, Rashid Naz, not Zohra Sehgal, as I had thought.