has its soul intact but the plot is tremendously loose. It begins with a farmer committing suicide to draw the attention of the Chief Minister of UP to his village, Badlapur, and their need for water.
His 10-year-old son, Vijay (Shashank Udapurkar) has to now shoulder the responsibility of earning money to help his mother. He goes to a neighbouring village to tend to goats in the field. Being an avid kabbadi player, he is lured by the sound of the local boys playing the sport in an open field. He joins them and on his return learns that the goats have gone astray.
He gets a beating from his boss and is made to promise that he will never play kabaddi again. Grown up now, Vijay dutifully performs his tasks while he watches the local team get a beating in every outing.
They decide to go to another state to participate in a state level tournament where they are politely turned down. Vijay has tagged along as one of the players decides his job was more important. However, as luck would have it, one team fails to turn up and they are given a chance to perform at the national level, without knowing some of the basic rules of the game!CHECK OUT: BADLAPUR BOYS Movie Preview
They manage to pull through the initial rounds and towards the end are helped by Anu Kapoor who is the coach of the Railways team, but walks out because of the politics within the set-up.
Vijay is now the star player and in the semi-finals he is a marked man. He suffers a grave injury, but despite that plays in the final to earn the crucial point that gives the Badlapur Boys the title.
Director Shailesh Verma had a good storyline in place but he takes too many cinematic liberties to push the plot forward. Add to it the unnecessary love angle from two different girls and he runs the unenvious task of pulling the film further down. Then there is that unnecessary fight sequence. How Vijay landed out of the hospital bed is still a mystery to me.CHECK OUT: BADLAPUR BOYS brings Kabbadi in limelight!
What hits you hard as the viewer is Vijay's fight for his village and his quest to prove that his father was not mad, as is being said by the entire village and that his sacrifice was not in vain. Further, Vijay wants to prove, at all costs that he is not a son of a mad father, a taunt he has grown up listening to.
Shashank as Vijay brings honesty and an earnest appeal to the character. He makes you want to like him, without going over the top with his goodness. What also goes for the film is the casting of the Badlapur team. Verma has selected interesting characters who add colour to the screen.
Alas! That was not enough. A smarter control over the story and less cinematic liberties would have given this movie a different hue.
The three stars are purely for its soul-searching moments.