Naam Shabana (2017) Movie Review
Producers: Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia
Director: Shivam Nair
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Manoj Bajpayee, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Akshay Kumar (Special Appearance), Anupam Kher (Cameo), Danny Denzongpa (Cameo), Murali Sharma, Eli Avram (Cameo)
Story/Script: Neeraj Pandey
Music: Meet Bros., Rochak Kohli
Genre: Action Spy Thriller
Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu) is a no-nonsense girl, who becomes emotionless due to her dark past. She is a Kudo Champion. She is an independent, strong girl lives with her mother. She sees her boyfriend’s murder in front of her. She wants to take revenge from his murderers. The Secret Agency wants to help her, but they ask her to join as an agent. They assign a mission to her, by which she has to kill an international criminal Mikhail (Prithviraj Sukumaran) in Malaysia. Ajay Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar) helps her in this mission. It will be interesting to see that how Shabana achieves this mission with Ajay Singh Rajput.
In Baby (2015), the audience liked Shabana’s character much. They were curious about Shabana’s background. That’s why, Neeraj Pandey has brought the spin-off story of Baby, which tells about Shabana more.
The movie is parted in two different stories. The first half is about Shabana’s personal life. It tells that How Shabana becomes a secret agent. This first half becomes an interesting and gripping drama.
Cinematography and editing are nice. The action scenes, especially the hand-to-hand combats have shot brilliantly.
The background music helps the narrative.
Talking about performances, Taapsee Pannu is emerging as an actress by each movie. She shows emotions in a detailed manner. She is impressive in actions scenes as well. Manoj Bajpayee has done a decent job. Akshay Kumar’s cameo is interesting. Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa shine in small roles. Prithviraj Sukumaran has not received much space in the movie.
The script is weak, especially in the second half. The logic has put aside in such scenes. Too many cinematic liberties have taken in the movie. It feels unbelievable when Shabana kills an international killer easily in the foreign country. We couldn’t see any thrill in the mission given to Shabana.
Akshay Kumar’s some scenes look unreasonable.
The music is average. If this movie was without any song, it could be better.
Is this movie worth a watch?
Yes. Especially for Taapsee Pannu and Akshay Kumar. Just ignore the poor script in the second half.
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