Baabarr: One baar watch!
Director: Ashuu Trikha
Starring: Sohum Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Om Puri, Tinnu Anand, Shakti Kapoor, Sushant Singh, Urvashi Sharma, Mukesh Tiwari, Govind Namdeo, Vivek Shauq, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Pratima Kazmi
Rating: 3 out of 5
Baabarr set in Uttar Pradesh beautifully essays the brutal reality of evil-mentality of cops-politicians-gangsters and the deterioration of the law and order. Sohum Shah (Baarbarr) wears the mask of fear and is in the world of crime since the age of 12 when he shot a man with cold-bloodedness. He is the epitome of fear for everyone from an aam aadmi (common man) to influential politicians. To put an end to his cruelty, the government appoints an encounter specialist S.P. Dwivedi (Mithun Chakraborty) to either arrest or kill him. A sincere attempt by Ikram Akhtar does have negative points too. Baarbarr backs on a strong script but lacks impact when it comes to overall film.
This particular genre has been explored before as well. Baarbarr brings the memory of Satya and Parinda days with a refreshing change. The tagline- crime never ends; it only changes face, truly goes with the storyline, which showcases the reality of how people, even kids, live by the gun and die by the gun.
Ashuu Trikha’s deserves full-marks for direction. Cinematographer Suhass Gujarathi is simply superb. Sohum Shah proves it all with a terrific performance. Mithun Chakraborty is excellent. Om Puri yet again brilliant and outstanding. Tinnu Anand amazes with yet another strong performance. Shakti Kapoor is back with a bang. Sushant Singh is perfect for his part. Urvashi Sharma is good. Govind Namdeo is promising. Mukesh Tiwari is fantastic. Vivek Shauq, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Pratima Kazmi leave a make with small but pivotal roles.
Overall, Baabarr is a power-packed story with all the elements in a place. It’s worth a watch. Go and grab the opportunity.
-Esha Razdan/ Sampurn