Naam Shabana: Skip it Baby!
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Shivam Nair's film Naam Shabana is nowhere near to what Neeraj Pandey did with 'A Wednesday', 'Baby' and 'Special 26'. Naam Shabana fails utterly to cash in the talents of powerhouse actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Danny Dengzopa (Feroze Khan), Anupam Kher (Shuklaji), Manav Vij and Zakir Hussain. The South Indian heartthrob Prithviraj Sukumaran (Tony) who has dished out fabulous roles earlier down south is wasted in this Bollywood outing as a villain. These actors are dwarfed to do nothing significant. Akshay Kumar (Ajay Singh Rajput) does nothing different here. He appears like a hero and vanishes too like a hero. Unfortunately, their presence doesn't elevate the film to an edge of the seat kind of a thriller.
Naam Shabana's titular role is played by Taapsee Pannu. She is good in action sequences but falls short in portraying a character who fights hard to hide her vulnerability and the required panache to be a secret agent.
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The film tells us the journey of a middle class Mumbai Muslim girl who is picked up by a secret agency for a special task to eliminate an international arms dealer. The agency claims to have some strong reasons and observations to recruit Shabana as one among them and Shabana has her own personal interest to toe the line of the agency. Neeraj Pandey's good intentions to portray a strong woman who can easily bring road Romeos to their knees falls flat when she change her garb from a normal college girl to a special task agent. Shabana as an agent is seen protected, rescued and even spoon-fed by the male agents around her.
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Naam Shabana even stumbles to give us a heartening love story and nor does it have some hummable romantic numbers. Like any other recent movies it also succumbs to the beaten path of playing out a new version of the old song 'Zubi Zubi'. Music composed by Rochak Kohli and Meet Bros are not mediocre.
In short, if you have any other priorities this week then skip this film 'baby' or watch it without any expectations you developed watching the previous film 'Baby'. Two hours and twenty eight minutes is too long for this under cooked action thriller.
Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 2/5
Cast: Taapsee Pannu (Shabana Khan), Akshay Kumar (Ajay Singh Rajput), Prithviraj Sukumaran (Tony), Manoj Bajpayee (Ranvir Singh), Anupam Kher (Om Prakash Shukla), Danny Denzongpa (Feroz Ali Khan), Taher Shabbir Mithalwala
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: Shivam Nair
Producers: Neeraj Pandey, Shital Bhatia
Written by: Neeraj Pandey
Screenplay: Neeraj Pandey
Music by: Rochak Kohli, Meet Bros
Cinematography: Sudheer Palsane
Edited by: Deepak Seju
Production: Friday FilmWorks, Cape of Good Films
Distributor: Eros International
Release Date: 31st March, 2017
Duration: 148 Minutes