• Enjoy it for the brisk action thriller that it is, and try not to think about how much better it could’ve been.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    …though this film looks always to be on the move, it frequently stalls. The result is a sort of frantic business which flatters to deceive : ‘Baby’, fronted by its fleet-footed hero with his brisk moustache and its background-music-overlaid action, feels longer than it should.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    It is a testament to Neeraj’s skill that despite these flaws, he’s created a film that has drama and moments in which you clap and cheer. I especially enjoyed watching Taapsee Pannu, who plays a female agent, kicking serious butt. There are glimmers of genuine insight — early in the film, the head of Baby (a suitably grim Danny Denzongpa) says that the fact that terror groups now have Indian recruits reveals a failure of the state. But Neeraj chooses not to pursue that thorny narrative thread. Instead, we stay with the far more palatable and heroic tale of a few good men and one woman ready to sacrifice their lives for their country.

  • Rohit Vats
    Rohit Vats
    Hindustan Times


    The climax is strikingly similar to Argo, but with a little lesser planning and tension. Baby is not overtly dramatic and that saves the day towards the ending. The tempo is just perfect and the pace suits the situation. It’s a thriller in every sense; however Akshay getting calls from his wife in the middle of mission somehow hampers the fluidity. This reminds me of the scene where Mumbai Police Commissioner Anupam Kher receives a call from an insurance agent in a tense scene of A Wednesday. That was funny though.

  • Suparna Sharma
    Suparna Sharma
    Deccan Chronicle


    …for the last 10 or 15 minutes of ‘Baby’, it keeps you on the edge and sends you off feeling happy. But, too little, too late Pandey has written the story, script and directed ‘Baby’. Sometimes another pair of eye, another brain isn’t such a bad idea.

  • The second-half, especially the climax is where the film has scored well and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    Pandey’s Baby, one must say, wouldn’t have been as interesting without the lead troika.

    Go watch Baby for Akki-Kher-Danny troika!

  • Baby is a dreary drama that meanders from one action sequence to another without making the audience any wiser.

  • Srijana Mitra Das
    Srijana Mitra Das
    Times Of India


    Balancing characters, conspiracies and cities, director Neeraj Pandey admirably keeps Baby rich, yet tight, researched, non-sentimental and steely-eyed. Neeraj’s craft has grown – he’s taken trademark touches from films like Special 26 and A Wednesday, setting them here on a grand scale, with a breath-taking climax. The cinematography – desert dunes in nothing but shaded moonlight – is elegant while dialogues are robust.

  • Rohit Khilnani
    Rohit Khilnani
    India Today


    At 2 hours and 40 minutes Baby is too long to entertain and since it’s full of flaws it seems much longer.

  • Suhani Singh
    Suhani Singh
    India Today


    Following A Wednesday and Special Chhabis, Pandey works with a bigger canvas for his third film. But Baby proves that bigger doesn’t always mean better.

  • Baby is a must-watch film with rich content. This action thriller will woo you if you are a fan of watching raw action where blood spills and guns are trotted. An honest work that dares to bare terrorism and its religious connection. What I loved most about the film was its quality to hook you.

  • BABY is one of the finest films ever made in the history of Indian cinema. Not only because of its excellent cinematic credentials but also because of the balanced ‘Thought’ behind the film. Neeraj Pandey once again proves that he’s a genius. This time he proves, it’s possible to better Perfection. We say, hey baby, don’t think, just go for BABY. Cinema at its very best!

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    Baby offers a mixed bag, by and large it remains predictable for most parts but the redeeming factor is the finale that is reminiscent of Argo, but keeps you engrossed all the same. That may not be the only film that Baby reminds you of, there is also a bit of Nikhil Advani’s D-Day in the storyline.

  • Real world problems aside, watch the film for its well-executed action and ahem – that’s for you, ladies, for Pakistani hottie Mikaal Zulfiqar, who plays Akshay’s deeply connected contact in Gulf. And for the rejuvenated Khiladi Kumar, of course, who really knows how to kick some ass…

  • … it is Neeraj Pandey who stands out because it is his genius that shines through. The rest of the cast just fall in line under his directorial baton.

  • The film works on many levels; effective lines, some laced with dead-pan humour, the break-neck pace, near-perfect casting and minimal melodrama.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    Baby is one helluva roller coaster. Miss at your own risk.

  • So no matter whether you like the film or not, it’s hard to deem Pandey a thought provoking filmmaker because Baby seems a lot sillier a few hours after you see it. Pandey is a smart, commercial filmmaker though, because Baby basically exists for the singular purpose of filling three hours of your life with slickly-crafted and frequently outlandish thrills. Just like Ajay himself, the movie doesn’t stop until its mission is complete. Just plug some cotton in your ears though, the music is loud enough to wake up the dead.

  • While Baby is not a bad film, particularly by Bollywood standards, it is manipulative, ill-informed and lazily written. Its admiration and advocacy of violence is juvenile at best and irresponsible at worst. That said, Pandey, who is credited with story, script and direction, did have the good sense to show us that not all Muslims are terrorists, whether in India or anywhere else.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    Baby is an entertaining fare but it does not have some important ingredients of an entertainer, which the audiences are used to getting in films. Business could’ve been far better had the film taken a flying start but its ordinary initial on the one hand and absence of ingredients like romance, music, emotions and comedy on the other will ultimately restrict its business. Even though collections are bound to pick up due to positive word of mouth and in spite of the benefit of the Republic Day national holiday, it would not prove to be an earning proposition in the final tally as the price is high.

  • Piyush Chopra
    Piyush Chopra


    Neeraj Pandey manages to mold a reasonably smart film within the realms of commercial cinema, putting it firmly in the win column for both him and star Akshay Kumar.

  • Daily Bhaskar
    Daily Bhaskar
    Daily Bhaskar


    You can watch Baby for Akshay’s brilliant performance, and no nonsense cinema experience. It will not disappoint you if you will watch it just once.

  • What matters is that at no point do you question, and you ought to hand it to the writer-director who creates enough tension in every scene, even if very little lies beneath. Some of the dialogues are crackerjack. As is the comic timing. The locations are real, and they look stunning. The film holds your attention, and it stars Akshay Kumar. Hey, when was the last time you heard that?

  • The fact that innocent minds are captivated and influenced in the name of religion, must be seen as one of the biggest issues that our country is dealing with. Akshay Kumar has taken his action hero image to the next level with ‘Baby’.

    It is a must watch entertainer for every Indian. Go grab your tickets!

  • Vidula Menge
    Vidula Menge


    Akshay Kumar delivers a stunning, mature performance in Baby. The film is highly engrossing and sets the foundation for a thrilling climax.

  • Bollywood Life
    Bollywood Life
    Bollywood Life


    Well every venture has it’s pros and cons. Baby certainly has more of the former. The film is gripping, classy, sophisticated and well directed. With a stellar plot, memorable performance by Akshay Kumar and appealing sequences, I believe Baby is a venture which must be watched for it’s high class international quality!

  • The film is full of improbable developments, convenient cinematic license and absurd portions. The only redeeming features are the ensemble cast, a few engaging action portions and a fast-paced second half.

  • Yet, by far it is one of the most thrilling films in the last year or so. I don’t remember the last time I was nervous for the hero (that too, one played by Akshay Kumar) even though I knew more or less where the film was headed. To top it off, for a good hour or so. It ain’t new, yet it keeps you glued. That counts for quite a bit.

  • Anuj Kumar
    Anuj Kumar
    The Hindu


    The best part is the film doesn’t romanticise the job that these daredevils do nor does Neeraj turn it into a dry procedural. He does talk about the nameless nature of the job and the sacrifices these agents have to make but all of it is portrayed through the course of action with wry wit.

    Akshay Kumar nails the part. Restrained without being monotonous, Akshay keeps the heart throbbing.

  • JPN


    Helming, navigating and controlling this bridled exposition on anarchy is Akshay Kumar with his career’s best performance. His interpretation of an unsung hero’s stubborn determination to rescue the world from chaos, is mature and restrained, even when pitched against veteran actors with a formidable history of one-upmanship.

  • All in all, like how a baby child is thrilled to see something new, Akshay Kumar’s Baby will also leave you amazed and thrilled for solid reasons. A must watch…

  • Ambarish Ganesh
    Ambarish Ganesh


    There’s a sequence towards the end where Danny asserts the Indian Prime Minister that their plan of execution might be risky, but it is definitely ‘not dumb’. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the plot.