• Despite all its strengths, ‘Badlapur’ isn’t a perfect film. The pace slackens post-intermission, plot contrivances are many, and you might say the film is misogynistic in its treatment of women. These are relatively small problems in the larger picture, though. For the most part, the film keeps you on your toes, curious to see where its twists and turns will lead.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    ‘Badlapur’ takes a stab at an underlying theme which runs parallel to the revenge motif: can forgiveness, even for the most heinous of crimes, come with time; and, as a corollary, what, after all, is revenge? But the film doesn’t explore these fundamental questions with the kind of depth it could have. What is left is a bunch of jugular-grabbing explosive scenes, which make you sigh for the film this could have been. It should have left us scorched; it doesn’t​. For me, ‘Johnny Gaddar’ is still the film Raghavan has to scale.

  • Raja Sen
    Raja Sen


    As the curtain falls on Badlapur, any argument on rightness feels both moot and muddy.

    This is a noir world, its aftertaste like chocolate with 85% cocoa, and the answer is deceptively simple: Who gets right of way? The one in a greater hurry.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    The supporting players — from Huma to Kumud Mishra — are terrific. But ultimately, Badlapur rests on the towering talent of Nawazuddin.

  • Sweta Kaushal
    Sweta Kaushal
    Hindustan Times


    Badlapur is likely to disappoint Sriram Raghavan fans. The brilliant performances and gripping narrative, nonetheless, will keep you hooked. Watch it for Nawazuddin and Varun Dhawan, if nothing else. Certainly worth your time and money.

  • Kusumita Das
    Kusumita Das
    Deccan Chronicle


    As the film progresses the lines between the perpetrator and victim begin to fade. Sriram Raghavan turns the genre of revenge on its head. It’s as thrilling as it is introspective. There’s no good, bad or ugly. You see how ugly good can get, how bad can have some good too. No sides taken. Go figure.

  • Badlapur might not be in the Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddar league, but it is a happy sign that Sriram Raghavan has left Agent Vinod behind.

  • Mohar Basu
    Mohar Basu
    Times Of India


    Brisk and absorbing, concluding differently than expected, Badlapur is an inspired film that dangerously attempts to change the landscape of the thriller genre in Bollywood.

  • Raghavan takes one of the most worn-in genres in Bollywood and makes it fresh. Raghavan questions the nature of revenge, he questions whether the revenge justifies the crime, and whether our ideas of good and evil might need a rehaul. In an age when an eye for an eye is considered fair game, “Badlapur” makes us wonder if there is any point in keeping score.

  • Tushar Joshi
    Tushar Joshi
    DNA India


    Badlapur has some solid moments, terrific performances and a riveting storyline Watch it if violence and revenge turn you on!

  • Rohit Khilnani
    Rohit Khilnani
    India Today


    This film has some amazing moments and a lot of credit goes to the director and his actors. Raghvan gives them an open field to perform and show their best skills, the magic is obviously in the writing.
    If you enjoy thrillers then you shouldn’t miss Badlapur, you get the watch the best of Varun and Nawaz.

  • Suhani Singh
    Suhani Singh
    India Today


    Dhawan’s attempt is earnest but the laboured performance leaves you desiring for more especially when you are up against the more assured and at ease, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

  • Badlapur is a brilliant direction from Sriram Raghavan whose film opens like novel and is full of twists. According to me, the film’s best element is Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui who own this film right from start.

  • Badlapur is a commendable movie which attempts to step outside the confines of conventional Bollywood fare, and succeeds in doing so to a certain extent.

  • BADLAPUR offers you cinematic excellence with a rider that there’s violence and gore, which may not be everyone’s cup of bitter coffee. You shall be treated to truly unforgettable performances by Nawazuddin and Varun Dhawan. It is a film that will find patrons amidst the multiplex crowd. And yes, it is a film that will continue to live-on in the minds of cinema lovers for a long time to come.

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    From the director who made Johnny Gaddar (2007) one of the greatest thrillers ever in the history of cinema, Badlapur is a return to form for Sriram Raghavan, after the disappointing Agent Vinod. Raghvan’s forte is engaging the audience with the proceedings, the way he has crafted the characters and added twists and turns to the story, it could easily go on for another couple of hours and you would still be engrossed with his story telling.

  • Watch Badlapur. Yes, it is disturbing, but it is by far the best revenge saga I have seen in a long time.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    If it weren’t for the performances of the two lead actors and the great story by Massimo Carlotto, Badlapur would’ve been average fare. But it’s not. This is one heck of a thriller. The climax, that one final dialogue, where Huma Qureshi’s character lays it down for Varun’s character changes the entire context of the movie. These are moments that you’d usually associate with noir classics from Hollywood. Badlapur might just be our first little step towards making films that matter.

  • If you have the tensile strength to absorb gore, go for it.

  • Badlapur is a must-watch film, one of the first films in 2015 that managed to live up to expectations. Good performances in an intense story directed by an accomplished director.

  • What you mainly take away from this movie is its core; a story that tells us that most often the situation is the villain. And, perhaps, each of us is capable of turning a criminal when faced with an extreme situation.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    Badlapur takes the cinema of eye for an eye to a new high. The feral ferocious face-offs between Varun and Nawazuddin captured in the colour of wrath and doom by cinematographer Anil Mehta, confer a vital visceral velocity to the virile vendetta saga. At the end the darkness of despair gets to you. I am not sure why I felt cheated and betrayed.

  • Bindu Suresh Rai
    Bindu Suresh Rai


    Raw and gritty, this revenge drama is a must-watch cinematic fare…

  • The question of comparison to Ek Haseena Thi and Johnny Gaddaar is irrelevant. Badlapur is the kind of film we need more of, and also the kind of film that you need to see. It’s in theaters now, so if you want to see a change in the quality of Bollywood products, buy a ticket or two.

  • The tempo does pick up after the interval, but at the expense of logic and it isn’t enough to whip up our flagging interest in Raghu and Liak. Part of the problem is that there is no tension in Badlapur. Liak and Raghu circle each other from safe distances. There’s no threat to Liak’s life or to that of anyone he cares about. Raghu’s actions become increasingly illogical and his motivations become difficult to fathom. The last part is intentional, but it doesn’t help to hold the attention of an audience that cares less and less for Raghu.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    Badlapur will be liked more by the classes and will score in the big cities, ultimately proving a safe bet. Its appeal for the womenfolk, families and the small centres is limited.

  • Piyush Chopra
    Piyush Chopra


    Badlapur is an intense and captivating cinematic experience for those bored of the typical Bollywood shtick and looking for something refreshingly different. It also marks a scintillating return to form for director Sriram Raghavan. Sure, it may not stand the test of time and repeat viewings as his Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddaar have, but even a sub-100% Sriram Raghavan is a brilliant Sriram Raghavan. You’d be remiss not catching this film at a nearby theater this weekend.

  • Daily Bhaskar
    Daily Bhaskar
    Daily Bhaskar


    If you are planning to watch something that would give you your money’s worth this weekend, catch this well made, action-crime-saga.

  • If you would like to see different kind of cinema and are a fan of Nawazuddin, then ‘Badlapur’ isn’t something that you can afford to miss. Varun too will surprise you with his mature performance.

    Do grab a ticket this weekend to head to ‘Badlapur’.

  • Vidula Menge
    Vidula Menge


    If you’re tired of seeing Varun Dhawan play the boy-next-door, Badlapur is a refreshing change. Watch it for Nawazuddin’s flawless performance. And yes, do not miss the beginning!

  • IndiaGlitz
    India Glitz


    ‘Badlapur’ is Raghavan’s classic modern revenge noir triggered by a career redefining breakthrough performances by Varun Dhawan and Nawaz’s class act. A must for the patrons of noir, dark, gritty and quality cinema.

  • Bollywood Life
    Bollywood Life
    Bollywood Life


    It is not an everyday occurrence when a film manages to be witty, bold and classy at the same time. If you enjoy intense dark flicks, Badlapur is for you. Even if dark films are not your cup of tea, watch it for Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Varun Dhawan, who are the heart and soul of the film.

  • The film is mainly recommended for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s class act as the impudent criminal. Other than that, the film has some solid, immersing moments and an equal number that are misogynistic and repulsive.

  • Starting with a philosophy “The axe forgets. The tree remembers.”, Badlapur obviously aims at being a psychological thriller. Unfortunately, it neither is whole-heartedly psychological nor a thriller. Even though it makes you introspect your attitude towards crime and justice.

  • Rahul Desai
    Rahul Desai
    Mumbai Mirror


    It is easy to mistake an unpleasant viewing experience for a bad one. Badlapur is as uncomfortable as it gets, but it’s also as good as it gets. Exemplary craft apart, this film also reiterates the importance of challenging convention-an art long abandoned for the haze of commerce.

  • When was the last time you saw a film with such meticulous attention to character detailing? The film might not land smoothly after this ambitious a jump but it is certainly an effort that deserves applause. Or as the believers say, Jai Sri Ram.

  • JPN


    What you mainly take away from this movie is its core; a story (written by Sriram Raghavan) that tells us that most often the situation is the villain. And, perhaps, each of us is capable of turning a criminal when faced with an extreme situation.

  • …this is no mindless gore-fest, as the director and actors do a good job of drawing you into their heads — no matter how warped or twisted.

  • Murtaza Ali Khan
    Murtaza Ali Khan


    Badlapur is part psychological thriller, part character study that entertains while simultaneously making the viewer think. While the movie has several spine-chilling sequences (some harking back to the works of Alfred Hitchcock), there are also some light moments that provide some respite from the ever brewing tension.

  • Badlapur is a psychological roller coaster. It’s a brilliant cinema that would change the meaning revenge thrillers.

  • The film is extremely exciting and gripping in the first 10 minutes but then it drags on for the rest of the first half. The second half has a promising start as we expect to see the badla that is to come but there a lot of lumpy scenes with a few cringeworthy edits. Not being a fan of anti-climax and endless connecting scenes to fill the void till some action or a fast paced scene had us taking a few points away from the film. The film’s trailer has been made from all the promising scenes and overall the film is a tad bit disappointing.

  • Badlapur is a revenge drama full of blood bath which marks the new beginning for Varun Dhawan in Bollywood industry. Don’t miss to watch this in big screen if you are 18 years and above.

  • BADLAPUR is worth 80 percent of your ticket value- if you are the kind who enjoys watching twisted, psychologically testing entertainment. I would advise definitely give it a chance.