Badal (2000)


Badal (2000)
Cast: Bobby Deol, Rani Mukherjee, Amrish Puri
Director: Raj Kanwar
Nutshell: a mindless and violent tale of a terrorist out to avenge the death of his parents


I expected nothing of this film and hence, it certainly rises in one’s estimation if it remains at all watchable…which it is. Essentially a mass orientated film with no aspirations of being anything else but a mindless and violent tale of a terrorist out to avenge the death of his parents and sister by a corrupt policeman.

Bobby Deol plays the title role and is the sole survivor of a family which is murdered by the corrupt policeman (Ashutosh Rana), anxious to make a name for himself. He is saved by a terrorist and is brought up by him (Ashish Vidyarti) and his sole goal is to kill Rana.

In his quest, he comes across Rani (Rani Mukherjee) who surprise surprise falls in love with him. Badal is “adopted” by another policeman (Amrish Puri) thinking him to be a simpleton from his own village. Initially reluctant, Badal begins to give in to the family and the family sort of adopt him as their own. However, Badal has to stick to his mission and this causes a conflict with the upright policeman in whose house he is staying. Its all mish mash really, sort of cops and robbers stuff, with villains flying through windows or cars perched on the edge of a cliff, badal leaping hundreds of feet from the top of hills onto roads and onto trucks..and out of trucks, of course unscathed. Lots of songs, some dances, this has it all.

All done in a rather vulgarly slick manner. Badal is like a poor cousin of “Soldier”, not that that was an achievement to behold. Its no better or no worse than your average film and is mindless enough to appeal to the common man in the smaller centres.

Bobby Deol carries a hangdog expression through out the film (except for the songs) which I suppose is to signify his angst and turmoil at what happened to him as a child and his mission!

Rani Mukherjee has no role at all except a few songs. But she really is a bright spark…carries the same sort of fizz that Mumtaz or Sridevi had in their time. Amrish Puri is good in the role of the upright policeman who looks upon Badal as his son. Ashutosh Rana is also an able villain. The music is OK although several numbers have been quite popular. Its not music that you will hum many months from now