Baby – An Action-Packed Entertainer

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For the record, Baby is thus named after a top-secret Indian espionage/counter-terrorism agency launched post-26/11. Why Baby; because it was meant to be temporary. A special undercover team is formed by the government under the leadership of Feroze Ali Khan (Danny Denzongpa) to wipe out Pakistani terrorists spreading terror in India. In the team are sincere and dedicated members, the best among them being Ajay (Akshay Kumar). Ajay puts duty before self and his family comprising wife (Madhurima Tuli) and two little children, Arjun (master Khushmeet) and Ananya (baby Dishita).

One Pakistani terrorist, Bilal Khan (Kay Kay Menon) is already in an Indian jail. The mastermind, Maulana Mohammed Rehman (Rashid Naz), is in Pakistan and has evil designs to strike in India. Jamal (Karan Gupta), working for the undercover Indian team, betrays the team and leaks information to the terrorists because of which one honest team member, Rakesh (Taskin), is captured by them. Both, Rakesh and Jamal, have to ultimately pay with their lives.

Bilal Khan escapes from captivity and flees the country. The undercover team gets lucky when Ajay reaches Taufeeq (Jameel Khan) and gets vital information about a terrorist, Javed (Vatsal Rajan). However, when his team goes to arrest Javed, all the team members except Ajay, and the terrorist himself are killed. Taufeeq also commits suicide.

Soon, Ajay gets a lead about terrorist Waseem Khan (Sushant Singh) being in Nepal. He goes to Nepal along with Priya (Tapsee Pannu) and the two succeed in bringing Waseem to India.  The one bright spot in the proceedings is actress Taapsee Pannu’s very credible turn as an undercover agent who single-handedly wallops a villain in Nepal. They torture Waseem till he reveals that Bilal Khan is in Al-dera in Saudi Arabia and is planning many terrorist attacks in India.

Ajay, accompanied by Jai (Rana Daggubati) and Shukla (Anupam Kher), goes to Al-dera to stop Bilal Khan from spreading terror in India. The trio manages to reach Bilal who is lodged in a hotel. But the three aren’t prepared for another terrorist who is with Bilal Khan.

Who is the other terrorist? Do Ajay, Jai and Shukla capture or kill both the terrorists? If so, how? If not, what hap­pens to the two terrorists and the planned terror attacks in India? Who is Ashfaq, the local in Al-dera, whom Ajay and group rely on while they are there? Does Ashfaq help them?

Neeraj Pandey’s story is simple and connects easily with the audience because terrorism is a subject easily understood by everybody. However, the screenplay concentrates on the entire process of the working of the undercover team and that is interesting as well as quite novel. Although the film has plenty of action, drama, tension and thrills, the other ingredients of a commercial entertainer – romance, songs, comedy and emotions – are almost completely absent. The tension and the excitement keep the audience interest alive right from the start till the end. Neeraj Pandey’s dialogues are very good but they often lack the punch, because of which there aren’t many clap-worthy moments.

Akshay Kumar does a splendid job and puts his all into the character of Ajay. He performs so brilliantly that he looks every inch like an undercover agent. If his acting is excellent, his action scenes are marvelous. Danny Denzongpa’s lends the character a lot of dignity with his able acting. In spite of absence of romance, music, emotions and comedy, the Director – Neeraj pandey has made a film which keeps the audience engrossed and entertained. Music and Lyrics are functional. The cinematography deserves distinction marks. Action and stunts are enjoyable and more to this the editing is crisp.

On the whole, 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.

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