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Neeraj Pandey
Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati, Tapsee Pannu
160 min
MM Kreem
Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Sheetal sharma
Release Date
M. M. Keeravani, Meet Bros Anjjan, Sanjoy Chowdhury
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Inox Vizag


Verdict: Baby is a good action thriller with Akshay Kumar stealing the show with one of his best performances to date however doesn’t meet the standards set by Neeraj for himself.

Baby has opened to a lot of expectations as it is the third film of the successful director Neeraj Pandey and the second in Akshay-Neeraj combination. ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’ are extremely well handled in terms of direction and screenplay but Neeraj disappoints when it comes to Baby. The film is about an experimental team, ‘Baby’ which is created to combat terrorism by executing undercover operations and eliminating the terrorist groups. The first half of the film is slow paced and only helps in introducing the characters. There are also a lot of logical gaps in the film which is not expected of him. Having said that, he makes up for the slow pace in the second half and manages to deliver a decent action thriller.

Akshay Kumar is a completely different actor when he works in these kind of films as we have seen in Holiday and Special 26. His action is the biggest asset to Baby. He should concentrate working on such scripts instead of the hapless comedy films that he has been working in. Neeraj seems to be extracting the best out of Akshay Kumar. Rana Daggubati adds a little muscle to the team and Tapsee Pannu is good in the couple of scenes she is present. Both these stars have very less screen space. Anupam Kher is good in his little cameo in the last mission. Danny does his part pretty decently as well. The rest of the cast have all done their bit to add value to the film however, the roles of certain good actors like Kay Kay Menon are also very limited and this is something Neeraj could have worked on.

The production values of the film are good and the story is a gripping one. Screenplay by Neeraj himself is a little sloppy and this is definitely expected of him. There are a few illogical scenes which add to the irritation. Music is good and Background score elevates a few scenes very well. Editing could have been a little crisp and Cinematography is good. Dialogues for most part of the film are praise worthy.

Overall, Baby, like the rest of the films by Neeraj Pandey is different from the regular films and is watchable however, it still is the least effective of all his films. Watch it for Akshay Kumar, dialogues and the different attempt. 


Reviewed by Srikanth P


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