This Republic Day weekend’s big release Baby, starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Rana Daggubati and others seems to be one to watch out for. In recent times, Bollywood projects involving Akshay Kumar tend to range from the mindless (Rowdy Rathore is a case in point) to the meaningful (OMG! Which was one of the best films of that year). One does hope that Baby will belong to the latter category. Projected as a spy thriller this one seems more in keeping with the nationalistic overtones of Akshay Kumar’s recent action thriller Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty.
Film – Baby (Release date 23 January 2015)
Starring – Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa, Rana Daggubati, Mikaal Zulfiqar Taapsee Pannu, and Madhurima Tuli (Tanu of Kumkum Bhagya)
Producer – Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Shital Bhatia, Cape of Good Films, Crouching Tiger
Director – Neeraj Pandey
Story/Screenplay –Neeraj Pandey
Music – Meet Bros Anjjan, M Kreem
Running time – 160 minutes
The official trailer of Baby starts out with the speech of someone who appears to be a Jihadi terrorist. There is mention of a villain Bilal, whom the team is apparently trying to capture. Exotic locations (the film is shot in locations such as Kathmandu, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, as well as Indian cities), a lot of violence and a few smart lines follow. The trailer points to themes of national pride so we have a fair idea of what to expect. Made by Those Who Give a Damn, the legend informs us.
Baby – Poster, Preview
Probably the first thing that strikes is the incongruity of the name Baby for an espionage film that seems to bristle with violent villains and even more violent good guys. Turns out the film is called “Baby” because that is the nickname for the operation that Akshay Kumar’s character Ajay Singh Rajput, a Counter Intelligence Agent is a part of. This unit is on a 5 year trial and as something in its ‘infancy’ it is called Baby.
The story is about the men and women who guard ordinary citizens from the constant threat of terror attacks. Akshay Kumar’s character is a part of the elite team of 25 highly skilled individuals who are trained to weed out terrorism; chosen for a secret counter intelligence unit that consists of the top picks from the armed forces.
In the course of the operations, a major threat to the nation is discovered. This plot is masterminded by a fanatical terrorist, Maulana Mohammed Rahman (and others because the film features as many as 5 malevolent looking baddies) who must be stopped before he puts his diabolical plan into action. The film Baby reportedly features two secret missions; one in Nepal; and then moving on to Abu Dhabi. One of the USPs of the film is the action sequences and high octane stunts, many of which the actors have performed themselves.
Baby is projected as a film different than the usual masala films with the regulation romance and comedy, naach-ganaa and the item number thrown in for good measure. It is being predicted that this will be a film with a serious, issue based story and strong content that is much more than fluff. Social media has been abuzz with news about Baby and netizens seem to await this film with high expectations. BABY Film This Friday is trending on Twitter today, which points to high level of anticipation.
Baby – Music
The music seems to be subtle and understated; in keeping with the serious issues that the film seeks to address. Songs such as Main Tujhse Pyaar Nahin Karta and Beparwah are unhurried in pace and appear to be designed to overlay the sequences of the film rather than the typical lip synch Bollywood songs.
By – Reena Daruwalla