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  • ...is cleverly scripted and executed with a brilliant cast. It is both engaging and enjoyable. It is also probably a rare Bollywood film that you have to love because it manages to outsmart you!

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  • Ruled by exceptional performances, The Sujoy Ghosh directed movie is a movie that transcends the normal constraints of its genre and is worth your investment of both time and attention.

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  • The predictability of the screenplay dampens the thrills occasionally, also the climactic twist requires a healthy dose of suspense of disbelief. But, even the seasoned genre faithfuls will agree that Badla offers a creative and thrilling end to a captivating mystery.

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  • ...the movie feels too verbose and claustrophobic because a major portion is set inside just one room. But, if you take a deep breath and let that feeling pass, you may just find yourself "digging deep" into the proceedings.

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  • Many mystery stories for one. Each one drawing you in, to think about the details. What more can we ask for? Have great actors tell us the stories? Sure, take that too.

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  • ...is a true-blue mystery thriller alright. Bollywood directors don't much attempt the genre and it's high time they did so...

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  • Both Taapsee and Amitabh are in top form, and the oscillating power dynamics between the two makes for an engaging watch.

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  • ...is a well-crafted suspenseful thriller...

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  • ...while it manages to hold your attention and interest for the large part, the proceedings tend to occasionally get a bit too theatrical.

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  • ...is a smart and impressive suspense drama with the shocking climax and riveting performances being its USP.

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  • ...wears the air of a cold, civil, old-fashioned whodunit, which treats its premise like an insidious game and characters with undisguised suspicion.

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  • ...the quality of the acting and the technical finesse on show - Avik Mukhopadhyay's unobtrusive yet effective camerawork is especially noteworthy - make Badla an unmissable film.

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  • Sharp editing, intense music score and beautiful cinematography work wonders for the film. A strong narrative backed by good performances make Ghosh's Badla a winner.

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  • I was sold to the ride that Badla took me on; but, does it live it up to the thrill of Ghosh's Kahaani? Nah, that will need cleverer writing. Yet, this is worth a watch.

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  • ...remains an engaging film, and while we can blame Ghosh for casting Bachchan and somewhat spoiling the climax, he can’t possibly be blamed for casting that man in a role that requires a lot of talking.

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  • The film doesn’t pack the wallop that Kahaani delivered, but it’s a respectable enough thriller that seldom loses grip of its pace or your attention.

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  • ...remains watchable until the end but it doesn’t become essential viewing.

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  • ...the film is well adapted, but does feel like the plot is too convoluted, and it goes on and on, even though it lasts only for two hours.

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  • If revenge is a dish best served cold, this one isn’t icy enough.

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  • if you are not in too demanding a mood, this is an enjoyable film.

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  • Taapsee Pannu is unable to summon up the blank canvas onto which all manner of possibilities can be projected, while Amitabh Bachchan hops on the gravitas train for the nth time.

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  • ...has a great cast and a nice look. But it does not intrigue.

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  • ...despite an overall watchable quality, especially towards the end, Badla is a tepid affair.

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