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  • Yet it is an aspirational film. Because the Naam Shabana India, though pretty close to what we have today, has still elements of the India we want to be.

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  • ...may not have an innovative plot but it's a definite crowd pleaser.

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  • ...is a well-made thriller with two contrasting storylines in the film’s two halves playing the spoilsport.

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  • Sorry, but the running time is the film’s first inherent flaw. Frankly, Shabana shone in Baby because she was in a cameo. Someone missed the point, guys.

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  • ...if you're up for a flick about a lady agent kicking serious behinds, this could float your boat. Even otherwise, it's worth a watch.

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  • ...squanders its potential.

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  • ...the story is a tad too obvious, but the action sequences redeem the film.

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  • If you want to watch Naam Shabana, do; just make sure you don't go in with the expectation of watching a riveting action-thriller like Baby.

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  • Good news: There is a woman beating up bad man after bad man to save the world. Bad news: That is not qualification enough to make a film good.

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  • ...for all its avowed aspirations, it rarely ventures beyond the trite and tested. Watch it only if standard-fare action dramas do not put you off.

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  • The film could have been better paced, all thanks to the under-cooked narrative. Naam Shabana is a throw away effort from director Shivam Nair and producer Neeraj Pandey, where the only saving grace is Taapsee’s act.

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  • The film might appear radical enough to show a woman fight her way past the men but at the heart of things rests a very male, big boy world-view.

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  • The filmmakers go back to explore Shabana's back-story. What is it that you might want to know about her? Precious little, by the looks of it.

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  • It barely works in this case largely due to the script, but in part because of Pannu’s deadpan expressions and in part because of director Nair overtelling it.

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  • The film is not as gripping or fast-paced as you’d expect a thriller to be.

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  • The problem at the root of this film is that it literally offers nothing new, other than the idea of a woman who knows her way around a fight. The plot is predictable from the word go, and yet it unfolds over an excruciating two-and-a-half hours.

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  • ...leaves you with a niggling question: why create a heroine in the action hero mode, with both mind and heart, and then give her a big bro to ‘help’ her out? This results in second-guessing your biggest asset, wondering if she is a liability.

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  • Unfortunately, it is not just the direction that falters. Neeraj’s screenplay isn’t as taut as his previous outings either. It lacks the depth of A Wednesday, Baby and Special 26.

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  • And next time you wish to make a prequel to a hit, again, please do so because you have a substantial story to tell, not because you want to cash in on a successful brand.

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