|Directed by||Ahmed Khan|
|Written by||Ahmed Khan|
Niraj Kumar Mishra
|Story by||Original Story:|
|Based on||Kshanam (2016)|
by Ravikanth Perepu
|Produced by||Sajid Nadiadwala|
|Cinematography||Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran|
|Edited by||Rameshwar S. Bhagat|
|Distributed by||Fox Star Studios|
|Budget||₹59 crore[better source needed] (Note: figure contains print and advertising costs}|
|Box office||est. ₹253 crore|
Baaghi 2 (transl. Rebel 2) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Ahmed Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment banner. Based on the Telugu film Kshanam, and serving as the second installment in the titular film series, it stars Tiger Shroff as the titular protagonist with Disha Patani in the lead role and is the first spiritual sequel to the 2016 film Baaghi, originally distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, which was replaced by Fox Star Studios as distributor and co-producer, with Patani replacing Shraddha Kapoor as the female lead. Manoj Bajpayee, Darshan Kumar and Prateik Babbar were cast as the antagonists.
and tells the story of Ranveer "Ronnie" Pratap Singh, an Indian Army officer who sets out to find and rescue his ex-girlfriend's three year old daughter from the clutches of her kidnappers in Goa. Principal photography commenced for the film in August 2017, and it was shot in Mumbai, Pune, Shanghai, Goa, China, Manali and Thailand. The film was finished with a budget of ₹590 million (US$7.8 million), including print and promotion costs.
Baaghi 2 was released worldwide on 30 March 2018 including 3500 screens in India. Although the action sequences and the cast performances received praise, the film was criticized for its inconsistent script and direction. The film grossed over ₹2.53 billion (US$34 million) worldwide to become the third highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2018.
A second spiritual sequel, Baaghi 3, based on the Tamil film Vettai, was released on 6 March 2020. Nadiadwala, Khan and Shroff returned for the film, with Kapoor reassuming the female lead role, and Patani in a special song appearance.
Neha, a married woman has a daughter, Rhea whom she loves dearly. On Rhea's first day of school, Neha is attacked by masked men. She files a complaint to police, saying the men took Rhea away. The police conduct an investigation but find nothing. Undeterred by this, Neha seeks help from former boyfriend Ranveer "Ronnie" Pratap Singh, an Indian army Para SF soldier.
In past, Ronnie met Neha during their college time and fell in love with her at first sight. After some incidents, she too fell in love with Ronnie. However, her father Mahendra got diagnosed with cancer and before dying, requested Neha to marry Shekhar, a wealthy businessman. Wanting to fulfill Mahendra's last wish, Neha tearfully broke up with Ronnie although they decided to remain friends.
Back in present, Ronnie meets a terrified Neha and agrees to help her. They reach police station where the F.I.R. writer, Inspector Sharad misbehaves to Neha. Ronnie beats up him in retaliation, an action that gets him arrested. But, he is soon released on a request from D.I.G. Ajay, a batchmate of Ronnie's commanding officer Colonel Ranjit.
Ronnie is summoned back by Ranjit to the base, but changes his mind while traveling with a local physically disabled agent, Usman whose help he has sought, and goes to Rhea's school. The principal denies any kidnapping incident around the school premises. Ronnie meets Shekhar's brother Sunny, a drug addict and follows him to a building where he finds out Usman is involved in drug peddling.
In the process, Ronnie fights and defeats the two people. He asks Usman about Rhea, but Usman doesn't seem to know anything. Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Loha Singh Dhull is assigned to the case. Shekhar meets and tells Ronnie that Neha was diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder and began to hallucinate about having a daughter Rhea, while also adding that he doesn't have a daughter.
Ronnie checks the CCTV footage and finds out no one else other than Neha in the car. He angrily yells at Neha, who asks him to leave. Just about to leave, he sees height measurements on the wall indicating that Rhea could be a real child and begins to doubt himself, but it is a split second too late as Neha jumps from the grill and commits suicide, feeling helpless as no one believed her.
Eventually, Usman admits to having seen Rhea when he visits Ronnie at a hotel — he called Sunny for drug delivery when he spotted his men taking a blindfolded Rhea to a den; he paid Usman to keep mum. They go to a bar; Ronnie chases Sunny but LSD captures Ronnie, who he asked to wait at the hotel. The police interrogate Sunny, but Ajay shoots him to death in a heated moment.
Ronnie says he has evidence that Rhea is alive, and gets Usman to meet Ajay and LSD. Ajay takes Ronnie to his home, telling him that he lost his family in an accident. At the same time, two attackers brutally beat Usman. Ronnie comes there, finds Usman bleeding and fights the two attackers. Usman dies due to his injuries.
Ronnie takes the phone of an attacker, and sees a photo of himself taken in Ajay's house, figuring out Ajay is the mastermind. He goes to his hideout, battles many goons in the jungle and destroys helicopters while bleeding. Ronnie kills a person who acted as Rhea's father, but is shot by Ajay, who reveals that Shekhar hated Rhea and paid him to kidnap her. Shekhar burnt all of Rhea's photos and toys.
Ajay tries to kill Ronnie, but Loha shoots him to death. Ronnie sees Rhea before fainting. LSD explains Shekhar was sterile, which moved him to take up this drastic step, implying that Rhea is Ronnie's daughter. Ronnie remembers when Neha told him she has to marry Shekhar, he and Neha ended up making love. In the end, Ronnie takes Rhea to his house and imagines Neha smiling at him, smiling back.
- Tiger Shroff as Captain Ranveer "Ronnie" Pratap Singh: Neha's former boyfriend, an army officer, and Rhea's father
- Disha Patani as Neha Salgaonkar (née Rawat): Ronnie's former girlfriend, Rhea's mother and Shekhar's wife
- Manoj Bajpayee as DIG Ajay Shergill
- Randeep Hooda as ACP Loha "LSD" Singh Dhull
- Darshan Kumar as Shekhar Salgaonkar: Neha's husband and Rhea's stepfather
- Deepak Dobriyal as Usman Langda
- Prateik Babbar as Sunny Salgaonkar: Shekhar's brother and one of Rhea's kidnappers
- Arravya Sharma as Rhea Salgaonkar / Rhea Pratap Singh: Neha and Ronnie's daughter, Shekhar's stepdaughter
- Shaurya Bhardwaj as Colonel Ranjit Singh Walia: Ronnie's mentor and boss
- Vipin Sharma as Mahendra Kumar Rawat, Neha's father
- Sunit Morarjee as Inspector Sharad Kute
- Pushy Anand as Rhea's school principal
- Indraneel Bhattacharya as Anand Tyagi
- Ashwin Kaushal as the bungalow owner
- Jacqueline Fernandez as Mohini (in item song "Ek Do Teen")
On 1 May 2017, Tiger Shroff posted the first look poster of the film on his Twitter account. The producer of the film, Sajid Nadiadwala, collaborated with Fox Star Studios and the film was released under Fox Star Studios and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.
Initially, it was reported that Jacqueline Fernandez and Kriti Sanon were considered for the lead female role. However, in June 2017, Disha Patani was cast after going through a screen test with Shroff. Talking about the cast, Nadiadwala said, "They share an amazing onscreen chemistry, which was evident in their look test. Disha is just perfect for the role. I am happy with my cast and am excited to kick-start the project."
The film was produced on a budget of ₹590 million ($8.38 million).
Principal photography started on 8 August 2017. The shoot began with a song featuring the lead cast members on a set in Mumbai, followed by scenes shot on a campus in Pune. Then the team filmed in Manali, Thailand, China, Goa and Ladakh. A torture scene of Shroff's character was filmed while the actor was naked.
Marketing and release
The first trailer of the film was launched on 21 February 2018 by Shroff and Patani. The film was released worldwide on 30 March 2018. It opened in 4,125 screens in 46 countries, including 3,500 screens in India.
Baaghi 2 earned ₹251 million net on its opening day, marking the biggest opening-day of 2018 (ahead of Padmaavat), the biggest Good Friday opening, the third biggest opening in the last 15 months (behind Tiger Zinda Hai and Golmaal Again), and the seventh biggest for an action film. After a robust opening day, it fell gradually by −20% on its second day earning an additional ₹204 million. In doing so, the film eclipsed the entire opening weekend – ₹385.8 million – of the first film in just two days. Box office pundits believed the fall could have been lesser had Friday not been a partial holiday, owing to Good Friday. After two weeks, the movie had grossed over ₹1,903.2 million in India.
Overseas, it made $6.4 million (₹417.6 million) after two weeks. The film grossed a total of ₹257 crore ($39.3 million) worldwide, including ₹2.11 billion (US$28 million) in India and ₹461.1 million overseas. The film was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2018.
Rajeev Masand gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5, saying that "It's hard to feel anything other than sheer frustration watching Baaghi 2, given how the filmmakers have squandered the potential of the central idea. This remake of the 2016 Telugu hit Kshanam is weighed down by a flawed script, and frankly by ‘misdirection’ on the part of director Ahmed Khan. Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times criticized the film saying that, "It's a badly planned screenplay that doesn't know what it wants to be. From chasing Rambo's trail to taking the baton from Dum Maaro Dum, it tries every trick in the book and manages to make them worse" and gave it a rating of 1 out of 5.
Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5 and said that "The trouble with a full-on masala film going in search of a plot is evident in the way the film unspools. The bare-bones are borrowed from Telugu thriller Kshanam, but the fillings are all strictly Bollywood". Rachit Gupta of The Times of India gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5 and said that, "Director Ahmed Khan's movie trades style for substance. The action sequences look slick, but they feel completely needless and a bit too excessive. It's disappointing that the story suffers in this attempt to impress with the action choreography and stunts."
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5, saying that "Baaghi 2 is more a two-and-a-half-hour stunt show than a genuine piece of cinema. Neither the heart nor the mind stands a chance of surviving this relentless onslaught of biceps, pecs, and clenched fists."
The movie was criticised for featuring a scene in which the protagonist Ronny (Tiger Shroff) ties a Kashmiri civilian to a jeep for burning the Indian flag and pelting stones; a direct reference to a controversial 2017 incident in which a group of Indian soldiers similarly used a human shield as a precautionary measure against violent crowds in Kashmir. In her review for the Hindustan Times, Priyanka Sundar called the scene "one of the most distasteful and offensive portrayals of the Jammu and Kashmir unrest". In Scroll, Nandini Ramnath criticised the "tone-deafness and staggering lack of sensitivity to the reality of the April human rights violation". Anupama Chopra of Film Companion gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and said, "Baaghi 2 is a faithful remake of the 2016 Telugu thriller Kshanam. But since the leading man is Tiger Shroff, the protagonist changes from an investment banker to an army commando." Raja Sen of NDTV gave the film 1 out of 5 stars and said, "This is an action film without enough action and a romantic drama where you don't feel for the characters."
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||20 March 2018|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Sandeep Shirodkar chronology|
|Pranaay Rijia chronology|
|Singles from Baaghi 2|
The music of the film was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Mithoon, Arko, Sandeep Shirodkar, Gourov-Roshin, and Pranaay Rijia. Lyrics were written by Kumaar, Ginny Diwan, Javed Akhtar, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, and Sayeed Quadri. The background score was composed by Julius Packiam. The songs featured in the film are sung by Atif Aslam, Jubin Nautiyal, Ankit Tiwari, Navraj Hans, Shreya Ghoshal, Palak Muchhal, Shruti Pathak, Parry G, Pranaay Rijia, Anand Bhaskar, Siddharth Basrur, Jatinder Singh and Big Dhillon.
The first song of the film, "Mundiyan", which is a recreated version of the Panjabi MC song "Mundian To Bach Ke", was sung by Navraj Hans and Palak Muchhal, and was released on 1 March 2018. The second single to be released was "O Saathi", sung by Atif Aslam, and released on 9 March 2018. The third song of the film, "Lo Safar", sung by Jubin Nautiyal, was released on 13 March 2018. The fourth song, "Ek Do Teen", an item song featuring Jacqueline Fernandez, from the 1988 film, Tezaab, was recreated for this film. It was sung by Shreya Ghoshal with a rap by Parry G, and was released on 19 March 2018. Although in the film, the track was voiced by Palak Muchhal as a scratch rehearsal version went by mistake to the film print.[clarification needed] The music album was released on 20 March 2018 by T-Series.
|1.||"Mundiyan"||Ginny Diwan||Sandeep Shirodkar||Navraj Hans, Palak Muchhal||3:30|
|2.||"Ek Do Teen"||Javed Akhtar||Laxmikant-Pyarelal||Original Song By: Alka Yagnik, Remake Version By: Shreya Ghoshal, Rap by: Parry G||4:04|
|3.||"O Saathi"||Arko||Arko||Atif Aslam||4:12|
|4.||"Lo Safar"||Sayeed Quadri||Mithoon||Jubin Nautiyal||4:42|
|5.||"Soniye Dil Nayi"||Kumaar||Gourov-Roshin||Ankit Tiwari, Shruti Pathak||5:20|
|6.||"Get Ready To Fight Again"||Ginny Diwan||Pranaay Rijia||Pranaay, Anand Bhaskar, Jatinder Singh, Siddharth Basrur, Big Dhillon||3:16|
On 19 February 2018, the third installment of the film was announced under the title of Baaghi 3, with Sajid Nadiawala as producer, Ahmed Khan as director, Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor starring in the lead roles. The team started shooting in September 2019. It is scheduled to release worldwide on 6 March 2020. Ritesh Deshmukh also joined the cast of the film.
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