Director: Shivam Nair
Producer: Neeraj Pandey, Shital Bhatia
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa
Run Time: 2 hours and 18 Minutes
Directed by Shivam Nair, Written by Neeraj Pandey, Produced by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia under the Friday Filmworks banner, Naam Shabana is a prequel to the 2015 hit Baby starring Akshay Kumar. The Other cast of Naam Shabana includes Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher and Prithviraj Sukumaran plays important supporting roles in the film.
NAAM SHABANA STORY: Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu) is the special agent seeks revenge for the murder of the man she loved and given the task of assassinating a deadly arms dealer(Prithviraj) by the Indian Intelligence Agencies.
Taapsee delivers some knockout punches and is impressive with her performance. Prithviraj Sukumaran, as the handsome villain does his best. With his essence of evil look. Manoj is brilliant, though he has just dialogue-baazi and no action to support him.
Reviews By The Expertise
Review By Meena Iyer From Times Of India:
Blame this prequel on the media. Most critics who saw Neeraj Pandey’s action-drama, Baby (2015) praised agent, Shabana’s cameo in it. Her brisk action-sequence in a Kathmandu hotel room, when accompanying Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar) on a mission, provided the required adrenaline-rush. Taking the praise to their heart, this time around, the makers dedicated 148 mins, (really?) to the spunky agent. 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.
Review By Shubhra Gupta From Indian Express:
What does come as a surprise, however, is just how much of a drag the film is. Except for a few stray sequences in which the limber Taapsee Pannu goes after the bad guys, and the ones in which co-star Akshay Kumar moves in to demonstrate how the big boys do it, there is nothing either novel or interesting about the film.
Review By Sreeju From Bollywood Life:
Watch Naam Shabana purely for Taapsee Pannu’s fine performance and Akshay Kumar’s enjoyable cameo, and also if you loved Baby too much. Just don’t go into theatre expecting another quality stuff like Baby, even if the movie forces us to draw comparisons.
Review By Kunal Guha From Mumbai Mirror:
Pandey sticks to the tropes to keep audiences involved if not consistently interested in the proceedings. But Nair’s interpretation dilutes Pandey’s vision to some extent as the film could’ve done better if it were a bit more tense and tighter.So, 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.
Review By Mayank Shekhar Mid day:
Pandey has written this prequel, split into two totally separate films. And to be fair when the movie does cut to the chase eventually, to chase down the villain, some of the thrills do kick in. Sadly you’ve polished off your popcorn tub already, taking in the corniness until that point.
Review By Khalid Mohammed SpotBoye:
Devoid of a smidgen of slickness, a must for thrillers, the outcome is like being held captive in a torture chamber, aggravated by the pounding background music, tacky set décor, the usual aerial shots, papyrus-thin plot and humdrum direction.For the rest of the way, Bollywood’s retort to the genre of Bondish and Bourne Ultimatumish movies, is a pain. Pure brain drain.
Review By Bollywood Hungama News Network From Bollywoodhungama:
On the whole, NAAM SHABANA is a well-made thriller with two contrasting storylines in the film’s two halves playing the spoilsport. However, given the strong brand value of BABY, decent interest quotient and lack of opposition at the Box-Office, will work out to be a huge advantage for the film. At the Box-Office, it will do decent to good business.
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