Movie Review: Naam Shabana

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Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Danny Denzongpa 
Naam Shabana, a prequel to Neeraj Pandey’s Baby, now places spotlight on the character of Shabana. The movie promotions, trailers and narratives had said it all. As evident, it’s a story on how Shabana (Taapsee) turned out to be a spy. It’s a revenge saga and Akshay Kumar with his guest appearance is her saviour. 
It’s fun to see woman throwing out some sincere kicks, and Taapsee manages to convince us in many of the fight scenes. However, she ends up delivering a bland performance as well. She fascinates the crowd with her punches but is dull and constricted otherwise. We see every detail of Shabana’s house, her relationship, her family and friends, her past and her plans to take revenge in the predictable, flabby first half of the movie. The film has definitely achieved a label of ‘women-centric’ (it’s in trend), but rather than creating a character of worth what you get is a well-choreographed action sequence by a woman with absence of an engaging protagonist.  
Manoj Bajpayee is wasted in the role. He is only seen juggling with his colleagues over the Bluetooth or the phone. And, Akshay Kumar is happy to show his superstar effect for a bit. Anupam Kher with his hideous wig is present too. The innumerable slow motion sequences, long shots of beautiful countries, engaging fights and chases, overwhelming background score—nothing at all could save the movie from being dull. The story may not fulfil your expectations as Baby, where you are sitting on the edge for the climax. We totally believe that the film belongs to Shabana, thanks to the director Shivam Nair for the screen time (148 minutes). 
Making a prequel might be easy but creating an impact ain't so convenient and we got a proof after watching Naam Shabana.
2.5 Shors out of 5!
Reviewed by: Ami Gandhi
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