Friday, June 9, 2023

Web audiences love Bloody Daddy, critics write off the film

Bloody Daddy that is streaming free to viewers on Jio Cinema from 9th June has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Bloody Daddy, a remake of the 2011 French language film “Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night)”, which in turn was adapted in Tamil as ‘Thoonga Vanam’ starring Kamal Hasan, had all the ingredients of a pacey thriller. A violent, over-the-top action thriller that will appeal to fans of the genre, ‘Bloody Daddy’ is a mixed bag that but may also leave others feeling underwhelmed. Overall, Bloody Daddy has some good elements, such as the action sequences and Shahid Kapoor's performance, but it’s not fully flawless though it’s an official remake, such as the predictable plot and over-the-top violence. Whether or not you enjoy the film will depend on your personal preferences.

The films is about Sumair Azad (Shahid Kapoor), an NCB officer, who along with his deputy Jagadish Prasad (Zeeshan Quadri) alias Jaggi in Gurugram bust down a drug deal, leading the drug lord Sikandar (Ronit Roy) to kidnap the Sumair's son Atharva in exchange for retrieving a bag of cocaine. With no other option left, Sumair agrees to retrieve the bag from the NCB headquarters, and bring it to his club for the exchange. Sumair's act of hiding the bag in the men's toilet is noticed by his assistant Aditi Rawat (Diana Penty), who becomes suspicious. Thinking that Sumair is involved in drug smuggling, Aditi informs her superior Sameer Singh (Rajeev Khandelwal) and begin to pursue Sumair, taking away the bag of cocaine from the toilet in the process.

When Sumair realises that the bag of cocaine has gone missing, he decides to return a bag containing packets of flour to Sikandar, thinking that he and his cronies, including Hameed Shaikh (Sanjay Kapoor), will not realise the difference. Unfortunately, Sikandar and Hameed soon find out that Sumair had cheated them and decide to kill him. Caught between Sikandar's gang along with Aditi and Sameer, Sumair confronts Aditi and tells her that contrary to her suspicions, he has been working undercover and had planned the entire operation to expose Sameer and Jaggi's involvement in drug smuggling for Sikandar. 

Sumair then rescues Atharva without Sikandar's knowledge and Sikandar is arrested by Aditi and Sameer. While taking Sikandar to prison, Aditi finds out that Sumair placed Jaggi's mobile phone in her jacket, and on reading the messages in it, she finds out that Sumair had been speaking the truth all along, realising that Sameer and Jagi are involved in drug smuggling and had tried to frame Sumair. Though Sameer tries to resist arrest, killing Sikandar in the process, he is eventually brought to justice. While talking with Aditi about exposing more drug dealers, Atharva finds drug packets in Sumair's car, thus revealing that Sumair is also involved in drug smuggling. Atharva keeps quiet about this, where he and Sumair leave for a short trip. 

While some critics have praised the film's action sequences and Shahid Kapoor's performance, others have criticized the film's predictable plot and over-the-top violence. ‘Bloody Daddy’ with its run-time of over two hours, isn’t as unpredictable as it thinks it is. While ‘Nuit Blanche’ is a gripping action thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, Bloddy Daddy though a well-crafted movie that showcases the talents of the director, cast, and crew slumps into a been-there-seen-this category. Just a one-time watch,” wrote off critics. However, this fast-paced action flick unfurling with unrelenting vigour, ensnared the hearts and minds of its captivated audience. 

Tabish Irshad who posted his review says, “With an unwavering commitment to entertainment, "Bloody Daddy" transcends the boundaries of mundane existence, propelling us into a world teeming with gripping suspense and thrilling encounters. Shahid Kapoor's enigmatic portrayal commands attention, his every move a carefully choreographed symphony of intensity. Rajiv Khandelwal, a master of his craft, assumes his role with unparalleled finesse, leaving us spellbound by his sheer talent. 

Even Sunny Fernandes is all gung-ho about the film. Giving the film a 3 star, he wrote, “Shahid Kapoor definitely is an amazing actor, kills it all through with his badass action, his ferocious avatar, emotion and comic time. He is stylish and savage and a delight to watch. The story & plot is very much predictable but it doesn’t bore you, you feel engaged with the screenplay and it just flows, action is dapper and BGM adds beauty to the stylish action sequences. It was great to see Ronit Roy back as the bad man, he is amazing with his performance. Overall, it’s definitely a one-time watch & Shahid Kapoor definitely needs to explore the action side of him as he is bloody good and he has proved it yet again in Bloody Daddy.” 

Another reviewer Hetvi Shah says, “It is totally binge worthy. Just like Farzi... what twist n turns. Mazaa aa gaya. While action seems choppy but overall, it's good. Shahid Kapoor and Ronit did a fantastic job.” 

As Tabish concluded, "Bloody Daddy" lures us into a visceral journey, where action and intrigue intertwine, tugging at the strings of our imagination. It captures the essence of a good entertainer, leaving an indelible mark on our souls. This film delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche, unearthing raw emotions and unspoken desires. It dares us to confront the depths of our own complexities, while simultaneously providing an escape from the banality of reality.”

Still have second thoughts? Watch the trailer and decide...

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