Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment’s intriguing mystery thriller directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Badla released on 8th March, 2019. An official remake of the 2016 crime thriller The Invisible Guest made by Spanish screenwriter and director Oriol Paulo, Badla checks all the boxes when it comes to adapting an already brilliant film — great actors, a director who’s comfortable with the genre, and an immaculate script.
The premise of both the films is pretty basic. Taapsee Pannu is Naina, a married businesswoman who gets involved in an accident along with her lover, Arjun (Tony Luke). The accident has links with Arjun’s murder, which are gradually revealed over the conversations between Naina and her lawyer, Badal (Amitabh Bachchan). The narrative moves back and forth in time over the course of 120 minutes, with Naina presenting proof of her innocence and Badal teasing out other possibilities to test her defence.
Judging by the trailer, the main differences between the two films is that the makers seem to have reversed the genders of the two lead characters. Unlike The Invisible Guest, the accused in Badla is a woman (played by Taapsee Pannu) and the defence attorney is a man (essayed by Amitabh Bachchan). Other than that, the film seems to be closely following the path of its original.
The Spanish film, The Invisible Guest, works perfectly for Indian viewers who are unfamiliar with the actors and therefore have no expectations from them in terms of their innocence or guilt. The presence of unknowns in The Invisible Guest ensures that the focus is firmly on its twist-laden script.
After receiving a great response both critically and commercially, Badla’s first week collection was a whopping Rs 37.79 crores. The second weekend is no less. On its second Friday, Badla collected Rs 3.75 crore, on Saturday it made Rs 6.50 crore and on Sunday, it saw a rise as it collected a huge 8 crores. That takes the second-weekend collection to Rs 18 crores and the overall total to Rs 56.04 crores.
‘Appearances can be deceptive’ underlies the gripping narrative of the Spanish thriller “The Invisible Guest” and can be found on Netflix, if one wishes to watch the original before watching the Bollywood remake.
Badla seems to be a great film due to the many twists that it includes which are obvious even from the trailer. Moreover, the combination of music directors and the music created by them has complimented the film with a mixture of sounds.
Curated by Samantha Shaji.