Naam Shabana (English: Name is Shabana) is an upcoming 2017 Indian action spy thriller film directed by Shivam Nair and produced by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia under the Friday Filmworks banner. It is a prequel/spin-off from the 2015 film Baby with Taapsee Pannu reprising her role as Shabana. The movie is scheduled to release on 31 March 2017. The film will also be released in Tamil and Telugu.
Synopsis: Prequel to the story of Baby (2015), will revolve around the reason why the protagonist becomes an undercover agent.
Film Naam Shabana is worthy to watch once for able act of Taapsee Pannu and Akshay Kumar. !!
March 31 st, 2017
With Naam Shabana, director Neeraj Pandey passes the baton to Shivam Nair for the spinoff of his previous film Baby. While Neeraj has written the story, he hasn’t directed the movie.
Previously, Neeraj Pandey and Akshay Kumar had joined hands together for a crack spy thriller named Baby, which had made us assured that Hindi Film Industry has finally arrived when it comes to spy fiction on the silver screen.
The movie was such a big hit that it encouraged the makers to make a separate movie on one of the characters from Baby named Shabana (Taapsee Pannu) and thus was Naam Shabana conceived. But, does it match up to the cleverness of Baby?
The events in this movie occur three years before Baby and revolves around Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu), a girl with a dark past, who is employed by Ranveer (Manoj Bajpayee), a senior officer of a secret agency, who also helps her seek vengeance for the murder of her boyfriend. Shabana is trained to be a killing machine and is soon deployed to abolish Mikhail, a ruthless arms dealer, who was responsible for killing two Indian agents in Austria. How Shabana manages to complete her mission with the help of her senior officer Ajay Singh Rathod (Akshay Kumar), forms the rest of the plot.
After Pink performance, Taapsee is quite good in her action scenes as well as her intense and dramatic scenes in the film and it is obvious that the girl has put in her blood, tears and sweat in this role. Bajpayee is fairly good as the intelligence officer, who recruits Shabana, though his heavy North Indian accent makes him sound funny when he mouths some dialogues in English. South star Prithviraj though is completely futile in a badly written role while Akshay Kumar in his cameo, is naturally worthy to watch. The support cast, Danny Denzongpa and Anupam Kher are good in their roles.
A movie featuring an ass-kicking female protagonist is bound to be liked by everybody and Naam Shabana does have its moments, though that doesn’t mean the many mistakes in the movie are to be overlooked. The first half indulges the protagonist and her love interest, Jai too much. It is only post-intermission, particularly the last 35 minutes in which proceedings pick up. Sticking to a typical-action drama narrative that jumps from Mumbai to Goa, Vienna to Kuala Lumpur, with the arms dealer and the ISI agents playing a cat-and-mouse game, the movie, is more a fantasy fare than a realistic one.
Director Neeraj Pandey, who has chosen the pen (credited for story, dialogues and screenplay) and passed on the megaphone (to director Shivam Nair) for this one, drafts a commercially feasible project. But Nair's version dilutes Pandey's thriller elements to some extent as the movie could've done better if it were a bit more tense and tighter. The movie suffers from is its messy production values and its ordinary special effects.
Neeraj’s screenplay isn’t as taut as his earlier outings either. It lacks the depth of A Wednesday, Baby and Special 26. Unlike his earlier stints, even the most important operations, thrilling escapades and edge-of-the-seat suspense sequences are foreseeable.
Overall, it is worthy to watch once for able act of Taapsee Pannu and Akshay Kumar.