Naam Shabana is the latest film by Neeraj Pandey – who is famous for delivering phenomenal films like – Special 26, Baby, Wednesday and M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story. Here’s looking at how this one fares.
Movie: Naam Shabana
Director: Shivam Nair
Producer: Neeraj Pandey & Shital Bhatia
Written by: Neeraj Pandey
Screenplay: Neeraj Pandey
Starring: Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher & Danny Denzongpa
Music: Rochak Kohli & Meet Bros
Cinematography: Sudheer Palsane
Edited by: Deepak Seju
Production Company: Plan C Studios & Cape Of Good Films
Every Neeraj Pandey movie leaves behind a flavour only he can serve best. Most of his films – be it Special 26, Baby or the recent ‘Rustom’ – are such a perfect blend of thrill, strong storyline, nail-biting sequences along with a splash of entertainment, one feels Neeraj’s recipes are the ultimate weekend food for movie goers. But ‘Naam Shabana‘ is not the gourmet delight we had expected, given Neeraj’s name and work.
Yes, Naam Shabana is a role every Bollywood actress would desire. There’s Hollywood-style action, a strong profiling, lots of scope to showcase acting prowess – and Taapsee Pannu has lived up to her role. Hence, Taapsee has delivered her best. But, that taken care of, it’s the story that lacks behind. There are exotic locations, well-executed scenes, there’s that feel of that ‘Spy film’. But this film does not take the viewer anywhere. Like, Rustom kept us glued to our seats and eyes wide open, especially in the courtroom sequence. Special 26 sweeped the floor beneath us with that unexpected ending, much like the climax of Wednesday, Naam Shabana, unfortunately, hardly has much matter to bring the audience back to its seats quickly post the interval break.
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