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Shroff Sports New Look for “Baaghi 2”; Sequel Details

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Bollywood action fans…Tiger Shroff is returning and he’s got a new look.

The actor and martial artist has cut down his hair and looks unrecognizable as he returns as his character of Ronny in the soon-to-be released sequel Baaghi 2.

The original 2016 Bollywood martial arts action film caused controversy when the finale was lifted from the Indonesian film The Raid, prompting a lawsuit from the rights owner to remake that very film. The lawsuit was ultimately thrown out. Despite the controversy, the film was successful, which prompted this sequel.

To prepare for his return, Shroff underwent physical training and flew to Hong Kong to train with legendary action director Tony Ching Siu-Tung in other forms of martial arts. The female lead this time around is Disha Patani, who plays a new character, replacing Shraddha Kapoor.

It has also been revealed that the sequel will actually serve as a remake of a Telugu film entitled Kshanam, which was released in 2016 and revolved around an investment banker who reunites with his college sweetheart and helps her track down her child when she goes missing.

Ahmed Khan directs Baaghi 2, which is due for release on March 30, 2018.

H/T: NDTV, First Post, New Indian Express

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“Baaghi 2” Coming in 2018

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In 2016, the Bollywood action thriller Baaghi stirred up some controversy after the finale was believed to have lifted off The Raid, the Indonesian action thriller from Gareth Evans. Nevertheless, the lawsuit between the rights maker of The Raid and the producers of this film was tossed.

Baaghi was a hit at the Indian box office and it now looks like a sequel is in the works. As a matter of fact, the sequel Baaghi 2: Rebel for Love has a locked down date of April 27, 2018 from Fox Star Studios. Lead actor Tiger Shroff will return to his hero role of Ronny, an expert in taekwondo and kalaripayattu.

Shroff posted the poster art (above) on his Twitter account. Shroff will also be seen in 2018 in the Bollywood remake of Rambo in the character immortalized by Sylvester Stallone.

Look out for Baaghi 2: Rebel for Love in India on April 27, 2018.

H/T: Tiger Shroff Twitter

Tiger Shroff is Bollywood’s “Rambo”

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Sorry folks. This is not an April Fool’s joke. This is a film that is actually happening. Bollywood actor and martial artist Tiger Shroff, who appeared in the somewhat controversial Baaghi and the superhero film A Flying Jatt, will play Rambo…yes, THAT Rambo!

The film is the first of a deal in which India-based Original Entertainment were given rights to do five Bollywood remakes of some of Millennium Films’ action films such as this as well as The Expenadables16 Blocks, 88 Minutes, and Brooklyn’s Finest. The poster art and news were announced at the Cannes Film Festival.

Taking the basis of First Blood but switching the action to Kashmir and the Himalayan mountains, Shroff will play Rambo, the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of the Himalayas, he unleashes mayhem and destruction, becoming the unstoppable machine he was trained to be.

Stallone played the iconic role from 1982 to 2008 in four films. Stallone took to Instagram to give his thoughts on the remake:

Tiger tweeted the following to reply to Stallone:

While many fans in the West may seem less than thrilled to see a remake of the iconic Rambo, it is coming nevertheless with Siddharth Anand directing. The film is locked for a release in 2018.

H/T: Dark Horizons, Sylvester Stallone Instagram, Tiger Shroff Twitter

Bollywood Sequel News

A slew of sequel news in the world of Bollywood cinema have been announced and revealed. Let’s get right into it…

krrishDirector Rakesh Roshan and his actor son Hrithik have announced that there will be a fourth installment of Krrish, which originally started with Koi…Mil Gaya. Rakesh is currently working on a script in hopes to bring the new film in Christmas 2018.

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Just two days after its initial release, Yash Raj Films has announced that there will be a sequel to Sultan, which will bring back Salman Khan as the Indian wrestler turned MMA fighter. Director Ali Abbas Zafar is already at work on the script with Khan giving his full approval to return to the titular role.

tiger-shroff-kick-poseTiger Shroff, coming off both a major hit in Baaghi and the modest A Flying Jatt, was cast in the sequel Student of the Year 2 and it is being revealed he actually may be suiting up again for a sequel to A Flying Jatt. He learned of the possibility after he asked if he can keep the suit he sported in the film only to learn that it would be used in a sequel.

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“King Khan” Shah Rukh Khan may be gearing up to be one of the busiest actors in Bollywood sequels. Aside from his rumored villain role in Dhoom Reloaded, which will see Ranveer Singh replace Abhishek Bachchan as ACP Jai Dixit, Khan may be doing sequels to his sci-fi action film Ra.One and his iconic titular role a third go around in…Don 3.

More as these news develop.

H/T: Times of India

TRAILERS: A Flying Jatt and Akira

A couple of upcoming Bollywood actioners are coming within the next two weeks and WFG are treating you to the trailers of these films.

First, we will look at A Flying Jatt, starring actor and martial artist Tiger Shroff, who after playing romantic action leads in Heropanti and Baaghi, goes the superhero comedy route as a young man with superpowers who despite being able to fly, is scared of heights and finds himself in various situations.

It is a chance encounter with a menacing supervillain named Raka, played the Australian powerhouse Nathan Jones, that our hero must now learn to master his skills of flying as well as fighting skills to defeat the superbeast.

Jacqueline Fernandez co-stars in this Remo D’Souza directed film from Balaji Motion Pictures. The film comes out in India next Thursday, August 25.

Before you yell “adaptation”, this is clearly not a Bollywood adaptation of the famed Japanese manga and anime. Akira is the name of the young woman in the film who will find herself using her fighting skills against both hostel bullies and corrupt cops.

Sonakshi Sinha takes the titular role of Akira in this upcoming action thriller from director A.R. Murugadoss. The film co-stars Konhana Sen Sharma and Anurag KashyapFox Star Studios will be releasing the film in India on September 2.

REVIEW: Baaghi (2016)

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2016, UTV Motion Pictures/Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment

Director:
Sabir Khan
Producer:
Sajid Nadiadwala
Writer:
Sanjeev Datta
Cinematography:
Binod Pradhan
Editing:
Manan Sagar

Cast:
Tiger Shroff (Ronny)
Shraddha Kapoor (Siya)
Sudheer Babu (Raghav)
Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj (Guruswamy)
Sourav Chakraborty (Biju)
Sunil Grover (PP Khurrana)
Sanjay Mishra (Harry)
Aryan Prajapati (Subbu)
Patrick Kazu Tang (Yong Lee)
Ron Smoorenburg (Lon)

Martial artist Tiger Shroff, coming off his debut in Heropanti, stars in this follow-up in which the finale truly lifts off a particular Indonesian action film and has scenes influenced from other films.

Siya, a young actress, has been kidnapped by Raghav, a martial artist who holds illegal fight clubs because he wants to force Siya to marry him. The director, very upset with the loss of his latest star, asks her father to find someone who can rescue him. Siya’s father, aspiring actor and producer PP Khurrana, knows someone who has the ability to rescue her. That man is Ronny, a martial artist himself who has despite saying he hated her, has never stopped loving her.

The events that has lead up to this moment include Ronny’s first meeting with Siya on a train, where he sees her obsession with the rain. Ronny heads to a martial arts academy to learn the Indian art of Kalaripattayu under the school’s master Guruswamy. Guruswamy was once a friend of Ronny’s father, who before his death, saw Ronny becoming a rebel who starts fights with no reason. In a letter, Guruswamy has been asked to teach Ronny about self-discipline. At first, Ronny doesn’t take the training seriously but finally sees himself mastering the art. Meanwhile, his constant run-ins with Siya eventually blossom into love for each other. However, Guruswamy’s son Raghav also has feelings for Siya and intends to marry her. Using his influence, Raghav convinces Siya’s father to have him marry her but Siya is truly is love with Ronny. When Siya’s father realizes his mistake when it’s too late, Ronny heads to Thailand to face Raghav in the ultimate showdown. However, before he can get to Raghav, he has his gang to face in a multi-floored apartment building.

The film’s title Baaghi, translates to “rebel” and film meshes martial arts action film with romance quite well. The film’s leads, Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Khan, truly are the driving force of the film as the former childhood classmates have pretty good chemistry together. Shroff, the son of Bollywood icon Jackie Shroff, plays Ronny first as an arrogant fighter who undergoes a change as he not only falls in love, but undergoes self-discipline as a martial arts master with real-life Kalaripattayu master Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj breaking out as the mentor and father figure to Ronny. Telegu actor Sudheer Babu makes his Bollywood debut in a wonderful role as the film’s antagonist, the very deadly and cruel Raghav, who goes to great lengths to get what he wants.

The film’s script, written by Sanjeev Datta, brings in action and training sequences that are influenced by other well-known action films. For instance, some of Ronny’s comic relief in training comes from the likes of Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow. Parts of a chase scene and Ronny’s fight against Ron Smoorenburg are obviously inspired by Ong-Bak and with good reason as Thai action director Kecha Khamphadee was a protégé of the legendary Panna Rittikrai, who choreographed Ong-Bak. Then, comes the controversial finale of the film.

That’s right. The film caused some major controversy when the trailer revealed that part of the film was lifted by The Raid: Redemption, the Indonesian action thriller that pits a SWAT team against a criminal hiding in an abandoned building with the criminal offering rewards to anyone who can kill the SWAT team. As a Bollywood producer earned the remake rights to that film, the trailer prompted a lawsuit from both the remake’s producer and the original film’s producers citing copyright infringement. However, Baaghi’s production companies won the lawsuit when it was revealed that while the film copies an idea from that film, it’s not enough to warrant that the film directly lifts the original film. Yet there are some similarities in the choreography in section between The Raid and this film. The final showdown could have come off a little better and feels a bit rushed. Perhaps it is because by then the film is already just over 120 of its 133-minute running time.

Baaghi starts out pretty well thanks to the chemistry of its two leads and while it does have influence and similarities in its action sequences, the final showdown is a bit of a letdown due to its rushed effect. Yet ultimately, it is not too bad of a film.

WFG RATING: B-

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TRAILER: Baaghi

Bollywood action films are unleashing new heroes to follow in the footsteps of the likes of DharmendraAkshay Kumar, and recently, Vidyut Jamwal. After his debut in last year’s Heropanti, second generation actor Tiger Shroff unleashes martial fury in the trailer for his latest film, Baaghi.

Tiger, the son of famed Bollywood legend Jackie Shroff, plays Ronny, a young martial artist who must learn a new style of fighting and take on a building full of baddies to rescue the woman he loves. Shraddha Kapoor co-stars in this latest film from Sabbir Khan. It also helps that Shroff is a 5th-degree black belt in taekwondo, which helps with the action sequences here.

Baaghi unleashes in theaters on April 29th from UTV Motion Pictures.