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Bloody Daddy Review: Shahid Kapoor at his coolest!

Director Ali Abbas Zafar’s stylish cop drama starring Shahid Kapoor comes as a refreshing palette cleanser.



Shahid Kapoor in Bloody Daddy

Bloody Daddy

Director: Ali Abbas Zafar

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Ronit Bose Roy, Rajeev Khandelwal, Sanjay Kapoor, Diana Penty, Zeishan Qadri.

Streaming on: Jio Cinema

A few minutes into Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bloody Daddy, I wondered ‘What has happened to the craft of cutting trailers in Hindi films?’ Because I hadn’t found Bloody Daddy’s trailer that exciting. I attended the press screening of this film without any expectations. But only a few minutes into this pacy cop drama, I realized that I was in for a treat.

At the helm of this film is director Ali Abbas Zafar who previously married stardom and content successfully when he directed Salman Khan in three consecutive films – Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai, and Bharat. This is also Ali’s home production. He has got style but doesn’t get carried away with that. With the able support from writers Siddharth-Garima and Aditya Basu, he has crafted a crisp screenplay and some whistle-worthy one-liners. All of which might make you wonder why this film is not releasing in theatres. The reasons are obvious though, a few cuss words and a fair bit of English in dialogue. Plus, it’s not a Desi cop drama or action flick. The film is based on the 2011 French film Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night).

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I haven’t watched the original but this is what is at stake in this remake. Shahid Kapoor plays Sumair, a cop working in the narcotics department. He plans to rob a pair of drug peddlers and manages to steal a bag of cocaine. But soon realizes that it belongs to the owner of a seven-star hotel called Sikandar Choudhary (Ronit Bose Roy). It is also a father-son story. Sikandar kidnaps Sumair’s son Atharva. Now the stakes are higher and things are personal. I will refrain from revealing anything more about the plot.

The film is set in Delhi. But I guess the hotel portions were shot abroad (UAE) because of covid restrictions in India. The visuals are mostly blues and greys. Despite its title, there are not many reds except a sequence in the climax and it involves lights, not blood. The action is slick. There’s no blood gore. There’s style but not for the sake of it. The makers succeed in creating a world within a world during corona times.

Shahid Kapoor is at his coolest as the cop Sumair. He is not your chest-thumping, dialogue-maaroing Desi cop and that’s a good thing. He looks real and believable. Sumair’s personal conflict is already seen in other movies – a divorced cop with a son, ex-wife dating someone else, both son and wife believe that he’s a good father or a husband, but it works for this story. The father-son relationship and/or conflict doesn’t get a more in-depth treatment though. That would have added to more fulfillment while viewing. That’s what I expect these days from a film – whatever the genre or sensibilities, just give me a fulfilling movie-watching experience.

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The strongest suit of Bloody Daddy is its ensemble cast and its performances. Almost everyone enjoys their time on screen. It was good to see Ronit Bose Roy in a slightly comical drug lord for a change. Sanjay Kapoor sounds like his brother Anil Kapoor in another drug lord Hameed but is fun to watch. Rajeev Khandelwal is a delight as Sumair’s colleague from the narcotics department. Diana Penty does just fine as another cop and the only lady in this mayhem.

There’s a running gag with rapper Badshah in the film. There’s also a running gag about lactose-free milk which Sumair’s son likes to drink. But it also works as a tool/prop in a key scene in the film. You’re not looking for a lot of logic in such flicks and nothing seems glaringly illogical in Bloody Daddy. And that’s what movies like these are meant for, no? Pulpy, popcorn entertainment for a couple of hours. Go watch it!