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Times of India
In the dusty village of Shrirangpur, whenever danger strikes, a lone saviour arises from the dark to rescue the villagers.
We have grown up hearing stories of heroes and their bravery. Stories of how good eventually triumphs over evil and how the bad guys get beaten up by the good ones. 'Baji' is an ode to all this and more. It mixes a Zorro-like vigilante with a Batman like superhero and infuses the story of a hidden treasure in it. Apart from the treasure, there is also a romantic angle to the story.
Well, our superhero Baji is a masked man who protects the villagers in times of danger and urges them to stay away from hunting for the treasure. But he has disappeared from the scene for quite a long time now and no one knows where he is; many don't even believe in his existence, including Chidvilas (Shreyas). Chidu is the boy-next-door who runs to help anyone in need. He falls in love with Gauri (Amruta Khanvilkar) but she wants someone like Baji who is courageous and brave. Sadly, Chidu is the stark opposite.
Away from all this, evil is shaping up in the form of Martand (Jitendra Joshi), a recluse who for his greed of the treasure turns all the villagers into slaves. Now the big question - where is Baji when his people are suffering? Does Baji come to their rescue this time as well?
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In a very predictable storyline what stands out the most are performances of the lead actors. Shreyas swings easily between playing the tough guy and the affable lover with ease in his Marathi comeback. His transition is noteworthy and he adds authenticity to the characters by keeping intricate details like voice modulation and body language in mind. Amruta is seen after a long gap onscreen and displays a certain level of maturity while essaying her role. The best among the lot is undoubtedly Jitendra whose paranoid and menacing Martand is perhaps his best performance till date.
Nikhil Mahajan created ripples with his debut film 'Pune 52' and he does push the boundary with 'Baji' by exploring a different genre. But 'Baji' suffers due to its predictability and length. Having said that, the film is surely a one-time watch for something that few filmmakers would dare to delve into and for the beautiful acting.
WATCH: Trailer of Baji
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