Naam Shabana Movie Review – Rajeev Masand, Taran Adarsh, TOI


Naam Shabana Movie Review, Naam Shabana Movie Review by Rajeev Masand, Taran Adarsh, TOI – Naam Shabana the action thriller movie directed by Shivam Nair and produced by Neeraj Pandey, Shital Bhatia under the Friday Filmworks banner. This is a prequel to the hit film BABY.

Naam Shabana starring Taapsee Pannu as Shabana Khan in the lead roles as a secret agent while other star cast includes Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher and Prithviraj Sukumaran plays key roles in this movie.

Now let’s have a look at the Naam Shabana movie review by top Hindi film critics like Rajeev Masand, Taran Adarsh, Komal Nahata, Raja Sen, Anupama Chopra, Kamal R Khan, IMDB Rating, Times of India, Hindustan Times, and much more at here.

CAST: Taapsee Pannu, Manoj Bajpayee, Virendra Saxena, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Tahir Shabbir
DIRECTION: Shivam Nair
GENRE: Thriller

Naam Shabana Movie Review


Rating: 3/5. Review by Taran Adarsh on Bollywood Hunagam

it’s the immaculate and spotless performance of Taapsee Pannu who steals the show. Taapsee Pannu, who impressed one and all with her performance in PINK, does a brilliant job once again in NAAM SHABANA. On the whole, NAAM SHABANA is a well-made thriller with two contrasting storylines in the film’s two halves playing the spoilsport. However, given the strong brand value of BABY, decent interest quotient and lack of opposition at the Box-Office, will work out to be a huge advantage for the film. At the Box-Office, it will do decent to good business.


2.) Rating: 3/5. Review by Meena Iyer on Times of India

The first half indulges the protagonist and her love interest, Jai too much. It is only post-intermission, especially 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 film, is more an escapist fare than a realistic one.  Taapsee delivers some knockout punches and is sincere enough. Manoj is brilliant, though he has just dialogue-baazi and no action to support him. As for Akshay, he is happy to lend his superstar-presence and bask in the girl power. So go ahead and salute his spirit.


3.) Rating: 1.5/5. Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Taapsee Pannu kicks some serious butt, Akshay Kumar comes in for a praiseworthy cameo to show how the big boys do it. But the film falls flat as a credible storyline goes missing.


4.) Rating: 2.5/5. Review by Madhuri on Filmi Beat

Naam Shabana is a major letdown especially when you walk into the theater halls carrying good ol’ Baby nostalgia and expecting a similar adrenaline rush. In a nutshell, we would prefer to settle for a rewatch of the 2015 espionage-thriller instead! 


5) Rating: 2.5/5. Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life

Watch Naam Shabana purely for Taapsee Pannu’s fine performance and Akshay Kumar’s enjoyable cameo, and also if you loved Baby too much. Just don’t go into theater expecting another quality stuff like Baby, even if the movie forces us to draw comparisons.


6.) Rating: 3/5. Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

 Director Neeraj Pandey, who has picked up the pen (credited for story, dialogue, and screenplay) and passed on the megaphone (to director Shivam Nair) for this one, drafts a commercially viable project. Having carved a reputation for helming films that lean on formulaic thrillers that shatter the limits of human potential when presented with trying situations, Pandey sticks to the tropes to keep audiences involved if not consistently interested in the proceedings. But Nair’s interpretation dilutes Pandey’s vision to some extent as the film could’ve done better if it were a bit tender.
7) Rating: 4/5. Review by Vaihayasi Pande Daniel on Rediff
Naam Shabana is a sleek film, that unfolds at a wonderfully breakneck speed. It’s crisp with no shoo-sha like my colleague Rajesh predicted. Anyway takeaways from this film? That’s a hard one. Were there meant to be any? You can delve and come up with not much. I mean it is simply an action film, so bro, what message can you go looking for!? Yet it is an aspirational film. Because of the Naam Shabana India, though pretty close to what we have today, has still elements of the India we want to be.
8.) Rating: 2.5/5. Review by Surabhi Redkar on Koimoi
Naam Shabana packs a punch with its action! Taapsee does a fabulous job at handling emotion as well as action. Naam Shabana fails to become the action entertainer that you can’t miss. It’s more of a ‘ohh okay’ watch than ‘you gotta watch it!’.
9.) Rating: 2/5. Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTV Movies
This isn’t a one-woman show. Shabana’s cocky senior Ajay Singh Rajput often takes the spotlight away from her. The character is after all played by a much bigger star. Granted that Naam Shabana takes a risk by building an action-packed tale around a woman. But the film is forced to hedge its bets by letting the Akshay Kumar cameo get bigger than cameos are usually meant to be. What’s in a name, anyways? It might be Naam Shabana, but the rules of the box-office game are eventually immutable.

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