Taapsee Pannu is the central character of the film. She lives in Mumbai city along with her mother Natasha Rastogi. Tahir Shabbir is attracted towards Taapsee but he hides his feelings. In her young age Taapsee had her share of tragic blows. But this is not period. Taapsee, instead of making this destroy her life, makes a transformation that acts as the backbone of the story. She is someone different and you have to watch the movie to experience that….
Taapsee Pannu, who essays the role of Shabana Khan in the film, has a grace which will leave you spellbound. Pannu is popular down south, and made her presence felt in Bollywood through Pink. As the energetic and tough modern Indian girl, she nails it with her performance. She also looks good in the movie and yes, she is a blend of beauty as well as good acting talent. Her character requires her to be stiff all the time and in this regard one can forgive her for not smiling in the film. Akshay Kumar, who essays a cameo role in the flick, gives a splendid performance. In fact, he adds value to the movie. Manoj Bajpayee, as usual, leaves an impression. Anupam Kher, who has a short role, could have been more given more fodder to his character. Prithviraj Sukumaran, who is a famous Malayalam actor, has done an incredible job as the chief villain and one wishes to see more of him in Bollywood. Natasha Rastogi, as the caring mother, leaves an impression.
Some characters from the Neeraj Pandey directorial venture Baby join again together for Naam Shabana. Taapsee Pannu was seen in a brief yet memorable role in Baby. She also shined in that brief yet well-etched appearance of her. In this film that is being bankrolled by Pandey himself (Pandey also had directed the critically acclaimed The Wednesday) and also written by him, Taapsee has got a meatier role. The director Shivam Nair (who has earlier directed the 2015 flick Bhaag Johnny) has shown Taapsee Pannu as a woman who has great martial arts prowess.
What’s not there?
Naam Shabana is another women-centric film and that should be appreciated. However, there are also tried-and-tested moments in the flick that would leave the audience think twice about the plot.
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