Baby Movie Review: “Baby” is a must-watch film this season, offering a compelling and thought-provoking experience.
Baby Movie Review
The film “Baby” is presented as a cautionary tale, showcasing the story of a girl whose aspirations lead to chaos and affect the lives of the three main characters, including herself. It revolves around Vaishnavi, a girl from a basti (slum) who becomes enamored with the allure of city life and material possessions. Her naivety and desire for more drive her to make a series of mistakes, ultimately involving both Viraj, a rich and attractive college student, and Anand, her long-time lover who now drives an auto-rickshaw. Vaishnavi’s choices and ambition dictate the fate of the male leads, culminating in a morally questionable path that creates chaos around them.
The filmmaker deserves credit for maintaining a neutral tone throughout the movie, not portraying any character as entirely good or bad. The driving force behind the narrative is Vaishnavi herself, as her desires, ambition, and mistakes take center stage. Debutant actress Vaishnavi Chaitanya delivers a flawless performance, making her character’s choices believable and captivating. She is likely to receive awards and appreciation for her portrayal.
Anand Deverakonda surprises viewers with a remarkable performance as the suffering lover, particularly in the scenes before the interval when he discovers the betrayal and confronts Vaishnavi, as well as in the climax scene on the footbridge. Viraj Ashwin also leaves a lasting impression with his performance.
Naga Babu portrays the girl’s father, while Viva Harsha and others contribute to the narrative’s progression. However, the disappearance of Vaishnavi’s friend from college without significant impact on the story and the unexplained reason behind Anand’s irritation towards his mute mother remain unaddressed in the film. The character of the tough money lender also undergoes a transformation, displaying compassion towards the end.
Vijay Bulganin’s songs and background score perfectly complement and enhance the overall mood of the film. Bal Reddy’s camera work is also commendable.
Compared to the slapstick comedy films director Sai Rajesh has previously worked on, “Baby” is unexpectedly deep and emotionally engaging. It raises several questions and is likely to spark lengthy discussions regarding moral ambiguities, character development, and the ending. It is too early to discuss the commercial success of the film, but it is bound to be considered a cult classic, similar to movies like “7/G Brindavan Colony,” “Premiste,” “RX 100,” and “Arjun Reddy.”
“Baby” is a must-watch film this season, offering a compelling and thought-provoking experience.