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Bard To Worse: Bard Of Blood Sucks!

Bard  Of Blood

Starring Emraan Hashmi,  Shobhita Dhulipala, Vineet Kumar Singh

Directed  by Ribhu Sengupta

Rating: **(2 stars)

 Terrorism  is  a terrible  tragedy. Reducing  terrorism to a formula-for-thrills situation is a worst tragedy.  Lately we’ve seen many  laments on  global terrorism in the movies and on the  OTT platform. Some  like the recent The Family Man blended the personal and  global crises  in a palatable fusion.

 Bard  Of Blood is, how do I  put this  politely,  a mess. A self-important  posturing piece  on  holier-than-thou patriotism filled with anxious  jingoism  that reminded me  of  the  bogus selfrighteousness  of  the Sean Penn fiasco epic film  The Last Face where goodlooking actors ran  around  in  starched  fatigues  trying to save Africa.

Bard Of Blood is even more ambitious than Sean Penn’s film. It  wants to save the world when  it can’t save even  its own edified ambitions  from sinking into an sanctimonious abyss. The actors are partly to blame.While Hashmi  tries to remain calm and  grapples manfully with militancy and Shakespeare  , his  other two  comrades in  arms Vineet Kumar  and Shobhita run around with  guns far more sophisticated  than the  series.

The problem here id  one  of  narrative cramps. The writing suffers from a sense of selfimportance  that  the  direction fails to justify. Not one  incident  in the  plot is unpredictable. The script  scoops up  the Hashmi-Dhulipala-Vineet Kumat trio and sets up the  a  road to perdition that involves Pakistani terrorists  with peculiar  accents that need more  urgent  decoding than those cryptic messages  from across   the  border that are supposed make or break Indian intelligence.

Ms Dhulipala plays the  expert  in decoding messages. I wonder if she  would be able to  decipher why we needed one more  long-drawn series  wagging its  itching fingers at  global terrorists who are  not  going to watch the series anyway. Isn’t there  something  intrinsically perverted  in trying to  convert  the  converted?

To its credit Bard  Of Blood stages some   of its  action  sequences skilfully in rugged toasted-brown environment . Balochistan  looks ripe for revenge. Is that a good  a good thing or  a Bard?

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