‘Lakadbaggha’ movie review: Anshuman Jha’s film has a wild idea let down by tame execution

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Set in Kolkata, Lakadbaggha (hyena) follows Arjun (Anshuman Jha), a loner who teaches martial arts to children during the day and turns into a saviour of the street dogs used in the drug and meat trade during the night. As his exploits find traction on social media, the administration sends crime branch officer Akshara (Riddhi Dogra) to find the hooded vigilante whose identity remains mysterious. Akshara and her brother (Paresh Pahuja) dislike animals because of a past incident, but as the case progresses, Akshara and Arjun come close. Things take an interesting turn when Arjun figures out a clandestine animal trade ring dealing in hyenas, the operations of which are headed by Akshara’s brother.

While the intentions are right and some of the fight sequences are impactful, the storytelling gets simplistic and the technique has an amateurish streak that demands too much suspension of disbelief from the audience. Anybody could make out that the shots of the hyena are a cut-and-paste job.

It is hard to believe that Akshara could not crack the identity of Arjun, and the writers don’t explain the motive of Arjun to repeatedly walk into the space of a police officer either. It is equally silly that every character indulges in martial arts just because the protagonist is a martial arts master. Saving stray dogs is a noble idea but nobody would approve of feeding dogs in the middle of a motorable street at night. The strand of Arjun with his father (Milind Soman) also could have been much more striking and the background score doesn’t add much to the mood.