Movie Review : Mardaani

Cast: Rani Mukherjee, Tahir Bhasin; Director: Pradeep Sarkar; Rating: ***1/2 (three and half stars)

Friday, August 22, 2014 | 3:30:52 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Cast: Rani Mukherjee, Tahir Bhasin; Director: Pradeep Sarkar; Rating: ***1/2 (three and half stars)

There have been a zillion debates over who is the superior sex in our country. Women have been treated as a weakling for quite some time now. But enough is enough it's time we women take some strong decisions and put our foot down. It's about time we bring out our Mardaani. Pradeep Sarkar's recent movie, Mardaani, leaves no stone unturned to evoke the Mardaani spirit in every girl.

Mardaani is a story that  revolves around a female cop Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukherjee) who is an astute cop working in a Mumbai Crime Branch unit. She lives with her husband Dr. Bikram Roy (Jisshu Sengupta) and her little niece Meera which she is very protective of. Shivani takes on a case that changes her life. A teenage girl, Pyari, who is like a daughter to her, is kidnapped by the trafficking mafia and the mafia kingpin smuggles the girl outside the city. The mafia kingpin calls Shivani and wants to know what she wants, so she will stop chasing them. Shivani asks the mafia kingpin (Tahir Bhasin) to let Pyari free, which he doesn't. Shivani Shivaji Roy doesn't know the name of mafia kingpin and she challenges him that she is going to catch him in 30 days and what follows is a cat and mouse game between a young, ruthless mafia kingpin and the police.

Rani Mukherjee looks confident in the role of a cop. Though she is a strong headed woman but also has an emotional side which helps her fight against all evil. She has done justice to her character and manages to keep the audience glued to their seat. She very well brings out the Mardaani spirit, which the female audience will connect with. Though her body language seems a little loose in some of the action sequences, but overall fights like a roaring lioness. Pradeep Sarkar has kept her look in the film very neutral and thus her character is very believable.

The real surprise package in the film is the antagonist, Tahir Basin, who plays the kingpin of a mafia gang and has a huge business of human trafficking as well. He plays the character with so much zest that one can feel the venom of his intentions in the film. The chemistry that the police and gangster share in the movie is bang on which makes the plot more gripping.

There are no forced songs other than the Mardaani anthem that gives way to the end credits. The Mardaani Anthem gets ones heart pumping.

The first half of the film is a little slow paced but the second half is very engaging. There is no unnecessary romantic angle, which is a boon to the audience. The movie goes through a continuous momentum all throughout.  There is an extensive use of abusive language and cuss words. Some of the visuals pertaining to the human trafficking market are very disturbing but the bitter truth as well. Probably being the reason for the 'A' certificate.

Mardaani puts up a heart wrenching story of child trafficking in the country. There is no entertainment quotient in the film, but entertaining films are released all throughout the year. Let's spare this weekend to a film that is made to evoke a feeling among the women, that they are not weak, they are as strong as any other human being. All the women should go for this one to bring out the mardaani in them and every man should watch this movie to realize and be aware that a mardaani lies in women as well.


Anita Menon

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Posted on: 17 May 2017 at 9:57pm
This is very beautiful movie and the story of the movie is very nice and in the movie Rani Mukherjee acted very well.

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Posted on: 25 August 2014 at 6:09am
Well movie is for. Mature viewers who get the plot in thier mind

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Posted on: 24 August 2014 at 2:13am
Mardaani is a movie which one should watch because of its subject Human Trafficking. Moreover, it have received all the positive reviews from the Critics and is a critically acclaimed movie now so one should give it a watch. Actors have done commendable job as well. The story will create impact only on mature viewers who are able to understand the subject. Others will only say rubbish because it is not made for immature audience.

Hopefully, this brings a change in thoughts and also to everyone.

Good luck, Rani & Mardaani team.

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Posted on: 23 August 2014 at 5:26pm
The entire notion of "mardaani" is utterly ridiculous. The word implies only men are strong and strenght/ might is synonymous with 'man.' It is offensive to call strong women man-like. Strong women are just that STRONG WOMEN. Cowardice, stupidity, and general weakness exists in both sexes. I haven't watched the movie yet, but when Rani says "show me your manliness," she means it in a sarcastic way you IDIOT! AND if the intended purpose was what you are saying then WOW the makers of this movie are idiotic male chauvinists.

Additionally, women don't need a movie to realize their strength either. Not to say that I am not glad bollywood is finally making movies like this. I just find your comments stupid.

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Posted on: 22 August 2014 at 9:27pm
Can not wait to catch this movie

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Posted on: 22 August 2014 at 12:49pm

I am waiting for this movie to watch
Yesterday's incident made mamata be remembered by her brave deed...After watching Mardaani ...more women can handle eve-tearsers and goons with self confidence...!!

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Posted on: 22 August 2014 at 8:12am
Awesome Review. I am so excited to watch the movie. will watch soon.
Rani Mukherjee you are the best

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Posted on: 22 August 2014 at 6:54am
For once IF provides a sensible review! Eager to watch the movie!!!

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Posted on: 22 August 2014 at 6:08am
Very eager to watch dis movie. Love u rani mukherjee ^_^

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Posted on: 22 August 2014 at 5:58am
very good ... bang on plot...
rani .. u rock!!!!!
would love to watch it :)

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