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“Mardaani “movie review–Rani nails it in this absorbing thriller..

 

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  • Film: Mardaani
  • Starring: Rani Mukherjee, Tahir Raj Bhasin
  • Release Date: 22nd August
  • Produced by :Yashraj fillms
  • Directed by: Pradeep Sirkar
  • Story/Screenplay:  Gopi Puthran

 After a  dissapointing outing (the very much forgettable Lagaa chunari Main daag), the duo of Pradeep Sarkar-Rani Mukherjee are back with their latest offering Mardaani under their parent Yashraj bastion…And 15 mins into this cop flick, you know they have made amends..A solid thriller with a tight script, Mardaani yields a terrific watch from start to finish. 

Mardaani opens with our protagonist,  Shivani Shivaji Roy ( Rani Mukherjee) a senior Crime branch officer, along with her eclectic group of armed men, coasting into the interiors of a chawl to grab a evasive criminal. This sequence sets the intense  tone of the film, and kicks a punch when Shivani discovers the kidnapping of a poor girl. Her search unravels frightful truths about sex trafficking and drugs, and a nail biting chase begins between her and the brutal lynchpin of prostitution mafia Karan (Tahir Raj bhasin).

Pradeep sirkar lends a credible texture to this cop thriller, making it a song less flick of 100 mins, letting the audience not to digress from the core plot. To top it all, a brisk pace to the proceedings along with a realistic portrayal of the crime branch makes Mardaani a captivating watch.The thrilling encounter that begins between Shivani and Karan, right from the phone conversation till the den where they come face to face, is absolutely riveting.Ensuring sound sensibilities, Sarkar flourishes the typicality in  dialect between cop Shivani and her team men , inundated with cusswords, which clearly seems fresh out of life. Also, not much of personal arena of Shivani is bought into attention, which deserves an applause. But its the culmination of this film which dissapoints , where Sirkar opts for a usual bollywood cliche (much like the last week’s Singham returns) and takes the sheltered route of a one man army overpowering the evil in a rather unrealistic climax. 

 

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Yet, you are ought to stay glued to screen as Mardaani scores despite its minor blemishes. Rani is in terrific form as the fearless cop, with both brawns and brains. She pumps in fire to her portrayal from start till finish, powering it with both emotional and physical courage.In his maiden role onscreen, Tahir Raj Bhasin is an absolute revelation as the antagonist . Ruthless, brutal and voyueristic, he brims his disposition of a sex trafficking king with authenticity. Jishu Sengupta, in a brief role as Rani’s husband, doesnt get much scope. There are a string of  supporting actors who fit to their characters to the T.

Primarily inspired from a Hollywood flick Taken ( Liam Nesson), Mardaani is a undeviating watch with a strong and relevant script. In the annals of a commerical bollywood film, Mardaani is definitely one of the better films released till date this year. Go for it..You wont be dissapointed..!

 

                       PopCorn Entertainment Rating: 3/5

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Singham Returns review–Terrific performances elevates a pedestrian story.

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  • Film: Singham Returns
  • Starring: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Amol Gupte,Anupam Kher, Zakir Hussain
  • Release Date: 15th August 2014
  • Produced by :Reliance Entertainment, ADF
  • Directed by: Sajid Nadiadwala
  • Story/Screenplay:  Rohit Shetty, Yunus Saizawal
  • Music: Jeet Ganguli

Singham returns and roars..The Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty duo return with their Singham Franchise with a bigger and burnished look. To give them their due credit, I liked the fact that though they have picked up a concept that germinated  from a Tamil Blockbuster, they have not taken the sheltered route of reprising it scene to scene. They have garnished and conceptualized it with their own weaved out elements, completely in sync with all the elements of a Bollywood commercial entertainer.

The sequel opens up in the dark and civilized city of Mumbai, where a upright political leader Guruji (Anupam Kher) advocates stringent social reforms in the upcoming elections through youth power and women empowerment.His noble efforts faces hostile and heavy objections from a corrupt system, including a malevolent Swamiji ( Amul Gupte) and a nefarious politician Rao ( Zakir Hussain).  Their nexus has germinated tons of black money and illegal activities under the veil of public faith. Enter  Bajirao Singham( Ajay), the uncorrupted and brave police officer, who brims with fire and intensity when his own colleague and dutiful constable gets falsely implicated in the charges of corruption. Its time for revenge and vindication for Singham and Co, to cleanse up the system from the menace of the Godman-Politician duo and  to reinvigorate the battered system with positivity and hope..

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Based on an  elemental and threadbare foundation, Singham Returns wears minimal novelty, but it fleshes out all the smattering of the  Singham Brand Cinema , and does it with elan. Rohit Shetty is in absolute command when it comes to appeasing the masses, with solid punchlines–“Main leta nahin deta hun” ( Sajid-Farhad) and some genuinely well crafted action scenes ( Aerial views of action scenes on the sea link), which have been consciously toned down as compared to its predecessor. Coupled with this, some  outlandish comic sequences with the leading lady ( Kareena Kapoor) derives an assured mirth and laughter. There are some solid sequences which packs a punch, especially when our menacing Babaji burps out slokas when confronted , and in return, Singham rattles off the IPC Penal code sections. Even though the heart of the film is at the right place with an important social message–that its the people who need to stand up to correct the wrong to right, i was  disappointed with the climax, which apart from being overstretched, is peppered with banal cliches.

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Ajay Devgn, as the tough yet vulnerable cop, is absolutely smashing. He roars and digs into his character with ferocity and renders a humanitarian layer with conviction. He is worth a dekko in action scenes, and maintains a sparkling demeanour in sensitive moments, especially in a scene where  he is confronted by despairing women saving her son. Kareena Kapoor as Avni, the Lady Singham is consistently watchable in comic sequences, though she gets minimal scope in histrionics departments. Amol Gupte as the mean and unkind babaji is a delight to watch. Watch him lock horns with our Singham and you are assured of whistles and claps. Equally convincing is Zakir Hussain, who is spiteful as the corrupt politician. In a brief role as the upright leader, Anupam Kher leaves a lasting impression. And our Singham is ably supported by Daya, who reprises his “Door breaking“role from CID .

Despite all its loop holes, i rooted for Bajirao whenever he came on screen, and i think, thats the victory of Rohit Shetty and his team, for creating a hero who you will root for, because–jisme hain dum, do faqt Bajirao Singham.  For all the action and Singham brand enthusiasts, Singham Returns is a must watch.

 Popcorn Entertainment Rating: 3/5