- 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.
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