Mardaani is a short and hard hitting movie, which packs in sharp and searing punches without frills.
By Abhishek Kaushik
Mardaani (2014) Review
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Jisshu Sengupta, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Priyanka Sharma
Music: Shantanu Moitra (Songs), Karthik Raja (Background Score)
Now a days its a rare feeling to walk out of the theatre with contentment of not wasting your money again on a worthless movie. Mardaani true to its title is pretty much filmy, entertaining but still explores and makes a point on a very sensitive social issue. Before moving on to the review, let me jot down some notes on Mardaani.
i) Its a first YRF A-rated movie and I believe 1st YRF movie based on some social issue. I wonder why YRF don’t makes more of such movies, they have all the resources to take Bollywood to next level.
ii) Its only a second movie of 2014 after Queen which I liked and surprisingly both have woman as main protagonist which is a rare phenomena by Bollywood standards.
iii) After watching Parineeta and Mardaani, I wonder how Pradeep Sarkar made such a bad movie in Laga Chunari Mein Daag. He is in top form in Mardaani.
iv) Good actors get better with age, this is surely the best performance of Rani of her career.
And now the review. Well, Mardaani is a no non-sense, fast paced thriller in which you won’t feel bored even for a second. Touching a sensitive and heart-wrenching issue of teenage girl trafficking, it bravely shows the extreme brutality and pain of the victimized girls.
Tahir Raj Bhasin plays the baddie brilliantly – so cruel and mean that you will be seething with anger watching his heartless acts and crave for his painful death.
The supporting cast is new but does not disappoint. I am not a great fan of Rani Mukerjee but she is brilliant and the undisputed soul of the movie. Rani as a Cop is more believable than our much pampered Singhams and Chulbul Pandeys. She is gritty and intelligent rather than going over the top. Even the way she spews expletives looks natural and not made up.
Tahir Raj Bhasin is also quite unlike the typical rough and rugged villain. On the face of it, he is sombre, soft spoken and a cool guy whose head is firmly into his business. However, in reality he is cold, merciless and devoid of any morality or humanity.
Thankfully as there are no unnecessary songs, the movie never loses its grip on the audience. After a long time I saw people clapping and whistling on dialogues which I didn’t see even during Singham. It was also encouraging to see 3/4 theatre occupancy.
The climax which some people feel was abrupt, isn’t disappointing either. The only thing missing is some hardcore action which any thriller movie should boast of.
Mardaani is a short and hard hitting movie, which packs in sharp and searing punches without frills. In the end, your heart goes out for those unsuspecting girls who become the targets of such monsters. Mardaani drives home the need to put an end to such inhumane acts as early as possible.
Don’t miss it at any cost !!!
Abhishek Kaushik is Member of Moviemaniacs Facebook Group. The opinions shared by the reviewers are their personal opinions and does not reflect the collective opinion of Moviemaniacs Facebook Group or Learning and Creativity emagazine.
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