News Helpline | July, 19 2014
Verdict : 'Mardaani' is a mandatory watch for every female, who feels inferior in front of the opposite sex, and of course, every man who respects them and treats them equally. _____________________________________________________
Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) is a senior inspector with the Crime Branch department. She is a tough cop, who is unforgiving on criminals, and has established her own style of investigation thanks to her fearless attitude. Pyaari, an orphan girl, is kidnapped one day and so Shivani steps in to investigate this case and very soon, she realizes that there is a big human trafficking mafia behind this kidnapping.
During the investigation, Shivani comes to know that Karan (Tahir Bhasin) is the kingpin of this mafia and challenges him that she will arrest him within 30 days. The rest of ‘Mardaani’ is about she goes about nabbing Karan and rescuing Pyaari.
The biggest plus point of ‘Mardaani’ are the performances of each and every character in the film. Rani Mukerji is marvelous in her magnificent character of a dare devil cop. You can feel her anger and pain and thus totally connect with her in every scene. She looks fabulous in the cop uniform and does some great stunts in the film. In short we can say she has given a career-best performance with this film. Tahir Bhasin is brilliant in his character, which reminds you of Farhad's track from the Akshay Kumar starrer film 'Holiday'. His looks, manner of dialogue delivery and emotions sum up to make him the perfect handsome villain and he definitely will make it big in Bollywood. Needless to say, each and every actor in the film gave their best with their performances.
The second half of the film is quite gripping thanks to the investigation sequences that keep the audience engaged. The twist in the pre-climax is good while the conversations between Rani and Tahir is one of the major highlights of the film.
The first half of the film is a little slow-paced as it takes time to kick-start the actual drama. As it is already known that ‘Mardaani’ deals with human trafficking, it becomes a predictable plot to an extent. While the climax sequence has been designed well, the director could have easily avoided the fight sequence. Despite the Censor Board cutting down on the brutal scenes, there are few scenes would make the family audiences uncomfortable.
To start with, I would like to mention the dialogues as a plus since they elevate this film to a higher level. The dialogue writer of this film has to be definitely credited as he succeeded in providing good dialogues. Artur Zurawski’s cinematography is decent. While there are no songs in the film, the back ground score is apt. The editor has supported the director in making the film move in a crisp manner.
Director Pradeep Sarkar has taken a regular subject, but narrated it in a gripping manner. He should be credited for extracting good performances from all his actors and he has definitely showed the other side of Rani as a powerful cop.
Mardaani is a 2014 crime drama film directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra, released on 22 August 2014. The film features Rani Mukerji in the lead role, with Jisshu Sengupta and Tahir Bhasin appearing in supporting roles. The film tells the story of a female cop whose interest in the case of a kidnapped teenage girl leads her to uncover secrets of human trafficking by the India mafia.
The official trailer was launched on 24 June. The Central Board of Film Certification has insisted on censoring scenes from the trailer, including the use of a curse word and scene depicting rape of a teenage girl.
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