Review: Mardaani

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Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) is a senior inspector crime branch, in Mumbai. Clever at picking up hidden clues and fearless in confronting hardened criminals with wild chase, 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 smuggled the girl outside the city. Shivani doesn’t know the name of mafia kingpin but 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 police.

Fighting a war which is very personal for Shivani and in an obsessive hunt for the girl, Shivani stumbles into the world of debauchery, cruel desires and exploitation.

Rani is portraited as a cross between Dabanng and Singham. She pulls off the role beautifully and leaves no stone unturned in giving her best in Mardaani. She is in terrific form, and even though the film has no depth, she doesn’t let her intensity falter. In fact, she has apparently invested lots of her time studying lady cop lifestyle and ways they deal in their daily chores.

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.

Pradeep Sarkar is a competent film director. After rather forgettable films like Lafange Parinde and Laga Chunri Mein Daag, he is back with a genre he has never tried before. He delivers a bold film which is both entertaining and thrilling and but the pacing in the second half could have been swifter.

Mardaani is one-woman show. Its also a welcomed the departure from the romantic fare usually produced by Yash Raj Films, the production house behind the movie.