Film critics decide the fate of a movie in most cases with their verdict, as most film goers read reviews before heading to the theatres. Rani Mukherjee will be happy as her comeback film, “Mardaani” has got favourable reviews from the critics.
Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Pradeep Sarkar, “Mardaani” features Rani Mukherjee, Tahir Bhasin and Jisshu Sengupta in the lead roles. The crime drama was released on Friday, 22 August.
There was not much hype around the film despite veteran Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee is returning to films after a long hiatus with this crime drama. Her fans will be eager to see her in the big screens again.
It’s going to be an acid test for “Mardaani” as most women-oriented film failed at the box office in the past. However, it will be interesting to see the “Black” actress donning the role of a tough Mumbai Crime Branch cop, who takes on the child trafficking mafia.
Here “Mardaani” reviews roundup by film critics:
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV: “Mardaani scores because it adopts an uncluttered approach to the tale of a fearless Mumbai crime branch officer who pulls out the stops to counter the wiles of a smooth-talking child sex trafficker in Delhi,” wrote Chatterjee, adding, “Mardaani is a taut thriller that is refreshingly shorn of flab. It plunges straight into business. “
“Mardaani is obviously Rani Mukerji’s film and she dominates the show all the way through. But a few of the other actors, too, are given enough space to make a mark,” he wrote. “Because Shivani Shivaji Roy is not your average action ‘hero’, she might not appeal to Dabangg junkies. But for everyone else, Mardaani could be well worth a trip to the multiplex.”
Rohit Khilnani of India Today: “Mardaani is not a usual Yashraj film but a good one to switch tracks and attempt something different. Filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar deserves a pat on his back for this one. He not just gets the best performances out of his cast but keeps his focus right making Mardaani a great watch,” he wrote.
“Book your tickets for Mardaani and watch Rani Mukherji in action. She will blow your mind!”
Anupama Chopra from Hindustan Times: “Gritty is not the adjective that comes to mind when you think of director Pradeep Sarkar or producer Yash Raj Films. So the first few minutes of Mardaani are startling,” she wrote in her review.
“The best thing about Mardaani is the performances, led of course by Rani. She imbues Shivani with steely resolve but also gives her emotional depth. There is a wonderful pre-interval scene in which her family gets caught in the cross-fire.”
“Post-interval, the story derails considerably. By the time we get to the climax, we are fully in avenging angel territory. And, just like in Singham Returns last week, the solutions suggested are problematic.”
Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express: “Till the half-way mark, there isn’t a slack moment. In a walk-on role, Sengupta plays the cop’s spouse with the right degree of support and helplessness. And Mukerji’s Shivani does a good job of maintaining balance between a cop’s life at work and at home.”
“After the interval, the filmmakers throw all restraint to the wind. Shivani is pushed into becoming a one-woman squad, turning into the male version of the movie cop that’s only right for comic-book treatment in bad 80s’ reboots.”
“The display of the ‘trafficked’ girls teeters on the voyeuristic. The resolution, showcasing bloody vigilante-ism, is problematic. Is that the only definition of ‘mardaani’, and is that something to be celebrated? Something more pragmatic, and yes, more real, would have served its consistently watchable leading lady, better.”
The Times of India: “The film claims to be inspired by true events. However, for cinema-buffs, it’s easier to trace the inspiration to several Hollywood thrillers, including the Liam Neeson one, Taken (2008). Like Neeson, a former CIA operative hunting down his daughter who is kidnapped by human traffickers for sexual slavery, Rani is a current-day crime branch inspector searching for a teenager who goes missing from a local Mumbai shelter,” it wrote.
“While there is nothing in the plot that you haven’t seen before, it is still watchable for the superb performance of Rani, whose amber-coloured eyes breathe fire when she is packing those punches!”
(Image Credit: Screenshot from “Mardaani” official Trailer)