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Mardaani, Bollywood movie, 2014 - A citizen's review
So Rani Mukherjee is back with a bang after Talaash in her recent flick Mardaani, directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra. The story of a daredevil female police officer played by Rani, the film will be measured against the success of a few other heroine centric movies in recent days - Kahaani and Queen. Will it live up to the expectation?

The director has chosen a very intense and contemporary topic - Child trafficking and Drug dealing. And the movie doesn't fail to connect to its audience on this theme. It is spot on! More than a mere Bollywood entertainment it's a movie which makes you think about the situation, makes you sit up and take notice of the world we are living in where thousand of girls are pushed into flesh trade daily, headlines galore in newspaper and yet we choose to ignore it in our daily lives. That is where the film is successful.

The director has kept the movie quite simple, compared to other police-goons movies like Singham, Dabangg etc. the protagonist is not blown out into a larger than life character with unnecessary fights and dialogues. The story movie in a good pace, with investigations and sequencing of events looking realistic. The dialogues are nice and punchy and added to the situation perfectly. Kudos to the producers also for not making the director add unnecessary songs that could have marred the pace of the movie. A song less thriller, Mardaani is a film to watch, and then think.

Performance wise, Rani Mukherjee is back wth a bang. It is her first action movie but the audience will never feel that. She looked apt and fir for the role. She once again proves her acting mettle and shows you why she is still one of the best actress in the industry. Tahir Basin as villain brings out the actor in him, he as villain is wicked. The supporting actors were good as well and played their part with the restraint required.


Rating ***1/2

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