Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) is a senior inspector of the criminal branch in Mumbai. Fearless in confronting hardened criminals, Shivani takes on a case that changes her life. When a teenage girl, Pyari, is kidnapped by traffickers, Shivani Shivaji Roy sets about finding the kingpin’s whereabouts. A ruthless criminal kingpin versus police force battle ensues.
As Shivani Shivaji Roy, a Mumbai Crime Branch cop, Rani Mukerji plays it straight. That makes her largely believable and real and it lends the film a serious texture. Leading from the front, Rani Mukerji delivers a power packed performance as Mardaani.
At the other hand, the kingpin (Tahir Bhasin), impress by his performance. There are no songs in the film except for one background song which is a welcome change. Jishu Sengupta has nothing much to do in the film but still delivers.
Once the case involving human trafficking becomes a central part of the narrative, Mardaani becomes significantly more interesting and draws you in completely. The sensational stories involving the illegal trade of young girls to foreign countries provide shock value.
Pradeep Sarkar manages to perfectly capture the vulnerability and the sensitivity of the issue. However, Mardaani falls flat with it comes to character development and the story progression which is largely predictable.
It goes without saying that Yash Raj has gone all out to produce this Rani Mukerji starrer and also tried to promote the film as much as they could.
Together Rani Mukerji and Pradeep Sarkar deliver a solid film. Mardaani is an engaging and an alarming film about human trafficking. Such films should be made more often keeping in much the sensitiveness of the issue.
Hats off to Yash Raj for belting this one out.
It's sensitive, its real and its engrossing; well we are talking about Pradeep Sarkar's Mardaani that stars Rani Mukerji, Tahir Bhasin and Jishu Sengu...3.0