Mardaani Movie Review

Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Rating:3/5 Review By:Rajeev Masand Site:Rajeev Masand
Mardaani is not a perfect film, but it’s better than many of the blockbusters Bollywood churns out regularly. It’s a well-made commercial Hindi film – reasonably short and minus songs – that’s trying to say something. For that I’m going with three out of five. Whatever else, you won’t be bored.
Rating:3.5/5 Review By:Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

Mardaani is a movie that despite an unimaginative plot and predictable narrative engrosses you in its fabric. Rani Mukerji is pitch perfect in the role of a super-cop that is rightly hued, far from the floss and swagger of Chulbul Pandey and Singham. She is real, gritty and every bit brilliant. Though the film’s climax loses itself in melodrama, this is a film that has its heart in the right place and tells a pertinent story at a time when it must be heard.
Rating:/5 Review By:Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates 24/7
Ever since ‘Kahaani’ and ‘English Vinglish’ set the box-office cash registers ringing, elevating the position of Bollywood glam dolls into those with the power to be independent of their on-screen sweethearts, every female actor is vying for that spot in the Bollywood frame. So, Rani Mukerji is bang on trend, when she single-handedly holds fort in her home production ‘Mardaani’. With so much going for ‘Mardaani’, it’s unfortunate that its filmmakers failed to pull it through. That said, we still think it deserves a trip to the cinema just because it’s a step in the right direction.
Rating:3.5/5 Review By:Prathamesh Jadhav
Director Pradeep Sarkar keeps the narration simple, gripping and linear. But occasionally his movie wobbles on the slippery slope and partly gets reduced to a cat-and mouse-chase between Rani and her nemesis, albeit in a filmi style. The director keeps the plot precise for the major part and heightens the drama as he approaches the climax to offer those fan-pleasing moments and dialogues. As for the performances, Rani has delivered yet another intense act and played her character to perfection, while Tahir Bhasin as Walts is understated yet menacing who gives Rani a formidable chase-both as a character as well as an actor.
Rating:4/5 Review By:Rohit Khilnani Site: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. Book your tickets for Mardaani and watch Rani Mukherji in action. She will blow your mind!
Rating:2.5/5 Review By:Rohit Vats Site:Hindustan Times
Mardaani’s philosophy and message are conveyed to some extent. It may be liked due to its women oriented theme, but I don’t think it would give any impetus to the process of women empowerment. Watch it if you have been a Rani fan, but don’t look for any depth in the story.
Rating:2/5 Review By:Shubhra Gupta Site:The Indian Express
Doubtless, the makers of ‘Mardaani’ want to create resonance between this Rani and that Rani. And it has to be said that Mukerji gives as good as she gets in this vehicle created to boost her curve. 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.
Rating:4/5 Review By:Prarthna Sarkar Site:IB Times
Rani Mukerji's "Mardaani" is the kind of movie which, despite its predictable plot, governs one's attention for the awareness it raises on the widespread sex-trafficking in the country. The build up to the actual climax is as interesting as it can get, but the thrill fizzles out with a tried-and-tested conclusion. In a nutshell, this film sure has its heart in the right place.
Rating:/5 Review By:Aparna Mudi Site:Zee News
Inspiring as it is, the flick does has a few problems. One is despite the realism, there are a few dialogues that are overly dramatic and unnecessary. The background score is good but could have been much more enthused to build-up a climax and set the tone of the movie.
Rating:2.5/5 Review By:Sarita A Tanwar Site:DNA India
If you thought that the 5-feet-nothing Rani Mukherji would not be convincing as a tough cop, you will find you were mistaken. She gets into the skin of the character and delivers a powerhouse performance. Look out for her in the scene where she is talking to Karan, after the husband is publicly humilated -- Calm and menacing at the same time, with a tear rolling down one eye. The characters in this thriller-drama are superbly cast. Tahir Bhasin is menacing and ruthless as the head of the organization. Vakil and Tahir's mom are also effective. If you haven't seen Taken, then by all means...
Rating:/5 Review by:Deepanjana Pal Site:Firstpost
The film is not about equality of the sexes but a crime drama that promotes unhinged violence. See it is the social message that it pretends to be and Mardaani is disquieting and irresponsible. Not only does it support lawlessness, but it also shows the filmmaker trying to cash in on the nation’s horrified disbelief at the crimes being committed against women and girls. See it, on the other hand, as a 'Lady Singham', and it is – until it’s rather grisly and ghastly end – a decent watch, mostly thanks to Mukerji's performance. If you really want to punish yourself though, imagine a film in which Shivani and Singham team up. There’ll be exploding cars, testosterone, Yo Yo Honey Singh’s songs along with barf bags full of melodrama, a bucket of misguided notions of feminism and lots of Sanskrit chants.
Rating:3/5 Review By:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
Mardaani is more in the nature of a police procedural drama than a stunt film about a comic strip cop in which exploding cars and pummeled bodies are flung about in the air like a whole lot of pillows. 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. Tahir Raj Bhasin (as the boyish, English-speaking Hindu College dropout who trades in kidnapped girls) delivers a measured performance. So does the underutilized Anil George as the creepy drug dealer Vakil. Priyanka Sharma makes her presence felt in the guise of the street girl Pyari, whose abduction is the film’s principal flashpoint. 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.
Rating:3/5 Review By:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
Enacting the part of the tough-talking cop who goes in pursuit of those who run the sex trafficking ring, Rani strikes a true to life, forceful pose and also lends her character the much-needed intensity, strength and dignity. The agony that drives her forward is visible on her face and is one of the prime reasons that makes this story easy to swallow. In a lesser actor's hands, the written material would not have been so competently delivered. Tahir Raj Bhasin, who portrays the antagonist, is intimidating. Despite being pitted against a powerhouse performer like Rani, Tahir makes sure he leaves an ineradicable impression, playing a cold blooded criminal but maintaining a cool demeanor wonderfully. Jisshu Sengupta gets limited scope. Priyanka Sharma doesn't get much to do either. Mona Ambegaonkar is convincing. Anil George is first-rate. On the whole, MARDAANI is relevant, powerful and inspiring with a top notch performance by Rani Mukerji. Worth a watch!


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