'Khub ladi Mardaani woh toh Jhansi waali Rani thi'- It seems Yash Raj films took this line too seriously and they ended up making a brilliant film, with the horrific realities of human trafficking in India as the backdrop. Having our Bollywood's Rani Mukerji take over as the new age Jhansi Ki Rani, storming up a revolution in the recently released 'Mardaani', we list 5 major reasons why 'Mardaani' is a must watch for all.
The first and foremost reason why the film needs to be watched is- Rani Mukerji. 'Mardaani' is more like the Return of the Queen who's back to what she does best- acting! With a powerful woman character and her huge acting prowess, Rani Mukerji nails her tough cop act. If you thought that the otherwise tiny five-feet-something Rani would not be able to match up to a cop act, think again!
Unlike other masala cop films, be it a 'Dabangg' or a 'Singham', 'Mardaani' is absolutely unabashed, hardcore and blatantly real. Bringing about the brutal ills of human trafficking that plagues the Indian society at large today, 'Mardaani' raises a toast to the tough and indomitable human spirit. And not just that, 'Mardaani' brutally exposes the realities of the harsh world that stays masked under the covers of power and social politics. It gives us a glimpse of an underworld that reeks of violence and no regard for human life, a world that most mainstream Hindi films prefer not to see or speak of.
The gritty action sequences:
Salman Khan's Robinhood Chulbul Pandey might take on an army of hundred and still walk away with panache. Ajay Devgn's Bajirao Singham might do some powerful action stunts, cars inclusive! But Rani seems no less as the "hero" of her film, albeit in a more realistic fashion. With 'Mardaani', a true blue action heroine seems to be born and this film will definitely put the normal archetypal stereotype under the scanner, convincing the audience that any of us could be the hero. The 'Krav Maga' techniques used in the action sequences of the film also explain why it is not odd for a miniature Rani to take on a physically fitter villain!
The supporting cast including the villain:
If Rani is the best suited for essaying Shivani Shivaji Roy, so are the other cast members. Especially the villain. Tahir Bhasin, as the antagonist is a revelation! The cat and mouse chase between Rani and his character would have looked utterly bland, had he not put his pitch perfect acting skills to action.
The message 'Mardaani' preaches:
'Mardaani' comes at a time Indian society is savaged by regular reports of rape, violence and physical abuse on women along with huge human trafficking issues. 'Mardaani' is somehow a valiant effort and a brave attempt to set things straight. It brings out the harsh realities of the society and punches them right at our faces. But the message is clear. We definitely need a change and the change can only come from within. While 'Mardaani' urges women to start learning self defense to protect themselves from predators, it also insinuates the men to start respecting women. Watching the film brings back one special dialogue from another Rani Mukerji flick, 'Dil Bole Hadippa'. In a particular scene, Rani says, 'Jisko murti banake pujte ho, usiko insaan banake kuchalte ho' (You worship women as goddesses but crush us as humans). 'Mardaani' builds up on that sentiment and makes a hard hitting film out of it!