Rani Mukerji's Mardaani directed by Pradeep Sarkar is the story of a senior inspector in Crime Branch who sets out to uncover the mastermind behind the child trafficking mafia. Rani plays the role of Shivani Shivaji Roy who traces the kidnapping of a teenage girl who is like a daughter to her.
The plot of Mardaani bears strong resemblance to the 2005 American TV mini-series titled Human Trafficking. Starring Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland in the lead roles the critically acclaimed show tells the story of an American Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent going undercover to stop an organisation from trafficking people. The show follows the personal stories of three trafficked women.
The promo of Mardaani which shows Rani's drive to hunt down the trafficking mafia and put them behind bars is similar to Sorvino and Sutherland's effort to to find the criminals and give justice to the victims.
The official synopsis of Mardaani mentions, "Fighting a war which is very personal and in an obsessive hunt for the girl, Shivani stumbles into the world of debauchery, cruel desires and exploitation and onto a case that will change her life forever. What follows is a cat and mouse game between a fearless cop and a young and ruthless mafia kingpin."
Human Trafficking was produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises, and telecast on the Lifetime Television channel in the US. Both Sorvino and Sutherland were nominated for Golden Globes for their role in the series. We wonder if Rani's role in Mardaani too will get her accolades?
Mardaani vs Taken
The plot of Mardaani is also similar to the 2008 Liam Neeson film Taken where Neeson plays a former CIA operative named who sets about searching for his daughter after she is kidnapped by human traffickers while traveling in France.
After the release of Taken, Neeson career got a boost and he was suddenly seen as an action star. Will Rani's Mardaani also give her an image make over and make her an action star?