Mardaani (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 28 Critic Reviews | Rani Mukerji

cast:

Rani Mukerji, Jisshu Sengupta, Priyanka Sharma, Tahir Bhasin, Sanjay Taneja, 

direction:

Mardaani (2014) PosterPradeep Sarkar

story:

Gopi Puthran

screenplay:

Gopi Puthran

dialogue:

cinematography:

Artur Zurawski

music:

Julius Packiam

produced by:

Aditya Chopra

language:

weird aggregate rating 6.1/10Hindi

genre:

Action, Thriller

release date:

22-August-2014
run time:
113 Minutes


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  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-6
No one would've ever imagined Pradeep Sarkar -- director of films such as PARINEETA, LAAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG and LAFANGEY PARINDEY -- to plunge into the dark world in his new outing. Likewise, no one would've ever envisaged Rani Mukerji -- having proved her mettle in diverse

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-8
Mardaani is a crime drama, which is packed with action and thrills. Rani Mukerji plays a tough cop who does her job with her heart and mind. She puts in her blood and sweat to bust a human-trafficking racket. The show she puts together on the big screen is simply awesome! Shivani Shivaji

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-4
A famous queen, said to have lived in medieval India, was described as ‘mardaani’. She fought the invaders of her land long and hard, and her valour became part of folklore. Doubtless, the makers of ‘Mardaani’ want to create resonance between this Rani and that Rani.

  •  DNA -Sarita Tanwar Rating-5
The story is about a cop in the crime branch of Mumbai. Shivani Rao (Rani Mukherji) sets out to find a girl (Pyaari) who disappears from a shelter. Her search for Pyaari leads her into the dark world of drugs and human trafficking, run by Karan (Tahir Bhasin) against whom she single-handedly

  •  Masala.com -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-5
India’s top actress got married to its biggest film producer. What happened next was a film called Mardaani aka ‘This Hopefully Erases All Aiyya Memories’. Not sure how flattering it must have been for Rani Mukerji to know that her producer husband has decided to cast her in the

  •  Emirates 24/7 -Sneha May Francis
Rani packs a punch as the fiery cop Shivani, who is untouched by influences from Bollywood supercops Chulbul Pandey and Singham. Despite a reference to Chulbul’s trademark aviators, Shivani isn’t bogged down by romantic tracks, the desire to randomly blow up cars, or even fly through

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-7
Gopi Puthran has written a very predictable story which loses steam in its second half. The usual stuff is all something you’ll expect and nothing shocks the hell out of you. That is probably the film’s only hitch. The melodrama, the convoluted climax is all a staple affair, something I was expecting.

  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-6
For YRF and producer Aditya Chopra, Mardaani is a marked departure from convention.For one, the film is inspired by dire newspaper headlines and alarming United Nations reports about India’s missing girls. Moreover, in deference to its solemn theme and purpose, Mardaani

  •  Bollywood Life -Shrishti Dixit Rating-6
Rani Mukerji delivers one of the most powerful performances of her career in Mardaani. The fiery spark her fans saw in the actor in her earlier films like Mehendi, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat and Ghulam materialises fully as a raging fire in Mardaani. You wouldn’t expect the newly-wed actor

  •  Rediff -Sukanya Verma Rating-5
Jis duniya mein maa-behne rishte nahi gaali hain, uss duniya se maryada ke rishte saare todungi,' screams an eye-catching tagline of Mardaani’s poster. You’d think there’s a point behind this relatable sentiment? But no, five minutes into the film and Rani Mukerji barges into a goon’s

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-8
Pradeep Sarkar begins with the finesse he is known for and before you know it, you are sucked into the plot with Inspector Shivani Shivaji Rao (Rani Mukerji) from crime branch, Mumbai, and her team. Sarkar takes you to the belly of the city as Shivani and her team move in to ferret

  •  Hindustan Times -Rohit Vats Rating-5
The Hindi film industry’s idea of an action film has changed with time, and director Pradeep Sarkar’s latest venture Mardaani is an example of this. Now, the filmmakers are concentrating more on realistic stunt scenes, but is this enough to bring mainstream Bollywood at par with foreign

  •  Book My Show -Saumya Sharma Rating-7
A film with a strong female protagonist is always great fun to watch. Some of these films possess the capability to transport you into the scene of all the real-action and makes you feel empowered and proud to be a woman. For the men, well, it’s the rise of a woman. The film tackles a serious

  •  Zee News -Aparna Mudi Rating-7
Rani plays a Mumbai crime branch officer, Shivani who is a hard-bitten cop with a mission to set things right. She is not afraid to bend the rules, to nab criminals and is respected by her fellows. She gets involved in the investigation of busting a sex-trafficking racket when a girl

  •  CNN-IBN -Rajeev Masand Rating-6
As movie cops go, Mardaani's Shivani Shivaji Roy, played by Rani Mukerji, feels closer in spirit to Aamir Khan's straight-talking Ajay Rathod from Sarfarosh over larger-than-life supermen Chulbul Pandey or Bajirao Singham. This mostly gritty thriller directed by Pradeep Sarkar opens

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Suparna Sharma Rating-6
Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, a freedom fighter who wrote poems in Veer Ras, would never have imagined how much that one word in her otherwise stirring poem, Jhansi Ki Rani, would rile feminists. And now it’s back, that word — mardaani — as if valour is still the reserve of men,

  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-6
Gritty is not the adjective that comes to mind when you think of director Pradeep Sarkar or producer Yash Raj Films. So the first few minutes of Mardaani are startling.Mardaani is about Shivani’s pursuit of a teenage girl abducted by child traffickers. Her investigation leads her to

  •  Times of India -Madhureeta Mukherjee Rating-6
It's raining fearless cops on the Bollywood marquee. Last week, it was Singham, who, in his khakis, returned to take the pants off corrupt politicians and god-men. And this week, it is Lady Singham or Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji), looking dapper, albeit briefly, in a police inspector's

  •  India Today -Saurabh Dwivedi Rating-7
It was only recently that Kareena Kapoor Khan had expressed her wish to star as the lady Singham. Not all that off the plate, the following Friday opened to Mardaani in which Rani Mukerji plays a police inspector. And what a treat Mardaani turned out to be: a woman playing herself in a man's world.

  •  Mid Day -Shakti Shetty Rating-8
Instead of touching upon the issue by dwelling on the heinous crimes committed against kidnapped children, this Pradeep Sarkar-directed venture offers a pragmatic and compelling story of what it is to chase down the bad guy. In the first half, it becomes evident that this battle is

  •  ABP News -Mayank Shekhar Rating-3
It’s only at the fag end of this film that the essential point of this picture somehow becomes clearer. Rani Mukerji, although hardly a flying queen, takes her shirt off to reveal her feather-weight biceps through her T-shirt. She throws the gun away, strikes the kick-boxing pose,

  •  Now Running -Noyon Jyoti Parasara Rating-5
Rani Mukerji used expletives in No One Killed Jessica too. But the ones that she uses in Mardaani are of an another level altogether. This is the first time she has played a character like Shivani Shivaji Roy, and I don't remember any other actress playing a similar character in quite some time.

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-6
To appreciate the film, you must first forgive its title. Even if it's inspired by the famous words written for Rani Laxmibai, it seems like it's egging women to "be like men" to overcome crisis, and that adjective is a compliment to our central protagonist Shivani (Rani Mukerji), a Crime Branch cop.

  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-7
Pushing up the ante of woman in Bollywood ‘Mardaani’ starring Rani Mukherjee is a fiercely arresting action thriller effectively affecting for its reality takes on sex trafficking though its compassion for formulaic ending reduces some of movies ‘real’ passion. However its lack of originality and

  •  Business of Cinema -Udita Jhunjhunwala Rating-6
‘Inspired by true events’ reads a super at the beginning of Pradeep Sarkar’s dramatic thriller that tackles the issue of child trafficking and prostitution. What the Rani Mukherji showcase achieved, albeit inadvertently, is to set the bar of expectations so low that Mardaani actually ends

  •  Deccan Herald -Arkadev Goshal Rating-8
The tinsel-town grapevine has it that Mardaani is Aditya Chopra’s wedding gift to Rani Mukerji. She could hardly have asked for anything better than a film with a (literally) hard-hitting protagonist, a social message and a director with a penchant for bringing the women in his film to the fore.

  •  Time Out -Aniruddha Guha Rating-4
In a scene in Mardaani, inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) comes across some arson-causing goons. She’s a crime branch officer and plain-clothed, so the leader of the pack doesn’t take her seriously. A couple of warnings later, unsurprisingly, Roy starts beating the guy

  •  Moviez Adda -Divya Solgama Rating-8
This movie has all the dum required for a good hard-hitting entertainer. The movie is thrilling, haunting, engaging and entertaining without even being preachy. 'Mardaani' is a mandatory watch for every female, who should be brave and bold just like the character of Rani Mukherjee

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-6
When a YRF production begins on an unglamorous note, with regular cop banter in a van, it is immediately taken as a signal of intent, and perhaps, rare ambition. Four minutes pass without a strand of a background score as Rani Mukerji—playing no-nonsense Maharashtrian crime-branch

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Ratings Breakdown-

Rating scale - Out of 10
Weird Aggregate Rating(WAR) - 6.1/10 (28 reviews)
Male critics - 6.2 (15)
Female critics - 5.9 (13)
Highest Rating - 8 (5)
Least Rating - 3 (1)
Most Given Rating - 6 (9)

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6.1/10 rating from
Reviews: 28.