Madaari Movie Review | Critic Reviews

Madaari Hindi Movie Review

Madaari Hindi Movie Review

Total Reviews - 12
Average Rating - 5.1/10
Yes - 4
No - 4
Neutral - 4
Watchable? - 66%

Critic Reviews Madaari

  • Gulf News | Review By -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-7/10
Madaari would have benefited hugely from a 10-minute trim (the songs underlining the father-son bond were excessive). But in all, Madaari was engaging and touched upon some deep subjects such as corruption, the power of social media and public opinion, with alacrity.
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Renuka Vyavahare Rating-7/10
Kamat's execution falters a bit though. He tries too hard to be ambiguous at times, when a simple storytelling could have been as effective. However, overall, his intent deserves an applause as Madaari shames the trend of rising apathy that is often misconstrued as resilience.
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  • News 18 | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-5/10
Irrfan does the best he can with the given material, delivering moments of great poignancy while resisting the temptation to showboat. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Madaari. Arguably one of the finest actors of our times, Irrfan Khan deserves films worthy of his talent. This one comes up short.
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  • Rediff | Review By -Savera Someshwar Rating-4/10
Madaari does not make you cringe. It does not make you angry. It does make you, at least for the few hours that you are in the theatre, want to stand up and do something about the system. It is not a film that will stay with you as you, in your day to day routine, succumb to the pressure and become part of the corruption that ails our system.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-5/10
It is, at best, a tepid, occasionally intriguing thriller. It fails to create the required tension, suspense or anticipation as the intrepid crusader leads the cops and their feckless bosses on a wild goose chase across northern India. At the outset, the film alludes to scams, bridge collapses, rail mishaps and farmer suicides before plunging into the story a distraught
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Sweta Kaushal Rating-4/10
Ultimately though, Madaari crumbles under its own lofty ideals and ambition. The slow pace makes the fall even more painful and enduring. And that it had two brilliant actors in Irrfan and Jimmy, who were grossly under-used, only adds to injury.
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  • Deccan Chronicle | Review By -Rohit Bhatnagar Rating-6/10
Overall, Madaari would do well with those who like movies based on the message of anti-corruption. And yes, Nishikant has even more to do this time around. Madaari is certainly an eye-opener for those who want to be a part of social awakening in our society. The movie is a great watch for the weekend.
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  • India Today | Review By -Suhani Singh Rating-4/10
Madaari's preaching for a better world doesn't always inspire, it more often bogs you down. Is Nirmal's outrage enough to change the system?  For a film which makes a call for cleaning up the system, its last scene is rather off putting. Kamath's second release of the year is better than his earlier effort, Rocky Handsome. Here the saving grace is Irrfan's act. He truly is the Madaari here.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -BH Network Rating-5/10
The film's cinematography (Avinash Arun) is poor. Even the stock footage that has been used in the film is of extremely poor quality. The film's editing (Aarif Shaikh) could have been a lot better. MADAARI comes across as a thriller which holds your attention only in parts. It lacks consistency and punch and will therefore appeal to a limited set of audience. At the box office, its business prospects will be limited.
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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Sreeju Sudhakaran Rating-5/10
Madaari may have its heart in the right place, but an average direction and flawed narrative let down the movie’s honest intentions. Watch it only for a terrific Irrfan Khan! But then, the man is good even he is being shown just sitting on a bench!
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-4/10
Madaari is extremely close to the concept of Neeraj Pandey’s thriller A Wednesday. Unfortunately, it is not half as slick as the aforementioned film. Madaari is a lost cause. The story in spite of having potential, fails at execution and thanks to its dramatic discourse, shifts away from its focus. I am going with a 2/5 for the film.
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  • DNA | Review By -Bryan Durham Rating-6/10
The film's a little too long at two hours-plus. One feels that shaving off at least half an hour, would've kept one more invested in the story. Watch it once for Irrfan, who's the beating heart of this film. It's a film that could have gone for gold, but settles for lesser.
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Irrfan Khan, Vishesh Bansal, Jimmy Shergill, Tushar Dalvi, Nitesh Pandey, Sadhil Kapoor
Nishikant Kamat
Shailja Kejriwal
Ritesh Shah
Ritesh Shah
Avinash Arun
Inder Bawra, Sunny Bawra, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sameer Phaterpekar
produced by: 
Madan Paliwal, Shailesh R Singh, Shailja Kejriwal, Sutapa Sikdar, Irrfan Khan
run time: 
134 minutes
censor certification: 

Plot Synopsis [Contains SPOILERS]
A social media driven rumour, backed by a single defiant lowly news channel called Strawberry TV hits all of India. The ten year old son of the Home Minister has been kidnapped. A choric group of people from all over India react to this rumour, some believing it, others expressing total disbelief because they believe that the powerful cannot be touched in this country.
Unfortunately the rumour yet unconfirmed by the PMO is true. Rahul has been kidnapped on the way back from a nightly excursion.
The HM, his advisors and the man in charge of the investigation Jt. Dir. CBI Nachiket Verma are trying to zero in on the kidnappers. Who might they be? Terrorists? Naxalites? Men operating at the behest of the opposition or powerful criminals? Or was it a case of mistaken identity?
The answer is none of these as the kidnapper soon gets in touch with them himself. He is just another father whose son has gone missing. We do not know where. It is his son that he wants them to find and then he will return the HM`s son. A normal techie by profession, the kidnapper Nirmal has reached a state of madness where death and consequences do not scare him anymore.
As the cat and mouse game to catch him continues, as the increasingly fickle sympathies of the public oscillate between one father at one time and the other at another, a shocking fact comes out of it all.