Mardaani - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

A slick even if not taut thriller more than a film that keeps the social issue it is about in your mind after you walk out.



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34 reviewers have given Mardaani an average rating of 3.7/5.0 (?)

17 yays
1 nays
16 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...I confess I had a rollicking good time seeing a woman grind her foot into a creep’s groin in a far more probable fashion. Mardaani strikes that delicate and hard-to-achieve balance between realism and entertainment. Very very nice, Mr Sarkar... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Thankfully, there aren’t any songs to steal your attention away from the cat-and-mouse game unraveling between the cop and the kingpin. The background score is considerate towards your eardrums, and the pace is brisk enough to keep you riveted throughout the running time. And yes, there’s also an interesting twist in the tale. ... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Sarkar brings it all in under two hours and still leaves us with the satisfaction of having watched a full-on commercial Hindi movie. He doesn’t shy away from the grime of it all. He even goes for the expletives. Between Singham and Shivani, there’s no question who’s got the bigger balls.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...So in the present avatar, it just remains an ok one time watch putting the much needed light on a burning and shameful truth of our sick social structure.... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, MARDAANI is relevant, powerful and inspiring with a top notch performance by Rani Mukerji. Worth a watch! ... full review

Thumbs up by Srishti Dixit , Bollywood Life ...Mardaani is a narrative that leaves you rattled and perturbed, yet it gives you hope of a better tomorrow. If you like watching good content and good performances on screen, go for this one... full review

Thumbs up by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...Rani Mukerji… Rani Mukerji… Rani Mukerji. Once you’re done soaking in all the awesomeness that the seasoned actress brings in to her character of Shivani Shivaji Roy, you will notice everything else, from the ambience, the shots, the other actors. Having said that, it’s the taut story that engages you through the film’s complete runtime – the real heroine, the real star of the show. Kudos to the complete team! ... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ... Rani Mukerji is in terrific form, and even though the film has no depth, she doesn’t let her intensity falter. Why should a film about a woman who does her duty even be called Mardaani? It’s as if being janaani is somehow inferior.... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...Mardaani is a complete package. You will not mind spending your hard earned money on Mardaani. Thumbs up from us. ... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma , Deccan Chronicle ...Mona Ambegaonkar has a brief but interesting role, and plays it with delightful confidence. Anil George, whom we first met in Miss Lovely, is a sparkling gem who needs a role that’s longer, more fleshed-out. ... full review

Thumbs up by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...A very real lady cop minus the usual Bollywood commercial crassness makes this a fine watch for those who love serious cinema ... full review

So-So by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini ...A taut thriller that's consistently watchable, if not memorable. ... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Rani is in fine form, not the film entirely though ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...You can watch Mardaani for all the wrong reasons and feel underwhelmed. Don't watch it for Rani Mukerji trying to be a Salman Khan. She’s not. Don’t watch it for true grit or precise realism; this is still a dialogue driven entertainer. Don’t watch it for song and dance, there isn’t any. Watch it for thrills; watch it with a pro-feminist stance. And you could find the right perspective... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Rani’s strong performance keeps the interest going, Tahir plays Walt with a resoluteness that is becoming and Artur Zurawski’s cine capture makes it all look edgy. Editor Sanjib Dutta adds to the interest with his swift edits. Pradeep Sarkar’s helming and Gopi Puthran’s script could have done with a little more sharpness though. Especially with that heavy melodrama at the final act…Even so, this is a good, solid and reasonably satisfying outing to aim for this weekend... full review

So-So by Ravi Kandala, ...Mardaani is a disturbing film - we know we are saying it again, but please make a note before you venture out. Though the message is lost in the dramatic finale, the film will leave quite an impression on you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Thankfully, MARDAANI [even though on the same subject] will have a bigger success, and a focus on child trafficking, thanks to Rani Mukerji and Pradeep Sarkar, and of course Tahir Raj Bhasin. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Which is a shame, because this could have been so much better. In the rating above, one star is for Rani who, like fine wine, is only getting better.... full review

So-So by Rajiv Masand, IBN Live ...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. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Khilnani, 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.... full review

So-So by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Mardaani aims to work as a crime drama for the urban audience. It does, to a large extent. Sarkar needed to pump in a bit more of energy into his narrative to make things more interesting.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...It will take a decent opening at the box office the marketing has been good and if the public likes grittiness of mardan iit will surely grow to be hit.... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...I am quite proud to say that the roaring lady rules the show in Mardaani and with aplomb. Despite the film not unraveling with as much wit and creativity as was expected of it, the movie is an attempt to alter the fare of commercial cinema, giving it a more real tinge. It might not be a brilliant film but it is a film that is better than good and must govern your attention for the theme it raises. It is a powerful film that seldom goes wrong and leaves by a message that must be heard. I am going with a generous 3.5/5 and a big shout out to Team Mardaani.... full review

So-So by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint ...t’s efficient and watchable, but also cold and mechanical despite the sensationalism inherent in the material. Mukerji works hard and is far more convincing using brains than brawn, but Shivani is a dull cop whose obsession never yields any emotional pay-off. Bhasin plays Karan with eye-rolling insouciance, but the most effective villain is Anil George in a small and memorable part as the sleazy lawyer who operates the trafficking operation.... full review

Thumbs up by Shakti Shetty, MiD DAY ...Brevity is sorely missing as the film could have been shorter. But then, at a time when there's rampant violence against women, Mardaani gives a glimpse of what should ideally happen... full review

Thumbs up by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Pradeep Sarkar has to be complimented for his choice of supporting actors. Whether it is Vakil (Anil George - a Vijay Anand lookalike, and simply brilliant), the car dealer (Arijit Singh lookalike, again - very good), Tahir's sidekick, Rani's fellow cops, the Sikh cop from Delhi, the fixer, the Minister and of course the girl who plays Pyaari (Priyanka Sharma) - everyone is truly convincing... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well, 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 along with every pervert man, who will never dare to use his animal instincts after watching this film. 'Mardaani' is the celebration of woman power for every woman who feels inferior in front of the opposite sex, and of course, every man who respects them and treats them equally. Ratings : 4/5 Now, enjoy reading on your Android Smartphone Bollywood Popular After Rihanna, it’s Kriti Sanon for River Island After Rihanna, it’s Kriti Sanon for River Island Shraddha Kapoor’s mystical eyes lands her a role in Haider Shraddha Kapoor’s mystical eyes lands her a role in Haider Parineeti Chopra is at home in Lucknow Parineeti Chopra is at home in Lucknow Vikram Bhatt uses same software from Avatar 3D in Creature 3D Vikram Bhatt uses same software from Avatar 3D in Creature 3D When Natwarlal met his Guru! When Natwarlal met his Guru! After Creature 3D, Bipasha to think twice before signing horror film After Creature 3D, Bipasha to think twice before signing horror film Tanishaa Mukerji makes a stylish appearance at LFW 2014 Tanishaa Mukerji makes a stylish appearance at LFW 2014 Sussanne and Mehr reveals truth on Hrithik’s divorce controversy Sussanne and Mehr reveals truth on Hrithik’s divorce controversy ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chattarjee, NDTV ... 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. ... full review

So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now ...Having said that, irrespective of all it's cliches Mardaani serves well towards Rani's career graph. A definite watch if you are a Rani fan, Mardaani is just an above average revenge-action cop flick.... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma., Rediff ...If only the script weighed more in intensity of thoughts than stagy heroics and simplistic resolutions, it could do a lot more for women in the film industry if not society in general. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...If we look past these blunders, we have an interesting film with an inspiring hero, a menacing villain that you personally want to thrash, and a story that touches your heart. All this, and Rani Mukerji! More reasons to watch, than not! ... full review

Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...It is a vehicle designed for Rani and one accessed the film with the trepidation of watching a loud performance. She takes time to get into the groove but once she does, she regales with a measured performance. At places, the discerning might find that she is getting into good old theatrics where every emotion and line is spelt out and it becomes all the more obvious in the presence of a support cast — led by Tahir Bhasin as the mastermind of the racket — which doesn’t have to carry the baggage of the past but then it is mainstream film trying to reach out to as many as it could. The fact that for the most part it makes you forget it is the biggest victory for Mardaani... full review

So-So by TNN, Times of India ...This movie could have continuous recall had the pace been racier. And if you could also buy into the emotional tracks between Shivani and her husband, her niece or her ward. Also, Rani is the only member of the cast with star value. The rest of the actors, including the English-speaking young goon, are inconsquential.... full review

Thumbs up by Aparna Mudi, ZEENEWS.COM ...If you are tired of the nonsensical action, and over-the-top drama, `Mardaani` is the film for you. The movie has the power to invoke thought and subjects you to question the ultimately ineffective candle light vigils that need to now metamorphose to a more powerful resistance to lawless cruelty and nip crime at its bud. ... full review