7.3/10
8,122
51 user 31 critic

Mardaani (2014)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 22 August 2014 (India)
Trailer
2:19 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.49 (SD) on Amazon Video

A story of Shivani Shivaji Roy, Crime Branch, who sets out to confront the mastermind behind a child trafficking mafia.

Director:

Reviews
Top Rated Indian Movies #183 | 3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Stars: Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Myra Karn
Mary Kom (2014)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A chronicle of the life of Indian boxer Mary Kom, who went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream.

Director: Omung Kumar
Stars: Robin Das, Rajni Basumatary, Priyanka Chopra
Dedh Ishqiya (2014)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two lousy crooks find paradise in the seven stages of love.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi
Hum Tum (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A novel look at the eternal battle of the sexes and the trials and tribulations of Karan and Rhea and their attempts to understand each other.

Director: Kunal Kohli
Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kiron Kher
Talaash (2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Inspector Surjan Shekhawat, who is dealing with a depressing past, has to investigate a high profile murder case, deal with his crumbling marriage and use the help and solace of a prostitute by the name of Rosie.

Director: Reema Kagti
Stars: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Rani Mukerji
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Shruti and Bittoo become partners in their very own "Wedding planning ka bijness" in Delhi and in the process discover friendship, love and one another.

Director: Maneesh Sharma
Stars: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Ranjit Batra
Ishqiya (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

While on the run from goons, a man and his nephew fall for a kidnapper's seductive widow.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi
Highway I (2014)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.

Director: Imtiaz Ali
Stars: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda, Durgesh Kumar
Paa (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A father tries to help his son cope with a rare condition that causes the young boy to age beyond his years.

Director: R. Balki
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan
Parineeta (2005)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The lifelong romance between Lolita (Balan) and Shekar (Khan) is upset by the arrival of another man.

Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Stars: Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt
Action | Drama | Thriller

A sequel to the successful 2014 thriller.

Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Stars: Rani Mukerji, Jishu Sengupta
Hichki (2018)
Drama

A uplifting story of a woman born with a speaking disability, who sets her sights on realizing her life long dream of becoming a teacher in the in the face of bureaucracy and societal attitude towards people with disabilities.

Director: Siddharth Malhotra
Stars: Rani Mukerji
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Shivani Shivaji Roy
...
Walt / Karan
Priyanka Sharma ...
Pyaari
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mona Ambegaonkar ...
Meenu Rastogi
Gautam Babbar ...
Tandon
Probir Dutt ...
Rok
...
Vakeel / Lawyer
Kinjal Jain ...
Runa
Rio Kapadia ...
JT. C. P. Sinha
Avneet Kaur ...
Meera
Peter Manuel ...
Mboso
Peter Muxka Manuel ...
Mboso
Sharika Raina ...
Alka
Digvijay Rohildas ...
Jafar
...
Dr. Shivaji Roy
Edit

Storyline

India is the world's hub for child sex trafficking - Nearly 40,000 children are abducted every year - Every 8 minutes a girl child goes missing in India. Mardaani, is a story of Shivani Shivaji Roy, Crime Branch, who sets out to confront the mastermind behind a child trafficking mafia. Written by Official source

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 August 2014 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Masculine  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rani Mukherjee first action packed role. See more »

Connections

References Bunty Aur Babli (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mardaani: A Celebration of Woman Power
22 August 2014 | by (Mumbai) – See all my reviews

There are some movies which are made just to entertain but there are some which makes you think, Mardaani falls in the latter genre.

Human Trafficking is a business which is growing at an alarming rate worldwide and India is a hub of Child Trafficking and Mardaani deals with this topical subject.

Gopi Puthran chooses a controversial topic of Human Trafficking for his story and the risk with such subjects is that it becomes preachy. But thankfully Gopi's screenplay refrains from doing so and tells the story in a thriller format of a crime branch Inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukherjee) who has a soft spot for an orphan Pyari (Debutant Priyanka Sharma). Life takes a turn for Shivani when Pyari goes missing, how Shivani busts the Human Trafficking nexus and finds Pyari constitutes the rest of the story.

Gopi's screenplay captures the modus operandi of how human trafficking is done in a thriller format which is engaging and keeps you at the edge of the seat; not much time is spent on the emotional quotient. It is the climax which looks a bit too convenient. The characters are realistic and so are the dialogues. But I thought the Thriller quotient could have been much better as the surprise element is missing in most part of the movie.

The performances are the biggest highlight of the movie. Rani as Shivani gives a crackling performance, everything from her body language to the way she speaks everything is spot on. Rani Mukherjee again proves that you cannot keep a good actor away for too long. Another brilliant performance is of the debutant Tahir Raj Bhasin who plays the antagonist Karan, he is so good that you start hating him, truly a brilliant debut. Tahir's portrayal of Karan is a perfect complement to Rani's portrayal of Shivani. Mona Ambegoankar gives a superb performance, though her role is small but she shines even in a brief role, sad to see that a brilliant actress like her is underutilized. Another debutant Priyanka Sharma as Pyari shows spark. Jishu Sengupta the Bengali actor is wasted in a brief role. Rest of the cast is cast well and they do a good job. I should mention Shanoo Sharma the casting director who has done a brilliant job of casting.

The second highlight is the cinematography by Artur Zurawski who captures the bylanes of Mumbai and Delhi well and keeps the tone as realistic as possible in lieu of the narration.

With "Mardaani" Pradeep Sarkar resumes his original form which was seen in "Parineeta" (2005). Though a dark and sensitive subject, but Pradeep handles it well and keeps the narrative simple though a bit of twists would have been better. But Pradeep is successful is extracting some brilliant performances from the cast which is commendable.

Kudos to Pradeep Sarkar for taking up such a sensitive issue for a movie and showing how women can defend themselves against odds. This movie is a true celebration of woman power....


21 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.