The right of a woman to live with dignity has always been at crossroads with society's norms.The right of a woman to live with dignity has always been at crossroads with society's norms.The right of a woman to live with dignity has always been at crossroads with society's norms.
After releasing to a tepid response early this year, Madam Chief Minister premiered online on Netflix this week and is presently its top trending film. To be frank, I watched it with zero expectation but the movie pleasantly sprung a surprise and turned out to be a watchable fare.
Supposedly an unofficial biopic of Ex Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati though the film refrains from saying so, the film chronicles the meteoric rise of a Dalit commoner named Tara (Richa Chadda) who inadvertently gets in to politics and rises the ranks to become the first chief minister of the most populous state of India. How she tackles her opposition from other party as well as her own forms the crux of the just over two hours drama.
To be fair, Subhash Kapoor's story is much better than his execution and the film could've been far better if the director had avoided showing the usual caste clichès and brahmin bias. The technical aspects are also of low standard. Undoubtedly, Madam Chief Minister had solid potential on paper which hasn't fully translated on the screen.
Of the cast, Saurabh Shukla is assuredly effective. Manav Kaul doesn't get much scope but still leaves a mark. Akshay Oberoi is okey dokey in a negative role. So are the other supporting members.
The real show stealer is Richa Chadda who pitches in a fantastic performance as Tara. Madam Chief Minister is one more feather in her cap and she truly elevates the otherwise average fare to a cut above the commonplace. Kudos Lady!!
Regards, Sumeet Nadkarni.
- Mar 29, 2021