Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)

Star Cast: Irrfan Khan, Jimmy Shergill

Director: Nishikant Kamat

Madaari Poster
Madaari Poster

What’s Good: Irrfan Khan and Jimmy Shergill once again prove that they are dependable actors. Whatever may be the script, they excel in their performances.

What’s Bad: A confused script that hangs between a thriller and an emotional drama bores you out much sooner than you think.

Loo Break: Yes!

Watch or Not?: Madaari has nothing new to offer. It is passable for a theatre watch.

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Nirmal Kumar (Irrfan) a commoner, takes on the system by kidnapping the Home Minister’s son. He does so to make the government accountable for their corrupt acts after losing his son in a bridge-collapse mishap.

Thus what begins is a cat and mouse chase between him and Nachiket Verma (Jimmy Shergil) who is hired by the Home Minister for the case.

Will Verma be able to track down Nirmal and save the kid’s life is what forms as the rest of the plot.

 Irrfan Khan in a still from Madaari
Irrfan Khan in a still from Madaari

Madaari Review: Script Analysis

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.

The script of Madaari is highly confused and hence has its moments of ups and downs. If only, the writers had killed all the melodrama, the film could have made for a better watch.

While only a few dialogues struck a chord, most of the time, it is the same old banter of a commoner’s frustration over corruption in the system.

Also at many points, the story seems extremely far fetched. The kidnapper and the kid’s relation seemed fine until there was a mention of Stockholm syndrome which was completely unnecessary.

There are no edge of the seat thrills. A few quirky dialogues leave you with a chuckle or two.

There is a lot that could have been enthused in this plot considering there were some great actors on board for it.

Madaari Review: Star Performance

Irrfan Khan does a great job as the frustrated and broken kidnapper. He excels in the emotional scenes, especially the one where he loses his son.

Jimmy Shergill as the cop working on the case is extremely impressive. His mature act as the intelligent and to the point cop is superb.

Vishesh Bansal is the kid who has been kidnapped. His transformation from ‘Tum jante nai mere dad kaun hai’ to becoming a kid who understands his kidnapper’s pain is quite good.

Tushar Dalvi and Uday Tikekar form as a decent supporting cast for the film.

Madaari Review: Direction, Music

Nishikant Kamat has given us brilliant films such as Mumbai Meri Jaan and Dombivali Fast, both of which have shown us a different side of citizens. Sadly, Madaari comes close to none of them.

The film’s uninspiring script is already a problem and the execution of it is another. Using stock images of happening across India, the director tries to make a hard hitting impact on the viewer but completely fails at it.

The soundtrack of the film is actually quite good but the heightened melodrama that it comes with, it loses the true flavor.

Editing is shoddy in many places and quite stark in the second half, which drags for long.

Also someone please tell filmmakers to be careful of what they show. In the last scene, we see Irrfan’s character throwing away his bereaved son’s school bag, shoes and water bottle in to the beach. I mean come on! After cursing the government ways all through the film, you fail to embrace one small good initiative of ‘Swach Bharat’?

Madaari Review: The Last Word

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.

Madaari Trailer

Madaari releases on 22nd July, 2016.

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