He gave us one of India's most celebrated stars, Vidya Balan with his debut film 'Parineeta' that got him accolades. But luck was not on ad-filmmaker turned director Pradeep Sarkar's side as his following two films 'Laga Chunri Mein Daag' and 'Lafangey Parinde' could not hit the right chord with the audience.
However, Sarkar strikes back with MARDAANI, a film that has created much buzz for getting the powerhouse Rani Mukerji to the silver screen after a hiatus of two years and wedding to YRF scion Aditya Chopra.
So does the film fare par expectations? It certainly does!
Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) is a tough cop whose fight is against human trafficking and illegal sex trade in the city. She creates shivers with her mindboggling performance, mouths dialouges confidently and carries just the right attitude. There could be no one better than Rani who could play this role to perfection.
Tahir Raj Bhasin plays the antagonist and is a perfect cast. He runs the trafficking racket in a suprisingly organised manner and totally deserves a thumbs up.
Jisshu Sengupta who plays Rani's husband in the film is noticable as well. Rest of the supporting cast contributes aptly.
Pradeep Sarkar's direction is top-notch and the cinematography perfectly compliments it.
The dialogues are as real as they can get. Added advantage is that you get to learn a bit of law too.
Shantanu Moitra's music that counts for just one song in the film is good, but it is Karthik Raja's background score that gives the required momentum.
Rani Mukerji fans are sure in for a treat and MARDAANI comes as a fresh air for being a woman oriented film in this male dominating industry.
Though the screenplay gets a bit predictable, it is the unimaginable storyline that makes MARDAANI a film that should not be missed.