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Ram Gopal Varma was in a phase of producing gangster and underworld based films a decade ago and that’s when ‘Shabri’ popped up. It’s been five years now that the film was complete but released just this week. It shows how a poverty ridden woman, the only bread earner of her family turns up to be the first woman gangster of India.

 

Shabri (Eesha Koppikar) lives with a hapless mother, unemployed brother and alcoholic father. She strives hard to survive in this male dominated world. One day, she finds out that her brother has been unjustly killed in police custody. Shabri swears to take revenge and kills a cop. She is then on the run and is helped by Murad (Raj Arjun). Rajdhar Bhau (Pradeep Rawat), the underworld kingpin is against Murad helping Shabri and so kills him. Yet, again all Shabri wants is revenge. She now wants to kill Rajdhar Bhau. The rest of the story is how she rose as a powerful gangster.

 

The movie is entirely a one man show. The multi-talented Lalit Marathe has directed it, written the script, screenplay and the dialogues and is sure a master at his craft. RGV’s method of filmmaking is quite evident. Some sequences are predictable as in other RGV’s underworld-inspired flicks. The film is nothing new that could have happen to Indian cinema. But yes, if not fresh, the film is not lacklustre too. It's engrossing and keeps your eyes glued. The background score and camera work is decent.

 

Eesha Koppikar has done a wonderful job and there are chances that lady might now be able to revive her Bollywood career. This film releasing late will somehow be a boon for her and have her recognized as a powerful performer. Rest of the cast including Manish Wadhawan and Raj Arjun are decent. Pradeep Rawat shines as the don and is imposing. Urmila Matondkar’s cameo is captivating too.

 

Zakir Hussain’s chacterization is confusing and makes us think that he had nothing to do in the film as a cop. Otherwise, the film belongs totally to Marathe who lifts it up with his powerful storytelling.

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