Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama.
Director: Nishikant Kamat.
Writers: Shailja Kejriwal, Ritesh Shah.
Cast: Irfan Khan, Jimmy Shergill, Tushar Dalvi, Vishesh Bansal.
Madaari, starring Irrfan Khan deserves the highest of praise. This film, which highlights the evils of corruption in the Indian democratic system, tells the story of a common man’s fight to avenge his son’s untimely death caused by sheer negligence and corruption of government officials. Nirmal (Irrfan Khan), who is a single father who is shattered after his son’s death and is at the verge of ending his own life, kidnaps the country’s home minister’s son. The trials and tribulations of a heart-broken fathers brings us to tears.
Though the trailers shows Nirmal in a negative light, as the movie progresses it will make us agree to his intentions. He does not kidnap the minister’s only son, Rohan (Bhansal) for ransom or to hurt him but in the quest for justice. The quest is real and he demands his answers. The flashbacks of his past pierced my heart. The protagonist sheds his long held tears and at the same time pulls himself together to focus on his motive.
Jimmy Shergill plays as a handpicked CBI detective and is in search of the kidnapper on the Home Minister’s directive.
The movie did make me smile and bring out some giggles on some of the duo’s (Nirmal and Rohan) conversation. That gives the audience a comic relief. Being a father and a kidnapper, it makes us feel what Nirmal must have been going through. Some great shots are managed by the cameraman. The track Massom Sa, sung by Sukhwinder Singh, composed by Sunny Inder-Bawra, adds a sense of melancholy to Nirmal’s emotions.
The film draws its inspiration from a real-life incident that took place at an under-construction overhead Metro bridge on the Andheri-Kurla Road in suburban Marol, Mumbai, resulting in the loss of lives and injuring several others.
It does not have a lead heroine like any other bollywood movies. Irrfan Khan delivers powerful dialogues that will make us all stand for him. There is humour, pain, anger, curiosity, sarcasm etc involved in the movie. The protagonist brings out the reality of those who feed on corruption to fatten their pockets but neglects the very duty that they are meant to carry out . Not only the lead character stands out in the film, the child artist Vishesh Bhansal, also makes a strong impression of his skills. We will rate this tear shedding movie for the splendid skills three and a half hashtags.