Setting a new benchmark in the emerging female-centric genre in Indian filmmaking on a world cinema platform, Rani Mukherjee champions her most challenging role to date in Yash Raj Films’ raw, gritty and topical thriller, Mardaani, releasing in cinemas worldwide on 22nd August 2014.
Produced by Aditya Chopra, Mardaani is a raw, gritty and edge of the seat thriller that marks a distinct departure from lauded director Pradeep Sarkar’s signature style of filmmaking. Sure to receive unanimous plaudit from critics and audiences alike, Mardaani presents Indian cinema on a truly international level, with the widespread, social malaise of child trafficking at the heart of its narrative. Helming the film is a powerhouse performance by one of Indian cinema’s most accomplished actors as a fearless and incorruptible cop. Joining Rani Mukherjee onscreen is a seasoned supporting cast including Jishu Sengupta and Tahir Raj Bhasin.Adding a further dimension to the film’s dark mise en scene is a haunting soundtrack by Shantanu Moitra.
India is the world’s hub for child sex trafficking…
Nearly 40,000 children are abducted every year…
Every 8 minutes a girl child goes missing in India!
Meet Shivani Shivaji Roy, Senior Inspector, Crime Branch, Mumbai Police, who sets out to confront the mastermind behind a child trafficking mafia, which makes the mistake of kidnapping and smuggling a teenage girl, Pyari, out of the city.
Pyari is like a daughter to Shivani and her family and in her obsessive hunt for the girl, she stumbles into the world of decadence and debauchery, cruel desires and exploitation and onto a case that will change her life forever.
What follows is a cat and mouse game between a fearless cop and a young and ruthless mafia kingpin in a war which is very personal.
Catch Rani Mukerji in the lead, playing an edge of the seat role of a lifetime, in this raw and gritty film which is a distinct departure from Pradeep Sarkar’s style of filmmaking.
Heroine vs. Villain
SHIVANI SHIVAJI ROY (RANI MUKERJI) – Senior Inspector, Crime Branch
Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) is an astute cop working in Mumbai’s Crime Branch unit. She lives with her husband
Dr. Bikram Roy and her niece Meera, both of whom she is very protective of. She is extremely attached and caring
towards her family and excels at her work.
Though deft at picking up hidden clues and fearless in confronting hardened criminals, Shivani is also a compassionate human being. But when provoked, Shivani embarks on a personal war against the child trafficking mafia, which abducts and traffics a teenage girl Pyari, who is just like her daughter.
A lethal combination of calm perseverance and simmering anger are what drive her against a ruthless mafia kingpin… Walt.
WALT (TAHIR RAJ BHASIN)
He could be your neighbour’s son… the regular guy next door, only 25, a smart and intelligent office goer.
Does he sound like someone you know? He could or can be any young guy around you…
But Walt (Tahir Raj Bhasin) is one of the most forbidding and merciless ace criminal mind in the cruel and malicious business of child trafficking and drugs. He sees nothing untoward in his heinous business – it’s just another recreational entertainment that he offers his clients.
Though he sounds like the twelfth man of the under-19 cricket team, he is the ruthless mafia kingpin, just having some fun!
First some short sneak peek videos
Scenes from the movie…