Madaari 2016 Movie Review

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Madaari 2016 Movie Review

Until its last fifteen minutes, Nishikant Kamat’s Madaari appeared slow, stretched (atleast by 20 minutes) and quite purposeless to me. After all, we have seen countless vigilante dramas such as this in past. Amitabh Bachchan gunned down an entire corrupt parliament in ‘Inquilaab’ (1984). Aamir Khan and his college gang assassinated a villainous politician in ‘Rang De Basanti’ (2006) and Naseeruddin Shah brought the system to its knees in ‘A Wednesday’ (2008). So what’s different and new in a common man (Irrfan) seeking justice for his son who fell victim to corruption – a metro pool collapse mirroring a 2012 real life incident in Andheri, Mumbai? [ Read: Kabali ( 2016 ) Movie Review]

Madaari 2016 Movie Review

Two things :

One – Irrfan’s splendid performance as the common man; an ideal voter as he claims, who invariably, bears the brunt of all the wrong doings of the system rotten to the core. He kidnaps the Home Minister’s kiddo (Vishesh Bansal, endearing) and demands investigation of his own son’s loss instead of a ransom. A competent officer (Jimmy Sheirgill, earnest) is assigned the job to nab him. Nailing a common man from crowd of 1.2 billion Indians ain’t an easy task and the film trudges along non linearly to expose the deep rooted corruption plaguing our country. [ Read: Great Grand Masti [2016] Review

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Two and more importantly – The final revelation (and I ain’t playing spoiler here) where a prominent politician declares “Sarkaar corrupt nahi hai, corruption ke liye hi Sarkaar hai”. In those penultimate moments, Kamat effectively exposes the political muck which is far more grave than we thought….. [ Read: Sulakshna Pandit: A Bitter Sweet Melody]

And yes, it warrants a watch, just for that!

MADAARI Official Trailer 2016 | Irrfan Khan, Jimmy Shergill | T-Series

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Sumeet Nadkarni
I am a Chartered Accountant by Profession and a self styled film critic by passion.