PLOT: A jaded forest officer Vidya leads a team of trackers and locals intending to capture an unsettled tigress while battling intense obstacles and pressures, both natural and man-made.
Sherni is a drama thriller film directed by Amit V. Masurkar and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vikram Malhotra & Amit Masurkar. The film had a direct-to-OTT released on Amazon Prime Video on 18th June 2021. The title of the film is a misnomer, as in the Hindi language Sherni refers to a lioness, while the word for tigress is Baghin.
Vidya Balan as Vidya Vincent, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO)
Vijay Raaz as Hassan Noorani
Neeraj Kabi as Nangia
Sharat Saxena as Ranjan Rajhans/ Pintu Bhaiya
Brijendra Kala as Bansilal Bansal
Mukul Chaddha as Pawan Shrivastava
Ila Arun as Pawan’s mother
Suma Mukundan as Vidya’s mother
Amar Singh Parihar as MLA G K Singh
Satyakam Anand as P K Singh
Anoop Trivedi as Pyare Lal
Gopal Dutt as Saiprasad
Nidhi Diwan as Reshma, Hassan’s wife
Sampa Mandal as Jyoti
MOVIE REVIEW: Sherni deserves your attention because of its unconventional story, impressive performances, and captivating cinematography. Director Amit Masurkar is known for his work in Sulemani Keeda (2013) and Newton (2017), once again he delivered a simple yet intriguing film. He directs the film like a documentary and picked up a concept that is totally untouched in Bollywood.
Vidya Balan never disappoints the viewers and she has delivered an excellent performance. Sampa Mandal as Panchayat Samiti member Jyoti played a small but effective role. Vijay Raaz, Brijendra Kala, and Sharat Saxena played their part very well. Other supporting casts were decent.
Aastha Tiku’s story is interesting. Amit Masurkar and Yashasvi Mishra’s dialogues are sharp. Cinematographer Rakesh Haridas does a fine job, he captured the stunning views of forests admirably.
Dipika Kalra’s editing is unsatisfactory, the run time is 130 minutes and the second half seems a bit stretched. The film should have been cut to under two hours. There are few scenes in the film that are added to test the patience of the viewers. Also, the climax is disappointing for those who were expecting a thrilling finale.
Sherni Movie Rating:
Overall Hit ya Flop Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars (Good)