What's New: Beneath the socio-political story-telling lies a heart-breaking tale of a father-son relationship.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: 'Baaz chuzhe pe zapta, utha le gaya! Kahaani sachchi lagti hai lekin acchi nahin lagti! Baaz pe palatwaar hua! Kahaani sachchi nahi lagti lekin khuda kasam bahut acchi lagti hai.' This line totally sums what 'Madaari' is all about!
Nirmal Kumar (Irrfan Khan) is a single parent whose world comes crashing down when his seven year old son Apurva gets killed in a casualty caused by government negligence. The unfortunate incident turns him into a vigilante seeking answers for his loss by kidnapping the home minister's son Rohan. Enter no-nonsense cop Nachiket Verma (Jimmy Sheirgill) who is entrusted the task of bringing back the kid safely home. However Nirmal has some other plans in store for them. This time he is the 'Madaari' who has vowed to make the guilty dance to his tunes. Will justice be served?
Performances: When you read the name 'Irrfan Khan' in the acting credits at the start of a film, you know that a power-packed performance is awaiting you. This time too the man wins over your hearts with his stellar role. He is absolutely phenomenal playing a common man who is wronged by the system. He gets skin-deep into every emotions and makes sure that you love, laugh and cry with him. Watch out for the goose-bump inducing scene where he is mourning the death of his son in the hospital. We bet it will crush your heart!
Vishesh Bansal who plays Rohan is a small wonder. It's a marvel that a kid as young as him delivers such a indelible act while sharing screen space with an acting stalwart like Irrfan. The duo share an interesting camaraderie which makes the film click with the audience.
Jimmy Sheirgill's cop act might remind you of Neeraj Pandey's 'A Wednesday' but nevertheless the actor still gives an honest performance and adds value to the film.
The rest of the cast comprising of Tushar Dalvi, Nitesh Pandey and others have put up a good show.
Direction: After the lacklustre action thriller 'Rocky Handsome' Nishikant Kamat is back in his 'zone' of bringing alive the issue and grievances of a common man on the big screen. Once again he has dived into the world of 'Dombivali Fast' and 'Mumbai Meri Jaan' to give us a raw, hard-hitting cinematic piece. Yes, it has touches of filminess for the entertainment quotient but mind you, the film makes a very important point which is quite relevant in today's times.
On the flip side, the film has a predictable narrative which we have seen in a couple of films dealing with a similar topic in the last few years. But what steals away the show here is Nishikant Kamat's different treatment to the subject and the razor sharp dialogues dripping with emotions and sarcasm.
Avinash Arun's lens capture the diametrically opposite worlds realistically giving Kamat's characters an effective landscape to carry out their play.
The music and the background score too beautiful blends with the film.
Combo-on-offer: Emotions+ Drama+ Social Message
Verdict: We give Madaari 'THUNDEROUS CLAPS' for giving us hope that maybe there will come one day when they will be no more 'Desh So Raha Hai'. 'To put it in 'Nirmal' Irrfan's words- 'Jo Kahunga Nahin Samjhogey! Paach, Dus, Pandra Saal Baad Shayad Kahe Ka Asar Hoga, Gehra.'