In a scene that establishes the premise, Irrfan Khan’s character kidnaps the ruling Home Minister’s seven year old son. After finding himself in captivity as the tot (let’s call him Rohit) observes that his kidnapper is locking the door of a dingy room he has been kept in. Here’s how the kid warns the kidnapper: “Don’t get close to me. I know the difference between “good” touch and “bad” touch. And I won’t allow you to sleep anywhere close to me.” After hearing these shocking words from the kid, Irrfan goes–“When I was your age even a thought as dangerous as that would not even cross my head.” ALSO READ: Why Irffan Khan is asking same questions to Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi? Also Read - Irrfan Khan's Son, Babil Set For His Acting Debut With Netflix Movie Qala - Watch The First Glimpse Here
This banter made us believe, and wrongly so, that Nishikant Kamat’s Madaari would be an engaging affair. Kamat makes sure that you realise the fact that he has made this film noble intentions. Tbh, the film has its heart at the right place. But right intentions alone can’t make for a fine creative endeavour. It is the execution as indeed the end- product that is valued far more than the willingness to create something with tremendous honesty. Had a certain Neeraj Pandey not crafted a gem of a movie that ‘A Wednesday’ was, Madaari would have scored better. Also Read - Irrfan Khan’s Son Babil Khan Tears up During Emotional Speech at Filmfare Awards, Watch Touching Video
It was quite apparent from the trailer that Madaari is quite predictable. But one does wait for an interesting twist to the tale. Mercifully, Kamat does try hard to tie the loose end. And he does manage to give a rather interesting climax but what has unfolded before he arrives to that conclusion is neither convincing nor engaging. Also Read - Babil Khan Wears Dad Irrfan Khan's Clothes to Awards, Reveals Why Mom Sutapa Sikdar Refused to Attend
We know Kamat is known for his directorial skills. He impressed us tremendously with us delicious cinematic delicacies in the form of Drishyam and Mumbai Meri Jaan. He slipped big time with Rocky Handsome but we genuinely expected him to present a story worth telling. Madaari actually showcases Irrfan in a never seen before avatar where he kidnaps the son of the Home Minister. His seemingly evil intentions provide a great foli to an intense story—a backdrop that woul reveal his real motive behind the desperate actions he has taken. Clearly his motive does not revolve around money alone. What he is seeking in fact is is justice. Kamat did not impress us a great deal with John Abrham starrer Rocky Handsome but with Madaari we thought he would bounce back for the trailer looked both intriguing and interesting!
The story, reminisces the mishap, a collapse of a Metro bridge in 2012 in the Marol suburb of Andheri in Mumbai. The mishap had claimed a life while injuring many others. Khan plays a vigilante in the film as he loses his own son in the mishap. He is emotionally wounded and will not stop anything unless he gets justice. How does he achieve that? Does he want the truth to come out in the open? Will that serve justice to the only son he lost in that mishap? Will the state and the corrupt machinery it runs be held accountable? To get answer to those questions you will have to watch the movie!
As for the performances, Irrfan brings his best game to the table. Watch him portray helplessness and hopelessness by employing a range of emotions (He keeps the spectrum wide and shifts between the extremes with remarkable ease). Tushar Dalvi as the Home Minister has done justice to his role and Jimmy Shergil has once again proved why he becomes an inseparable part of the movies that matter!
Our rating: 3 stars