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Sherni movie review: Vidya Balan roars in breathtaking jungle saga

Vidya Balan starrer Sherni will give you an epic ride in the deep-rooted reality of jungle, relationship between humans, animals, and much more.

Sherni movie review: Vidya Balan roars in breathtaking jungle saga-SYT
Mumbai, First Published Jun 18, 2021, 11:38 AM IST
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Mumbai: The film opens with a wide shot of the forest, giving a virtual feeling of a cold breeze hitting your face as the film proceeds. Sherni, starring Vidya Balan, who aces the role of a forest officer, is an epic jungle saga that establishes a relationship with the man and wild, their dependency on forests, the ground reality of political influence and more.

Directed by Amit Masurkar, the film tackles a complex issue with utmost ease, with a subtle humour tinge that makes the movie engaging.

Many Bollywood directors have tried to make films that unearth the complex relationships of man vs wild, but rarely a film like Sherni is made that will keep you glued to the seats. Masurkar has amazed his fans with epic directorial such as Sulemani Keeda and Newton, and he managed not to miss the mark yet again.

Vidya Balan, who plays the role of Vidya Vicent, a strict DFO who has a clueless boss Bansal (Brijendra Kala) who wants the man-eater killed with the help of a local hunter, Pintu Bhaiyaa (Sharat Saxena). Then comes the local politicians who wish to get a grip on this trivia to get benefits during the election.

Vidya Vincent (Vidya Balan) can be seen sailing the tough ship amid the nuances of politicians, villagers, and the forest department towards an unattainable direction.

Sherni is a complex tale, the government wants to save tigers, the villagers want to save jungle for daily resources, and the tigers needs a habitat where they can roam freely.

Amid this, the local politicians want to use tigers as a sure shot trophy and a guarantee to villager's protection ahead of elections.

The functioning of the forest department, the villagers' lives, the local dialect and Vidya Balan's simple look in the movie will give you a taste of the ground reality.

Vidya Balan was extraordinary in her craft. She gracefully tackles the sexist remarks of being called the 'lady officer' and keeps her tone in control while addressing the issues of villagers, keeping it fresh yet straightforward.

The supporting characters in the film makes it an engaging watch-Brijendra Kala, Sharat Saxena, Vijay Raaz, Neera Kabi are exceptional in their craft and will keep you hooked till end.

Vidya yet again proved that she can take any unconventional story and do justice to her role. But Sherni is a director's movie. Masurkar demonstrated its maturity in handling a little-known subject beautifully. Sherni deserves your 130 minutes because of the energy the film reflects, painting the reality of government and people who are directly subordinate to it.

The film also has a subtle dose of humour that will bring a smooth storytelling experience to the viewers. Sherni deserves a watch because of its top-notch direction, stellar cast, breathtaking tale, and the film's concept that has emerged as the real 'king' of this jungle saga.

Rating: 3.5/5

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