CAST & CREW
Everyone is aware of the fact that the Underworld marks its influence over Bollywood from films like ‘ Don’ (1978) to Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007). Indian movie-makers still continue to embed underworld crime as the main theme, or in bits and pieces, in their movies. Shabri is a story of a similar kind, but with a twist of portraying a female character as a power in the underworld.
Shabri ( Isha Koppikar) is the sole earner of her family working in a flour-mill. Her life is confined to the streets of her slum and the flour-mill. Her brother is a careless person who is not serious about his studies and hangs out with his friend, Murad ( Raj Arjun), who has links with the underworld. Shabri’s problems increase when her brother is arrested and beaten up by a cop. The situation worsens when her brother dies while trying to escape from jail. This incident breaks Shabri’s wall of grief, and she decides to take revenge. In her effort to protest against the cop, she accidentally kills him. Now, the police are after her. Here, Murad comes to her rescue and introduces her to his underworld head called Rajdhar Baby ( Pradeep Rawat). In a sequence of events, Rajdhar kills Murad. Now, Shabri is left all alone only to take revenge from Rajdhar. This situation leads to a complete transformation of her character, from a mill worker to a dominant power in the underworld, and establishes her as a female protagonist.
Lalit Marathe has done quite well as a debutant director, but obviously, he fails to touch the mark of his Guru- Ram Gopal Verma. RGV’s films are generally based on similar themes, and he gets a hold of the audience, which Marathe fails to get. Though it is not a world-class performance, Isha Koppikar has managed to give her career’s best in the film. Other characters have done a satisfactory work to keep the film moving.
If Isha’s whole career is put together, her best performance is as Shabri. There are not many films in Bollywood, which highlight a female protagonist. So, Isha with Shabri surely sets an example somewhere.
As the genre of the film claims, obviously, there is crime, drama and action, with a glimpse into the underworld. It is a nice piece of work for the serious audience who like to analyze and compare.
WHAT’S NOT THERE?
If you are looking for some super performances, the film will disappoint you. The script fails to establish a focus. The story just keeps on moving monotonously and ends abruptly.
Those who are trying to understand serious cinema can give a shot to this film.
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