The film features Rani Mukerji in the lead role, with Jisshu
Sengupta and Tahir Bhasin appearing in supporting roles. The plot
of the movie is as follows: Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) is a
senior inspector of the criminal branch in Mumbai. She lives with
her husband, Dr. Bikram Roy (Jisshu Sengupta), and her little
niece, Meera, of whom she is very protective.
A teenage girl, Pyari, who is like a daughter to her, is
kidnapped by the trafficking mafia and smuggled out of the city.
The mafia kingpin, Walt, calls Shivani and wants to know what she
wants, so she will stop chasing them. Shivani asks Walt (Tahir
Bhasin) to let Pyari free, but he won't let her free, because Pyari
has seen too much. Shivani doesn't know the name of mafia kingpin
and she says that she is going to catch him in 30 days. This cat
and mouse game between a young, ruthless mafia kingpin and the
police is what keeps you glued to your seats in the
While the movie has managed to beat Kangana Ranaut's
opening weekend collection of Rs 10 crores and has raked in Rs
14.46 crores over the weekend, it is still really less compared to
other films like Entertainment , Kick or even
Singham Returns that managed to collect more than this on
the very first day.
There are a number of reasons why Mardaani failed to
pull in the crowd and here are our top ten reasons why this
brilliant movie is being missed by our movie-goers.
Mardaani Another Aiyya?
People feared that Mardaani would be another film like Aiyya and
that this is just another attempt of Rani to make a comeback in the
industry. So people could not gauge that Mardaani is actually a
Rani And Action?
People also failed to visualize Rani in an action role. Her
image and looks din't seem like she could carry of such a role but
to our surprise the actress has done full justice to the cop
Most of the movies in Bollywood with heroines playing the female
cop have not fared well, the reason for this is unknown but movies
like Gunday and Gunaah where Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu
played cop respectively too din't do well at Box Office.
No Star Presence
As much as we hate to say this, movie goers do prefer stars in
the movie. They are the people who draw the crowd into the theaters
and it has been quite sometime Rani was regarded as a
With each generation a new set of heroines rule the screen and
this generation belongs to Deepika and Katrina etc so when actress
like Rani or Kajol act in a movie they are not ready to see them in
a solo hero kind of role. Unless it was English Vingish which
Sridevi carried off pretty well.
When people watch movies they need entertainment and from
Mardaani's trailer it seemed like a dark themed movie and so people
may not have been ready to watch a serious film in theater unless
it was really that good. Now that Mardaani has proved it is a
brilliant movie, may be people will rush to theaters.
No Unique Promotions
Promotions play a huge part in movies, Kick, Happy New Year and
even Bobby Jasoos incorporated new promotional strategies but Rani
din't do anything different and was seen promoting her only in
television channels. Now after the release of the movie they are
trying to promote, which may not matter anymore now.
While people don't mind watching a women oriented film, a lot of
bad films in the past have created a notion in the public's mind
that they won't be good. Very rarely do films like Queen and
Mardaani come which win our hearts over.
No matter how much one argues, people may still not be open
enough to see a married heroine on-screen. Even a star like Kareena
Kapoor's projects have drastically reduced. So this could also be a
Wherever we saw, more than Rani's Mardaani, her marriage and
pregnancy rumours were given importance. Media highlighted her
pregnancy rumours and marriage so much that Mardaani was somewhere