Sherni Movie Review | An offbeat Jungle Ride with Vidya Balan

Vidya Vincent is a Divisional Forest Officer who just got posted in Madhya Pradesh’s jungle. A tense situation is going on in nearby villages due to terror of man eating tigress T12 in this jungle. Elections time is going on and GK Singh and PK Singh’s parties are taking benefit of tense situation for their election gains. There is immense pressure on Vidya to find the solution for tigress T12 and get it settled. One of the political party has hired private shooter Pintu bhaiya to hunt down T12.

Vidya, Hasaan Noorani and other forest guards wants to move tigress T12 away from villages and to nearby national park while political parties wants to hunt down T12 to gain support of voters. Pintu bhaiya wants to hunt down tigress to maintain his heritage pride.

Now in all these difficult situation, you have to see what happens to Sherni T12 and forest officer Vidya Vincent?

Sherni movie is directed by Amit Masurkar who has also directed Newton movie before this. Forest officer Vidya Vincent’s role is performed by Vidya Balan. Mukul Chadda is Vidya’s husband Pawan. Vijay Raaz performing role of zoology professor Hassan Noorani. Neeraj Kabi is an additional principal chief conservator forest (APCCF) Akhil Nangia. Sharat Saxena is Ranjan Rajhans aka shooter Pintu bhaiya. Brijendra Kala is performing role of Vidya’s boss Bansal. Ila Arun is Vidya’s mother in law. Ashwini Ladekar is performing role of female forest guard in Sherni movie. She is a software engineer and belongs to Sausar, Madhya Pradesh. Sampa Mandal is performing role of a villager in Sherni. Satyakam Anand is performing role of one of the politician PK Singh in movie Sherni.

Sherni movie is streaming on Amazon Prime Video in India. Vidya Balan’s last movie Shakuntala Devi was also released on Prime video only.

Sherni is not a regular Bollywood mainstream masala movie instead it is an interesting movie on offbeat topic. Characters are casted well and acting is good for all the actors. It easily depicts the day to day life and challenges of forest officers and guards. Rotten system and politics associated with forest and nearby villages. Sherni movie beautifully captures Madhya Pradesh’s jungle.

Second half of Sherni movie is little stretched. Many of the scenes looks like just filler and breaks the rhythm of movie. For e.g. showing Pintu bhaiya sleeping, brushing teeth, surprise visit of Vidya’s family in jungle are all unrequired content and could have been edited out.

Overall Sherni is realistic kind of movie which puts a question mark in your mind for current situation in forest. One of the interesting dialog from Sherni movie is “You could go to the forest 100 times and perhaps spot a tiger once, but be rest assured that the tiger has spotted you 99 times” and this clearly reflects who is infiltrating in whose region.

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