Sherni review – A watchable forest drama with good performances and realistic approach

Title: Sherni
Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Vidya Balan, Vijay Raaz, Sharat Saxena, Neeraj Kabi, Brijendra Kala
Director: Amit Masurkar
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Hindi

Story: Forest officer Vidya Vincent (Vidya Balan) and her team are preparing to spot and capture the tigers which are causing unrest among the neighbouring farming villages. Did they manage to successfully complete their task and what challenges or obstacles they faced forms the rest of the story.

Performances: Vidya Balan underplayed well and delivered a commanding yet controlled performance. Vijay Raaz, Sharat Saxena, Neeraj Kabi, Brijendra Kala, Amar Singh Parihar and Satyakam Anand have been chosen for the right roles and all of their performances are a major booster for the film.

Technicalities: Camerawork is excellent and captured the forests and villages in terrific light. The locations chosen were eye-catchy and the team needs to be appreciated for presenting the unexplored parts of the country. Music is used in a very minimal way where required. The CG work for the animals is neat.

Analysis: The title of the movie might mislead some to think that this film is all about capturing a tigress that is causing rampage. But the film is completely different from that and the tigers only appear in a few moments in the entire film. The main aim of this film is to present a detailed view on how the forest authorities and laws work and how politicians and villagers could be connected with this. A daring and commendable attempt indeed from Amit Masurkar. The characters and casting are apt but it’s the writing which could have been more engaging and sharper. The realistic drama is the main plus for the film and the film is engaging whenever there is some good drama. Rest of the film is mostly flat with nothing exciting or interesting happening. This film is never boring though and has potential to create awareness and bring light to certain unnoticed and ignored problems in our country.

On a whole: Sherni is a watchable forest/political drama with good casting, performances and visuals but not too engaging or exciting ultimately.

Rating: 2.75/5


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