MADAARI Movie Review : Irrfan Shines Amidst Average Movie

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The last venture(Rocky Handsome) by director Nishikant Kamat did not fare well with us, and hence, we were skeptical about the outcome of Madaari. But as a relief, this movie featuring Irrfan is a good watch. What makes it watchable? Well, read the full Madaari Movie Review below.

About Madaari

Madaari is a thriller drama movie directed by Nishikant Kamat. It is written by Ritesh Shah and Shailja Kejriwal. It features Irrfan Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Vishesh Bansal, Tushar Dalvi and Nitesh Pandey. The movie is produced by Shailesh Singh, Madan Paliwal, Sutapa Sikdar & Shailja Kejriwal.


Nirmal Kumar(Irrfan) is a common man who works as a technician. He is a single parent to his son Apurv as his wife lives abroad with her new family. His loses his son due to negligence and irresponsibility of officials. As a payback, he kidnaps Home Minister’s son, Rohan(Vishesh). And as an unidentified person, he puts a condition to release him. That he will do that only if the government and officials find out who was responsible for him losing his son. Meanwhile, the home minister(Tushar) deploys his trusted investigators led by Nachiket Verma(Jimmy) who are trying their hard amidst media pressure, opposition pressure and the anonymity of the kidnapper.

Watch the trailer of the movie here.

Story, Screenplay, and Dialogues

It was a tricky topic to make a movie on as it had great potential to make an awesome movie. But at the same time, it also had a risk of being repetitive and predictable. The movie had traces of both. The basic story was more or less predictable and there was not much suspense till the final half hour of the movie. That final half hour also turns preachy by the way, which kills the suspense quickly. The screenplay is impressive and immersive. It keeps the audience bound to their seats till the end. The buildups to significant events were worth the efforts.

The character development of the protagonist was commendable. However, rest of the characters do not tend to have any impact whatsoever. The politicians, as the characters, were handled very loosely. Even the character of a young boy with influential father did not connect that well. The only thing that was worth taking away as a positive, apart from Irrfan’s acting, was the chemistry between Nirmal and Apoorv. I admit, I cried.

The dialogues by Ritesh Shah are good. But confusing at times. And by times, we mean the last hour or so. We get the point that it is supposed to be a significant dialogue, with layers. But we could not peel off that layer to know the significance. Happened more than once. Regardless, the writing was a positive for the movie.


Irrfan is stellar once again. He portrays the pain of a father who lost his son, with complete sincerity and believability. Such, that the audience can feel his grief. We cry with him. But unfortunately, apart from him, no other performance is watchable. The kid who plays Apoorv, the son of Irrfan’s character, looks good but has far low screen time to qualify as a performance. Vishesh tries his best, and looks cute at points, but this kid does not leave a lasting impact.


There are two songs in this movie. ‘Dama Dam‘ is a raunchy, and pacy song which suits the uprising mood of the movie’s events perfectly. Another song, ‘Masoom Sa‘ does that, and does that better.  When I said I cried, I cried in this song. TWICE. The vocals by Sukhwinder made this song composed by Sunny Bawra and Inder Bawra, even beautiful. Also equally credible were the visuals of the song.

Not to forget, the background music of the movie, by Sameer Phaterpekar sets up the movie perfectly. Especially the Damru theme that occasionally plays while Nirmal plans and executes the kidnap. Great sound that was.


Nishikant Kamat disappointed with an earlier release this year, but with this one, he seems to have executed well. However, it wasn’t the perfect direction. There were flaws, and some of them repeated from the previous movie. Like the underuse/imperfect use of the child talents, less focus on supporting characters, etc. Nishikant did manage to create some beautiful moments. But he could not keep it throughout. Reagardless, the movie did keep us tangled to our seats. And that is a positive for the direction.


Madaari is an imperfect but well-written socio-thriller drama. That sounds preachy at times, but is entertaining for most of the part. The narrative binds the audience and major credit for that goes to Irrfan Khan‘s brilliant performance. I won’t insist that you watch this movie. But it is a good watch. Atleast a good one time watch. Watch it for amazing performance and the equation between Irrfan and kids.

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Niket is a Professional Copywriter, A Beginner Filmmaker, A Hobbyist Writer, Lyricist, Poet, a Passionate Movie Lover, A Podcaster and A Struggling Entrepreneur. He Creates Content Regularly for 98.3 Mirchi Bhopal, Swudzy, Kalaeco, Hustlepuff and his own Website.
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