Movie Name: Sherni
Directed by: Amit Masurkar
Starring: Vidya Balan, Sharat Saxena, Mukul Chaddha, Vijay Raaz, Ila Arun, Brijendra Kala, Neeraj Kabi
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: 18 June, 2021
Running Time: 130 Minutes
OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
An upright Forest Officer who strives for balance in a world of man-animal conflict while she also seeks her true calling in a hostile environment.
Based on a true incident which happened on 02nd November 2018 which took place in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.The controversial killing of Tigeress Avni also known as T1 who was believed to have killed 13 people.
Sherni Movie Trailer:
The trailer for Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming film Sherni is out and fans are already hoping for big things for it. Starring Vidya Balan in the lead role, the film is about how a village is plagued by a tiger problem.
Vidya plays a forest officer, brought in to rid the villagers of their big cat. However, neither the villagers, nor the men around her think she is any good. They doubt her every step of the way, while pretending to be know-it-all themselves.
Sharad Saxena plays a master shooter who claims he can ‘look into the eyes of a tiger’ and figure out if it’s a man-eater or just a benign animal. There’s also the overbearing senior payed by Neeraj Kabi, who is brought in as extra reinforcement. Amid all this, while the villagers are growing restless and the officials are still uncaring, Vidya’s character discovers that more sinister plans may be afoot. Watch the trailer here:
Fans are showering the trailer with love. “After watching this trailer,Yes India can win Oscars,” wrote one. “We can perfectly believe in vidya mam and her acting skill.. She is not gonna disappoint us.. Waiting for the movie best of luck mamm,” wrote another. “Amazing. This is going to be a mindblowing movie. Will certainly watch it,” read another comment.
Sherni is director Amit Masurkar’s follow-up to critically acclaimed Newton. He shared, ” SHERNI is an intricately-layered story, exploring the complex issues of conflict between humankind and animals. Vidya Balan plays a mid-level forest officer who despite obstacles and pressures, works with her team and local allies to preserve a balance in the environment. Working with her, the amazing ensemble cast and the uber-talented crew has been an incredible experience for me. I hope that releasing Sherni on Amazon Prime Video will help this story reach a wide and diverse audience both in India and across the world.”
Vidya said, “Ever since I first heard the story of Sherni, I found the world fascinating and so far removed from my own. Also the character I play, Vidya is a woman of few words but many dimensions. The film deals with a sensitive topic that touches upon respect, mutual understanding, and co-existence, not just between man-animal, but between humans as well. It gives me immense joy to bring this unique character and story to the global audience through Amazon Prime Video and hope to engage them in unexpected ways.”
This man-animal conflict pans out in the heart of India — Madhya Pradesh. Vidya Vincent, played by Vidya Balan, is the new DFO (divisional forest officer), who joins field duty with water holes running dry and a lioness on the prowl, but her efforts to set things right are opposed by corrupt officials. This tale of conflict between forest friends and the hunters plays out in the backdrop of an election campaign.
The director Amit Masurkar (with Newton to his credit) beautifully builds the life of forest officials – the responsibility they carry on their shoulders, innocent fun they have with families and their passion for the job. The plot takes forward the tussle between Vidya and Pintu bhaiya (Sharat Saxena) — the hunter. She wants to save the sherni T12, who has allegedly tuned a man-eater, but Pintu bhaiya, a ruthless hunter, is the fourth generation who would bend all the rules to advance his kill tally. If Vidya plays the no-nonsense, capable and credible forest officer, a hard taskmaster, she is also a tough wife. She’s ably supported by Hassan Noorani (Vijay Raaz) in her mission.
While T12 is the sherni around whom the story revolves, she is not the only one. Vidya Vincent, an honest officer, is another sherni working towards the good of all, and so is Pinky, a progressive tribal woman who is a part of the village committee. Then there are as many women matching steps with men, protecting the forests and animals by putting in days and nights of dedicated work. Till these shernis are around, no amount of policy failure will deter them.
Rather than just one conflict, the film that’s streaming on Amazon Prime, gives a peep into larger issues — mining and other development works that are depleting the natural zones of the tigers; policy failure, sensational media and corruption. However, at its heart, the film remains a story of a woman charting her own path through all the challenges.
Kudos to Balan for taking up subjects that matter. If you expect a lot of wildlife in this one, let us be clear — it’s a human drama. But the wildlife lovers may relive their national park adventures in glimpses — the dense tranquil jungle, gently flowing streams, deer in sight and the tigress! It’s no-nonsense, no-frill portrayal of the natural world. The music aids this drama — at some places jungle sounds are captured beautifully. It’s not just a story but an important one — if there is tiger, there is jungle; if there is jungle, there is rain; if there is rain, there are humans… Simple yet significant lines spoken by a village boy!