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Movie Review: Sherni (2021)

GenreDrama, Thriller
PlatformPrime Video
Run-Time2h 05m
CastVidya Balan, Vijay Raaz, Sharat Saxena, Neeraj Kabi
DirectorAmit V. Masurkar


Sherni is a jungle drama thriller that deals with issues inside & outside the forest and asks questions between the environment and development.
The film’s story centers around a disturbed Tigress who became a human killer and an upright forest officer, where they are both trying to get hunted down by high position officers and political leaders.


The film’s storyline is written with a cop amount of thrill and drama around the jungle and special forest officers. The movie succeeds in catching viewers’ attention in an early scene without wasting any time, which is quite important.

The overall pace is engaging, and layers of the movie open up the issues one by one, like the goverment office’s rotten system and how officers work as a puppet of political leaders. Females face difficulties in having to work in a male-dominant work circle. And how dirty political leaders take advantage of any situations for making false beliefs and promises.


Direction from Amit V. Masurkar has been splendid; the detailing in direction and writing is excellent with this cast and storyline. Sherni is his third venture after “Sulemani Keeda,” starring Naveen Kasturia, and 2017 hit “Newton” starring Rajkumar Rao, an official Indian entry for Oscars in the Foreign language segment and won the Best feature film award in Hindi at National Film Awards.

The cinematography and screenplay are enthralling yet top-notched as almost part of the shooting is done in a live location (Jungle) in Madhya Pradesh, making the movie about a chase or hunt at times. The night sequences are shot superbly as well, with great sound effects of creatures and wild animals.


Vidya Balan delivers an unquestionable and well deserve performance as Vidya Vincent makes her OTT debut for Amazon Original so good so far. As role demands, an upright forest officer with fury and clear frustration for dirty sytem and she manage to accomplish.

The film has many superior actors like Vijay Raaz, Sharat Saxena, Niraj Kabi and Mukul Chadda. But, most satisfying to watch for me is Brijendra Kala as Bansal, head and coward officer of the forest department, as he is surely a treat to watch on so many occasions.


Sherni is a great movie as it brings out series of issues to the big screen, portrays them beautifully, and educates viewers with a brilliant cast and screenplay. Unfortunately, this year for bollywood and its movies is not as best as regional cinema took charge, but still, we have an intriguing watch to join the list with Ajeeb Daastaans and Sandeep aur Pinky Farrar.

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