Mardaani (transl. Masculine) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film stars Rani Mukerji, with Jisshu Sengupta, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Saanand Verma in supporting roles. The narrative revolves around Shivani Shivaji Roy, a policewoman whose interest in the case of a kidnapped teenage girls leads her to uncover secrets of human trafficking by the Indian mafia.
Released theatrically on 22 August 2014, the film received positive reviews, with praise for Mukerji’s performance, and emerged a commercial success. It was followed by a sequel titled Mardaani 2 in 2019. Following the success of Mardaani 2, the production house announced in December 2019, a possible third installment in the Mardaani series, titled Mardaani 3, with Rani Mukherjee reprising the role of Shivani Shivaji Roy.
Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji), a dedicated Crime Branch Inspector of the Mumbai Police, chases a Delhi-based kingpin, a disturbing young man named Karan Rastogi (Tahir Raj Bhasin), who runs an organised crime cartel involving child trafficking and drugs. She aims to arrest him and rescue Pyaari, a teenage orphan kidnapped by Rastogi’s men. Shivani had saved Pyaari from her uncle, who wanted to sell her, and had since begun taking care of her like a daughter. Shivani takes the task personally, going beyond her job and duties to nab Karan. Karan, coming to know from Katyal that Shivani is monitoring his cartel’s activities, warns her not to get involved. Determined to catch him, Shivani tracks down his associate, who leads her to Karan’s aide, Wakeel. Karan, angered, makes sure that Pyaari is sold and sexually abused everyday. As a warning, he spreads fake news that Shivani’s husband has misused his profession as a doctor to molest and rape a female patient, and he is thrown off duty. He then chops off one of Pyaari’s fingers and sends it to Shivani’s house in a gift box.
Shivani travels to Delhi and sets up a trap involving decoy drug dealers from Nigeria, who pretend to offer expensive and rare South American cocaine to Karan and Wakeel. As they are negotiating, Shivani barges in with her team. While Karan escapes, Wakeel, realising that he’ll be arrested, which means they’ll also capture Karan, tries to erase evidence by destroying his mobile phone’s SIM card, then commits suicide.
Shivani’s continued investigation leads her to Karan’s house, where Karan’s mother sedates her. She is abducted and brought to Karan’s party. There, she meets Pyaari, where she and the other girls are forced to work as prostitutes. Shivani single-handedly confronts the situation, forcing Karan into a small room and rescuing the girls. She challenges Karan to fight her when he teases her for being a woman and beats him. Feeling that he might escape the law, given the corrupt police and judicial system, she hands Karan over to the girls, who beat him to death. His other gang members are arrested and prosecuted.
Rani Mukerji as Inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy
Tahir Raj Bhasin as Walt aka Karan Rastogi
Jisshu Sengupta as Dr. Bikram Roy (Shivani’s husband)
Anant Vidhaat Sharma as Sunny Katyal
Priyanka Sharma as Pyaari
Avneet Kaur as Meera
Ahad Ali Aamir as Minhas
Saanand Verma as Kapil
Mona Ambegaonkar as Meenu Rastogi
Mahika Sharma as victim
Peter Muxka Manuel as Mboso
Sanjay Taneja as Chief Minister Tanejaj
Saheb Das Manikpuri as Pakya
Anil George as Wakeel
Mikhail Yawalkar as Assistant Police Inspector Balwinder Singh Sodhi