Movie Review: Shabri (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★½☆☆
Box Office: Flop

Earlier, those revolting against the negative forces would seek shelter in the jungles. But, over a period of time, more and more films with urban themes started getting made and the new poster boys of the have-nots were born and raised in slums and chawls.

SHABRI, directed by Lalit Marathe, tells the story of a gangster from the slums. The difference is, it’s a woman this time. She’s wronged, she’s livid, she seeks vengeance. Come to think of it, I am sure, slums may have women as gang leaders, those who call the shots, but a movie on a woman gangster has never been attempted in Bollywood earlier. That makes SHABRI the first of its kind.

Though well executed with several interesting moments, the problem with SHABRI is that it comes too late in the day. I mean, haven’t we had an overdose of gangster movies in rapid succession? Besides, SHABRI is atypical RGV flm [though it’s directed by Lalit Marathe] in terms of mood, setting and even shot compositions.

SHABRI tells the story of an ordinary slum woman who takes to the world of crime. Working in a flour mill to support her family, Shabri [Isha Koppikar] struggles hard to make an honest living. Her life takes a dramatic turn when a cop puts Shabri’s brother behind bars and tortures him, which results in his death. An uncontrollable rage seizes Shabri that sees her kill the cop, triggering off a mayhem of violence.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “The action is fast-paced, the acting is immensely watchable and Shabri ends up as a stylish debut by director Lalit Marathe.”
3.0 “Marathe’s SHABRI moves with speed, is slickly shot and has a background score which adds weight to the screenplay.”
3.0 “Shabri is grim, and fairly engaging.”
DNA India
3.0 “Shabri is not a bad fare in itself, but falls short of being a Satya in many ways.”
3.0 “Shabri is worth a watch mainly for its brilliant performances and intense plot.”
3.0 “Shabri – Celebrates gangsterisims as ordered by RGV.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Shabri fails to draw enough drama or dread”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “SHABRI comes too late in the day. Sure, it holds your attention in parts, but there’s no novelty whatsoever in its plot.”
Bollywood Hungama
2.0 “Shabri doesn’t rise above the ordinary”
IBN Live
2.0 “Shabri is strictly for those who aren’t bored of gangsta flicks yet.”
1.5 ” Audiences won’t find anything new in this movie.”
Bollywood Hungama
1.5 “Shabri is far from the gripping film it had the potential to be..”


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