Sherni Review: A must watch movie

Sherni Review: A must watch movie

Cast: Vidya Balan, Vijay Raaz, Neeraj Kabi, Brijesh Kala, Ila Arun

Director: Amit Masurkar

Star: **** 1/2

Tigers are an endangered species and it is a well-known fact that that in order to maintain the equilibrium of nature, one needs to protect them from getting extinct. Another fact that is widely circulated is that India is home to 70% of the tiger population of the world and hence the onus as a nation to conserve them is even greater. Given that the population of tigers in the country has been steadily increasing we would like to believe that our tiger reserve programs are functioning well and there is little reason for us to doubt that there could be any politics involved in the same. 

The movie Sherni that recently released on OTT platform Amazon Prime Video is an eye-opener in this regards. Not only it sheds light on how everything and anything in India can be politicised but also the finer intricacies of human-animal conflicts. 

The movie manages to answer the most commonly asked questions in regards to why animals attack humans and why tribal communities and villagers enter jungles when they are well aware of the danger that lurks in these densely vegetated areas. 

In the movie Sherni, the main lead is Vidya Balan, who plays Divisional Forest Officer Vidya Vincent. On the face of it, it is her job to save the tigers and to safeguard villagers and their cattle to be attacked or eaten by the tiger but it is also on her to make her space as a woman in a man's world. 

The storyline of the movie takes a cue from a real-life incident of Tiger Avni. Avni was also known as T1 was accused of killing 13 people. After the search operations that lasted for months, she was shot dead in Yavatmal, Maharashtra, by a civilian. This incident took place in 2018 and the case in regards to the same is still being heard in Supreme Court and there are still trying to establish whether Avni was a man-eater or not. That aside, many activists described the killing of Avni as ‘cold-blooded murder’.

Avni was survived by two 10-month old cubs that were later rescued.

Coming over to the movie, the star cast has performed exceptionally well. Vidya Balan is an exceptional actress and in this movie too she brings her A-game. Vijay Raaz and Brijesh Kala too have done a great job. In addition to this, the story of the movie along with the direction takes a lot of credit. It takes a lot of hard work to have an unconventional story like this told in such an impactful manner. The movie manages to deliver the right message and will make each person watching it think hard of the challenge we have in regards to saving these gorgeous animals before it is too late. While most people now realise that co-existence is the way forward but our actions seldom reflect this. 

Sherni is streaming on Amazon Prime Video from June 18 at midnight and we believe that it is a must-watch movie. 

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