Sherni is a movie that delivers a lot of messages to the public. It isn’t a common everyday movie but also isn’t a completely new genre as well. It is at the end of the day, a fresh story that may differ from the rest of the movies playing in the theatre.
This movie brings upon a different angle to the mankind-wildlife bond. It is a simple story depicting the complex bond between humans and wild animals. Yes, many movies have attempted in style, but Sherni gets to stand out as it shows a wider mindset of humans. This wider set includes the brains of the local politicians, the strick DFO, Vidya Vincent ( played by Vidya Balan), her boss Bansal ( played by Brijendra Kala) and so on. The story shows different sides as to why some people want the man-eater to the dead, and why some want it to be alive.
“Sher hai to hum hai”
This Amit Masurkar directed movie brings forward the interdependence of the human world and the wildlife. “Sher hain to jungle hai, jungle hain to baarish hain, baarish hain to paani hain aur paani hai toh hum hain,” is the dialogue in the movie which has a deep meaning and impact on the audience. It also gives the hint of how not every journey leads to the intended destination, but doesnt go all in vain as well.
No villain in this movie
This movie has no such villain. Of course, there are troublesome people, but even these people are not exactly wrong in their intentions and are just trying to find ways to sort a problem in the easiest way possible. This includes the Boss Bansal, who just wants the man-eater out of the way and hence gets the help of the local hunter Pintu Bhaiyya (played by Sharat Saxena) to kill the wild animal.
Then there are the politicians who want to protect the people by getting rid of the sher. Their intentions are definitely directed by their desire to win the local elections but are also driven by the want to protect the localities as well. The point being, none of the characters in this movie have any intention that can be labelled as “Black.”
The movie has an engaging screenplay by Aastha Tiku, which does bring in negative vibes from the administration and local politicians, but all the sarcastic comments against these bodies functioning come as a result of the natural relationship that local people usually have with their leaders.
Every Character has an Important Role
Sherni is a movie that shows the importance of every character. From the DFO to the wild animal to the localities, all play a vital role, depicting how society works. It is a complex structure with the government looking for quick solutions to the villagers wanting better resources to the tigers wanting to live a fearless life. It also shows how some people use these common duties to their advantage.
The movie also aims at showing how humans tend to treat animals as an inferior species when they also serve a purpose in our lives. There is a scene that brings these details forward, where the boss Bansal stands in his “darbar” in front of a stuffed swamp deer’s head. The pride with which he stands there gives the illusion that he considers those deer’s horns as his crown of success. These scenes of the movie make it a well-crafted one. These just draw a simple picture with delivers a complex and smart message.
The movie has Vidya Balan, Brijendra Kala, Vijay Raaz, Sharat Saxena and Neeraj Kabi on the top in the list of characters. They have all played their role well, shedding their skin to get into the ones required by the movie. Vidya Balan has again shown her talent by taking up a unique role again. While her acting was speechless, this movie is definitely a “Directors” movie. Sherni takes us into the forest and gives us intense and thrilling scenes but also gives us a message with a reasonable amount of humour and fun. That being said, this movie by no way is like the ones where the Roar is heard as a warning bell. The movie stands out for being unique and definitely falls in the must-watch category.