On paper, a simple man-animal premise may appear dull or subdued, but filmmaker Amit Masurkar explains how to give it a sophisticated satirical twist. Sherni, starring Vidya Balan, is based on the true story of Tigress Avni, often known as T1, but told through the eyes of a forest inspector. The tigress was accused of killing people, and she was shot dead in 2018 after a months-long hunt.
The assassination immediately raised a slew of questions. Was it correct? Is Avni a true man-eater? Is it possible to intrude on a wild animal’s area and kill them? All of these questions have answers in the film Sherni from the perspective of everyone who is there in the scene. The picture does not divide itself into right and bad, but rather perspective. It’s an attempt to explore territory that has already been explored in a movie called, Haathi Mere Saathi but not taken forward.
Vidya Balan is a forest officer. She is recently sent to a new office. Her boss is Mr Bansal (Brijendra Kala, hamming it up like only he can). He’s clearly at ease in his luxurious chair, preferring to misquote Shayari over chastising politically connected contractors.
Amit Masurkar’s Sherni isn’t as smooth and enjoyable as Newton, but he does a great job of building impatience. That means you’ll need a lot of patience to sit through the Forest Guard’s routine. As it feels like a movie trapped inside a documentary. ‘You will look for the tiger a hundred times and only see it once,’ as the saying goes. The tiger, on the other hand, has seen you 99 times… It’s monotonous and frustrating to wait for the tigress to appear on the path’s cameras. Moreover, try to predict its path and motive.
Aside from Balan and Kala, the film’s main characters are top-notch actors Vijay Raaz, Sharat Saxena, and Neeraj Kabi. They’ve ditched their Bollywood personas and gone into the skin of the characters they’re portraying. Sherni does not need to use gibberish to lure the audience into its threatened realm to validate its characters.
Sherni looks like a reach with a runtime of nearly 2 hours, despite excellent performances and a realistic plot. We loved the feverishly rutted tale far more than we should have. Also, it did make us want to move things along a little more quickly at times. However, the overwhelming amazement and display of Indian wildlife gradually took us through the film.
Sherni is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.