Movie Review: Lalit Marathe’s Shabri (2011)

Shabri is a painfully dull and shallow film that fails to engage on any level

Zakir Hussain is the only actor in Shabri whose presence can give the viewer some respite, but what he and the guy who will forever be remembered as Ghajini are doing in this painfully dull movie is something even they might not be able to answer. Lalit Marathe tries very hard to recreate the magic of RGV’s gangster flicks, but there is only one RGV, and there is zero hope for Shabri.

Neither do you feel anything for Shabri nor does her coldness intrigue you, and the other characters are limp and lifeless like the story. The premise sounds exciting, no doubt – Mumbai’s first woman gangster, but the lady ain’t no Satya (or Bhiku Mhatre, if there can be another one), and Shabri is bogged down by the shallow plot and the director shoving close-ups of the actors in your face to make you feel their… whatever they’re feeling.

The screenplay is frustrating, the dialogues have been written thoughtlessly, the acting is directionless, and the twists are laughable.

A drunk cop shoving a rod up a boy’s ass or a matka king ripping an errant subordinate’s ear off with a supari cutter won’t excite anyone in 2011. These things don’t shock anyone when they’re inserted in a movie so low on substance.

Isha Koppikar (or however she spells her name now) barks at people when she’s not expressionless. She is Shabri: an uncouth, gun-toting woman in a tattered saree – a character so ghati unappealing that even RGV might not get turned on by her. Shiney Ahuja might like her, but he’ll lose the erection when this bai lifts her saree and points the gun at him and growls, “Mai tereko boli thi!”

I feel terrible for the filmmaker because this movie should have been released and forgotten when it was made, because multiplex goers won’t want to touch Shabri, and she would’ve stood a better chance with single-screen audiences had they not been gearing up for Salman Khan’s next atrocity.


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8 Responses to “Movie Review: Lalit Marathe’s Shabri (2011)”

  1. 1 Amit Kulkarni
    August 26, 2011 at 03:54

    good one !!


  2. August 26, 2011 at 04:02

    “Mai tereko boli thi!”
    Why did you go to watch this one anyway? Even free booze wouldn’t have been worth it.
    Or did Sonal Chauhan have a cameo role in it?
    More than the movie, you going to watch it boggles me. 😀


  3. August 26, 2011 at 06:57

    I went for a preview because I thought RGV might be there. 😛


  4. 5 Anonymous
    August 26, 2011 at 08:27

    Bad, bad film.


  5. 6 KP
    August 27, 2011 at 04:11

    yo can i pass on some reviews i wrote? and if u like u can add it in yr blog

    only cause no one reads my shit..but u have a lot of traffic?..(lol) ?


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