Sherni Review: Vidya Balan’s powerful performance couldn’t save this tepid drama

Sherni might not be a great weekend watch but you can go with this for a one-time watch with your family for amazing performances.

Sherni delivers you a panoramic view of the forest. The film makes sure that I am well aware that I’ve landed in a thick, dangerous environment. Vidya Balan, who plays Divisional Forest Officer Vidya Vincent in the film, feels the same way. Vidya is here to resolve human-animal disputes, which we hear about every day in the news. But her battles aren’t limited to that. As a woman in a man’s world, she must find her footing.


T12, a tigress with a desire for human flesh, has developed a taste for it. This petrifies the villagers who live near her habitat, as well as providing a drumbeat for political opponents in a local election.

Vidya suggests that T12 and her two cubs be transported to a national park. The hunter Pintu (Sharat Saxena), on the other hand, struts in, his manhood measured in tiger kills.

Gender adds an extra layer of intrigue to the film. Vidya finds herself exploring a wilderness similar to T12’s lair, with her clownish yet loathsome boss Bansal (Brijendra Kala) frequently talking down to or simply ignoring her.


Vidya Balan is fantastic in a more subdued role. Balan stands out in a throng without pushing her way through, despite being surrounded by others and unable to impose herself. Vidya Balan has once again demonstrated her readiness to take on an unusual story and succeed, yet Sherni is a director’s picture. Only if her character was properly written and presented, it would have done more justice to the film.

All the other main characters, Brijendra Kala, Vijay Raaz, Sharat Saxena, and Neeraj Kabi, are in great form. They’ve ditched their normal Bollywood personas and immersed themselves in the lives of the characters.

Screenplay and direction:

The outstanding screenplay by Aastha Tiku is full of critical comments on administration and local politicians, but they all appear to be doing what they think is best for the local populace at the moment. Their methods and techniques may differ, but their aims are unmistakably good.

The characters of the film although lacks its authenticity and hence make it a lazy watch at some points. The direction of the film doesn’t serve anything that we have not watched earlier but is a decent watch.


Without being self-indulgent, the camera (Rakesh Haridas) captures the forest. When beauty is all around you, there’s no need to emphasize it. Though we rarely see the elusive tiger on TV, we often get the impression that the characters are being observed.


Sherni might not be a great weekend watch but you can go with this for a one-time watch with your family for amazing performances.

Sherni Review












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  • Background score
  • Cinematography

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