Madaari is a story of a man named Nirmal, played by Irrfan Khan, who loses his family in a man-made disaster. He starts the journey of seeking answers asking for accountability that urges him to take revenge. What happens when an ordinary man then becomes a juggler (Madaari used as a metaphor) and makes the corrupt dance to his tunes?
Directed by Nishikant Kamat, Madaari makes the right noises about the state of the nation and its people owing insensitive politicians and crony contractors. However, the methods that the film uses are rather fanciful. Kamat’s execution falters a bit though. He tries too hard to be ambiguous at times, when a simple storytelling could have been as effective. While the film is about taking a stand and shouldering responsibility, it also showcases the bond between a father and son. As Irrfan and the little boy move across various differing locations, we see the changes in the topography almost as signs of the growing relationship between the host and the hostage. The movie also stars Jimmy Sheirgill, Vishesh Bansal, Tushar Dalvi, Nitish Pandey and Ayesha Raza.
Overall, Madaari may be worth the price of a cinema ticket solely for Irrfan's impeccable one-man performance.