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| August 26, 2011 (2011-08-26)|Shabri Wikipedia
Shabri is 2011 Hindi film directed by Lalit Marathe and produced by Ram Gopal Varma. It is about a woman, played by Ishaa Koppikar, who becomes the first female crime lady in Mumbai. The film was completed in 2005 and was showcased as the opening film at International Rome Film Festival, and was also premiered at the New York Asian Film Festival. The film was officially released worldwide on 26 August 2011.
The film starts with accidental death of Kisnya (younger brother of the villain), who insists that Shabri be handed over to Police for the murder of Inspector Khare, which Murad ( a friendly neighbor of Shabri family who is a bookie ) forcefully opposes. Shabri is guilty of murder of a wicked police inspector (Khare) who tried to rape her in police station in front of her younger brother who is already tortured enough by Khare ( the film shows perhaps the most dreadful third-degree sequence ever ! ) After which, Murad and Shabri (now both murderers) run away from Mumbai to a farmhouse uptown, but are nevertheless traced by Rajdar bhau's gang (who is even helped by a corrupt officer named Inspector Kadam). There is a shoot out. Murad gets shot and is captured by the gang (he will be later put to death with two dozen bullets by angry Rajdar Bhau (who is dying to avenge his younger brother's death)). Shabri is taken to Kadam's flat where the shamelessly drunk officer tries to rape her but Shabri again somehow manages to run away after shooting Kadam in foot and breaking his forehead with a bottle of beer.
Now another friend of the late Murad namely Vilas helps her. Here an interesting character, Irfan Kazi (played by Zakir Hussain) enters the story, interesting because it is not possible to make out if he is good or evil. Nevertheless, he is an "encounter cop" ( now a fixed theme in Hindi crime films ) who is fed up with killing criminals and wishes to do something more creative for his own entertainment. This he does by giving Shabri inside knowhow of Rajdar Bhau's gang where unknown to the egotist Rajdar almost every one, by now fed up with selfishness of their boss, is standing on brink of rebellion. In the dramatic climax when Shabri at last comes face to face with Rajdar bhau, the audience is shocked to learn that Shabri is not there to beg for mercy but to kill Rajdar bhau ! Each gangster standing around them are now friends of Shabri and ready to kill Rajdar at her signal - their guns are pointed at Rajdar bhau (using her leadership qualities and Kazi's contacts she has convinced all of them that their future and well being is now in getting rid of Rajdar bhau and reorganizing under Shabri's being their chief under whom they will all work as equal partners ). The role played by Anshul Joshi is very influential and astonishingIshaa Koppikar .... Shabri
Manish Wadhwa .... Vilas
Pradeep Rawat .... Rajdhar Bhau
Raj Arjun .... Murad
Zakir Hussain .... Inspector Irfan Qazi
Vijay Kadechkar .... Bandya
Sanjay Kulkarni .... Inspector Kadam
Datta Sonawane .... Inspector Khare
Niraj Kumar .... Kisnya Bhau
Parvez Khan .... Rahuu
Mohit Dwivedi ... Arjun
Anshul Joshi .... Ram
Vimal Mhatre .... Shabri's Mother
Kishore Nandlaskar .... Shabri's Father
Ragesh Asthana .... Shardool Seth
Chandan Pethkar .... Nana
Archana Thavre .... Mrs. Khare
Pravesh Mishra .... Khare's Son
Urmila Matondkar .... Cameo
Ishaa Koppikar's make-up was so convincing that security and producers wouldn't let her enter the set, as they didn't recognize her.