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Maazii – Hindi movie review

A thriller that unfolds the untold past


Maazii, an Urdu word – which means the past, is a thriller directed by Jaideep Chopra on the story, screenplay and dialogues penned by Sumit Nijhawan and Shirish Sharma.

Maazii – movie review

The near perfect life of Tarun (Sumit Nijhawan) and Shrishti (Mona Wasu) goes through a sea change after an act of bravery pushes a reluctant Tarun into the limelight.

Debutant director Jaideep Chopra’s Maazii is a pleasant surprise. The film is about the questionable past of Tarun Singh (Sumit Nijhawan) that takes us through the thrilling journey especially in the second half with its unexpected twists and turns.

Maazii open with the interrogation of a ruthless goon Rathi (Pankaj Tripathi) in a small police station, where the Senior Inspector is filing a report of the goon who is caught red handed in a case of rape and mass murder case.

Rathi manages to escape with the help of his accomplice Bhati (Manav Kaushik) who move around mercilessly killing people and visiting a prostitute’s (Pooja Bisht) house who performs a crude item number (which could please the front benchers).

To please the girl, the nasty duo visit a florist to buy red roses – to win this item girl’s heart. The mean chaps throw their weight around in the nursery, resulting in a scuffle between them and Tarun, who commits a heroic act by saving a woman and shooting the mean duo.

This heroic act gets Tarun into limelight and he is even recommended by the local politician for a bravery award by the government.

The consequences of this act shake their utopian world from the very roots.

Till then, Tarun and his wife Shristi (Mona Vasu) who lead a serene and happy lifestyle, now come into limelight and then life changes for them. So much so that even their daughter is in trouble. Shattered, will they ever be able to escape the shadows that threaten to engulf them?

From here on, Maazii grips you in such a way that all the unexpected twists and turns unfold.

Gulab Singh (Manish Chaudhari) plays the investigating officer in charge of the matter.

Mona Vasu is cute as the loving wife, while Sunit Nijhawan portrays restrained anger with an indomitable spirit of a hero. However, the most impressive were the ruthless goons played by Pankaj Tripathi and Manav Kaushik. A surprise element in the film is the character of Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub who plays Ashfaq.

It is a pity that the talented hunk Sumit Nijhawan, who modelled for multinational brands and made his debut in bollywood in 2004 in Girlfriend is yet to carve his niche in the hindi film industry. His memorable performance still remains that of RD in the film Contract (2008).

Cast of Maazii:
Sumit Nijhawan as Tarun Singh
Mona Wasu as Shrishti
Manish Chaudhari as Gulab Singh
Pankaj Tripathi as Satinder Rathi
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub as Ashfaq
Mukesh Rishi as Malhaan Singh
Zakir Hussain as Mahinder
Manav Kaushik as Satinder Bhati
Ashok Banthia as Satbeer
Devender Chaudhary as Rajinder Choudhary
Mohit Chauhan as Sushil Jain
Pooja Bisht as Shanno
Saanvi Sharma as Minal
Vansh Chopra as Young Tarun


Crew of Maazii:
Presented by FilmyBox and Jaideep Chopra Productions
Directed by Jaideep Chopra
Produced by Narendra Singh and Jaideep Chopra
DOP – Surjodeep Ghosh
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues – Shirish Sharma & Sumit Nijhawan
Art Direction – Aparna Sud
Editor – Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Sound Design – Chaitanya Modha
Music and Background – Faizan Hussain & Agnel Roman
Lyrics – Swanand Kirkire & Arun Kumar
Singers – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mika, Rekha Bhardwaj, Shalmali Kholgade, Nikhil Paul George, Manjeera Ganguly
Creative Post Production Design – Babar Rao
Choreography – Mansi Aggarwal
Action Director – R.P. Yadav
Make up – Anil Gire
Costume Design – Kashmira Gaonkar