Shabri promotion poster
|Directed by||Lalit Marathe|
|Produced by||Ram Gopal Varma
|Written by||Lalit Marathe|
|Edited by||Avinash Walzade|
|Distributed by||Reliance Pictures|
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 premièred at the New York Asian Film Festival.  The film was officially released worldwide on August 26, 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 )
- Ishaa 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.
- David (16 June 2006). "The Films of Ram Gopal Varma – An Overview". Cinema Strikes Back. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- Much-Delayed Shabri Gets A Sequel! | Box Office India : India’s premier film trade magazine
- RGV: SHABRI is far superior to SATYA - bollywood news : glamsham.com
- When Isha Koppikar was unrecognizable, ApunkaChoice, 25th Apr 2006